Philippa Ngaju Makobore
Philippa Ngaju Makobore is the Department Head of the Instrumentation Division at the Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI). She received a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada in 2008 and a Professional Certificate in Embedded Systems Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA. Her core expertise is the design of electronic applications that are appropriate and affordable for low resource contexts in healthcare. Under her leadership, the Instrumentation Division has designed and developed award-winning medical devices that include a diagnostic tool for pneumonia and an Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF) for intravenous delivery of fluids. She is the project lead for UIRI in the UBORA consortium that comprises of East African and European partners that have developed an e-infrastructure for the collaborative design and development of open-source medical devices. Under the UBORA project, the Instrumentation Division has designed a portable infant warmer for neonates with hypothermia. She is a founding member of the African Biomedical Engineering Consortium (ABEC), IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, a founding member of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Uganda Section, member IEEE Region 8 WIE and member of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES).