Dr. Essa holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham (2011), BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Alexandria, in Mechanical and Production Engineering. Following his PhD, Dr. Essa joined Partnership for Research in Simulation of Manufacturing and Materials (PRISM2) as a research staff leading research projects in cooperation with Rolls-Royce and MTC.
Dr Essa is currently the Deputy Head of the Manufacturing Research Group and at School of Engineering and the director of the Advanced Manufacturing Lab. He is also the academic lead for the University of Birmingham campus in Dubai. He was the Deputy Research Director and Employability Champion for the School of Mechanical Engineering.
Dr Essa holds Honorary Professorship from the Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Jordan. He is Charter Engineer, Member in the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr Essa is also setting in the editorial board of three journals.