The main objective of his research work is to use mathematical theories
and methodologies to gain insights into the dynamics of various engineering and biological
systems which are of industrial, environmental, medical and social interest.
Professor Makinde’s research work has contributed immensely to the upliftment of previously
disadvantaged groups in South Africa and Africa at large, especially in the area of mathematical
science research and training. He has taught, supervised and promoted several students at BSc
(Honours), Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral levels from many African countries. He coauthored two applied mathematics textbooks (Particle Mechanics - ISBN 0-908307-79-9; A
Mathematical Introduction to Incompressible Flow - ISBN 0-908307-78-0) two Open University
monographs on Mechanics and Incompressible Flow Theory and published over 200 research
articles in several reputable international journals and conference proceedings. He has
organized, chaired and participated in several national, regional and international conferences in
many countries all over the world (USA, Nigeria, Germany, China, United Kingdom, Italy, South
Africa, Ghana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Poland, India, Rwanda, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ivory Coast,
Namibia, Botswana, Malawi and Kenya), where he also presented papers on his various
research findings. He is the deputy editor of Afrika Matematika - a journal of African
Mathematical Union. He also served as an editorial board member and reviewer to many
reputable international Journals.

Professor Makinde is presently the Secretary General of African Mathematical Union (AMU),
Advisory board member of Pan African Centre of Mathematics (PACM) based in Dar es
Salaam, Tanzania, Scientific committee member of Centre for Applied Research in
Mathematical Sciences (CARMS) at Strathmore University in Kenya and an associate member
of National Institute of Theoretical Physics (NITheP) in South Africa. He served as academic
advisory board member for African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) - South Africa
(2003-2005), Associate Member of International Centre for Theoretical Physics (2000-2005),
General Secretary of the Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association (2002-2004) and
Vice–President (2004-2006), a resource person to South African CSIR Modelling and Digital
Science (MDS) unit (2008 till present) and a member of organizing and scientific committee for
Mathematics in Industry Study Group of South Africa (MISGSA).

Professor Makinde received several academic and research excellent awards and honours
within South Africa and beyond, among them are: Winner of 2009-2010 prestigious National
Science and Technology Forum & National Research Foundation award for his outstanding
contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation as well as research capacity
development in South Africa over the last 5-10 years; 2008/2009 National Science and
Technology Forum & National Research Foundation finalist award for his outstanding
contribution to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation as well as research capacity
development in South Africa over the last 5-10 years; 2008 CUPT Bronse research award
winner, 2009 CPUT Platinium research award winner; Best Senior Research Scientists Award
winner at University of Limpopo, South Africa (1999-2007), African Mathematical Union
research Medal for Excellence in Applied Mathematics (2003), Zimbabwe Literary Award winner
for Best Non-Fiction Textbooks Author (2001), to name but a few.