Dr Ben O Latigo was Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia and serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the International Conference on Renewable Energy for Developing Countries 2006.
In 2004, with the receipt of an endowment grant from the Department of Energy to promote renewable energy research and education, he conceived the idea of a conference that would address renewable energy development in developing countries as well as a Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy (CERE) at the university. This effort has led to much activity by a team of dedicated faculty and staff at both national and international level, in preparation for the conference and the inauguration of CERE. The team enjoys collaboration with industry partners and renewable energy experts, organizations, and practitioners from all over the world. Dr Latigo was instrumental in putting together a distinguished international panel to serve on the Conference Advisory Board.
Dr Latigo received his BS degree with honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi, a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. Dr Latigo has held a number of executive positions in his native Uganda.
During his career, Dr Latigo has authored over 20 technical papers and articles, covering fluid turbulence, applied aerodynamics, mechanics, and engineering education. Dr Latigo is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and Senior Member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also served as an engineering evaluator for ABET and is a member of the Executive Committee of ASEE’s Aerospace Division. Dr Latigo is the recipient of many honours. In 2002, the National Coalition of Black Federal Aviation Employees honoured him as the recipient of the Ron E McNair award for his lifelong achievements in Aerospace Engineering. Dr Latigo was previously tenured at Makerere University, Arizona State University, and the University of Toledo.