STEM DRC Initiative Founder Presents Keynote Address

STEM DRC Initiative Founder, Dr. Sandrine Mubenga, Ph.D., PE, was honored to be invited to present the Keynote Address at the Inaugural Madison College Student Showcase Event Fall 2020 on December 1, 2020. 

The 3 day virtual event began On December 1, 2020 and will run until December 3, 2020 with programming from 8 AM to 10 PM each day.   The purpose of the event is to highlight the work of 90+ students from Madison College by sharing their video presentations about their work. 

The program also features big ideas from prominent keynote speakers who are doing amazing work in their communities and around the world. 

From the Event Program:

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.


Dr. Mubenga is the founder and former CEO of SMIN Power Group, a solar developer with offices in the USA and in the D.R.Congo. In 2018, She 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. 


She recently assembled a remote team to design and build ventilators for pandemic response in the Congo. She founded a company that provides energy solutions to small towns that lack electricity in the Congo, like the one she grew up in, and inspires students in STEM, both in the USA and the DRC, by showing them what is possible.

Dr. Mubenga was honored to be invited to be a keynote speaker.  Her message was delivered in hopes of inspiring others to overcome adversity and to apply their education to create innovations in fields that improve lives.  She hopes her story, culminating in work as an Electrical Engineer, an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology at the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo, an entrepreneur, and a philanthropist serving those in need will encourage others to aim high and be the best they can be.

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