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Sandrine Mubenga PhD, PE


Dr. Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga, PE is Assistant Professor at the Engineering Technology Department at the University of Toledo (UT), Ohio, USA where she received the Bachelor’s (2005), Master’s (2008) and Doctorate (2017) degrees in Electrical Engineering with honors. Her research areas include battery management systems, electric vehicles, and renewable energy systems. Her battery research won the 2018 IEEE National Aerospace & Electronics Conference Best Poster Award in the USA, while her hybrid electric vehicle research won the 2008 University of Toledo EECS Dept. Most Outstanding Thesis Award. Prior to this role, Sandrine was the Manager of Electrical Engineering at UT where she helped manage a $65 million budget. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Ohio, USA.

Sandrine is also an entrepreneur. Since 2011, she is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SMIN Power Group, a solar developer with offices in the USA and in the D.R.Congo. In 2018, Sandrine founded the STEM DRC Initiative, a non-profit organization that aims to encourage Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) in the D.R.Congo. She is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Société Nationale d’ Eléctricité, the main electric utility company in the D.R.Congo.

Sandrine is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 2009, she started and chaired the first IEEE Graduate of the Last Decade Group in the Toledo Section. She chaired the 2017 IEEE PowerAfrica Conference in Ghana with attendees from over 30 countries. Sandrine received many awards including the 2018 IEEE Engineer of the Year Award, the 2017 Africa Most Influential Women Award in Engineering and Manufacturing by CEO Magazine, and she was inducted in the 2018-2019 World Association of Cooperative Education Co-op Hall of Fame.

Dr. Wale Odukomaiya

Dr. Wale Odukomaiya is an experienced researcher, engineer, and scientist with expertise in building energy science/technology, thermal energy storage materials and systems, electro-mechanical energy storage, and renewable/distributed energy systems integration including policy and economics.


Dr. Odukomaiya currently serves as a Director's Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, USA, the United States Department of Energy's flagship research center for renewable energy and energy efficiency. His current work at NREL is focused on the development and characterization of novel low temperature combined thermal and moisture storage materials for buildings. Prior to this, he spent 3.5 years as a research associate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, another US Department of Energy research laboratory. Dr. Odukomaiya was educated at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he obtained a Bachelors, Masters, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Heat Transfer and Energy Systems.


Dr. Odukomaiya has published over 15 peer-reviewed research papers and holds a patent on combined compressed gas/pumped hydro electricity storage with waste heat recovery capabilities. He is passionate about energy technologies, improving energy access in developing regions, and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers, especially those from groups historically underrepresented in these fields.

Djami Kakona is a senior engineer with specification in electrical Power engineering.  With about 10 years work experience around multi international companies around the world. He is a graduate from Wayne State University in Michigan United States and hold a Master’s degree in electrical engineering (2017) and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (2013) from Tshwane University of Technology Pretoria South Africa. He has worked in the mining, semiconductor, automotive and commercial industries.

He is a Knowledgeable Electrical Engineer with strong understanding of Electrical Engineering principles, techniques, design and engineering management’s tools with a Proven strong technical and computer abilities using variety of software and equipment with more focus on high, medium and low voltage power system. Strong communication abilities along with exceptional problem solving, management and troubleshooting skills, Hardworking, highly motivated, team player, creative, ready for challenges but also open minded.

Djami is also an entrepreneur. Since 2017, he is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of DK Group LLC an automation vending machine provider in Arizona USA.

Djami he is a member of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Djami Kakona