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Engr. Dr. Kennedy Chinedu Okafor:


Engr. Dr. Kennedy Chinedu Okafor a Senior Member, IEEE, USA; Chair of IEEE Consultants Network AG- Nigeria, and a Senior teaching researcher with the Department of Mechatronics Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri-Nigeria. Kennedy is a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and serves as a Cisco Systems Ambassador. He holds a Post-Doc appointment with Simon Fraser University, BC-Canada). He formerly worked with Electronic Development Institute under National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, (NASENI) Nigeria as a Senior R&D Engineer (2006-2014). He received the prestigious Vice-Chancellor Award as the overall best graduating Ph.D. student from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria Nsukka in Digital Electronics & Computer Engineering, (2017). Kennedy has various vendor Certifications - IEEE Big Data Analytics®, IEEE Cyber Security®, IEEE Green IT®, Cloud Governance (CCE), CCNA®, (Data Center, R&S), (CCNP®), CompTIA A+®, CompTIA Server+®, Server+, DevNet, and IBM IoT Cloud Developer Certifications. Kennedy has strong R&D experience (16 years+) in Cybernetics, Robotics, Advanced Computing, Scale Agile-Scrum designs, Data Center Automation, Big Data Analytics, AI, and Cybersecurity. Kennedy has organized over 50+ IEEE events in Africa (Nigercon, ICAST, Power Africa, Big Data Africa, MAC-2019, PAC2021, Nigercon2022, etc) as well as serving as a Keynote speaker in IEEE Conferences in Asia and Africa. He is also on the editorial review board of more than 15 high Impact factor Journals in the US, UK, Asia, and Africa. He has won several national and int’l grants. Kennedy is the IoT Team Lead, Waste Management-Hazard Alert System, (WM-HAS)- a Tetfund, Nigeria Project. Kennedy is the Project lead in COVID-19 Marketplace Robot (IEEE HAC Project), Cisco Digital Skill-UP (IEEE Project), IEEE Solar Blood-bank Project (ISBBP), and has attracted several portfolios in Africa. He is the Manager of  IEEE Skillup Hub Nigeria, Cisco Academy (FUTO), and PI- MSR Labs, FUTO. In 2018, Kennedy won the category Best reviewer for Web of Science/Publons. Kennedy is the recipient of outstanding Volunteer of IEEE R8 ASYP Congress 2017 (EMEA) and IEEE Nigeria Section NIGERCON Merit Award 2017 (NG). In 2009, Kennedy served with the Nigerian House of Representative Committee on Cyber-security and Information Protection Bill. In 2010, Kennedy executed a major World Bank Project on ICT in Nigeria. Also, he was the Lead Consultant in the Biometric Data Capture for PHCN in 2011. Kennedy has developed various tech products such as COVID-19 Robots, Ventilators, Smart meters (AMI), Climate change IoT sensor modules, Data-loggers, Micro-grids, Spine-Leaf Datacenters; Digital boards, Energy Tracking Systems, Language Translators & Forensic Robots. He is an author of #3 University books, #2 monographs, #5 Book Chapters, #150+ publications (indexed in Google Scholar, Scopus & Web of Science| Publons); reviewed over 250 papers, and has presented papers in both Int'l and local Conferences. He serves on the Editorial boards of IEEE, Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis, IGI global journals mostly in USA and UK. To date, Kennedy is currently collaborating with the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA; Cisco Systems, USA, National Instruments, Texas-USA, Smart Power and Energy Systems Research Group (SPESRG) - University of Johannesburg, South-Africa. He is a Certified member of COREN, NSE, NCS, CSEAN, etc, and a Fellow of African Scientific Institute, USA. Kennedy is happily married with children.