Prof. Mwakali has had industrial practice of 30 years since his first degree graduation. He pursued postgraduate studies and obtained both MSc and PhD degrees in structural engineering, becoming arguably the first Ugandan to obtain a PhD in structural engineering. He has assumed a prominent role as a high calibre structural engineering consultant in all major construction materials and forms in Uganda and beyond. He has been Team Leader in several consultancy assignments, including Construction of numerous public and private buildings; Construction and maintenance of roads and bridges; Local Content Studies in Uganda’s Oil and Gas Industry; etc.
Prof. Mwakali was the first person ever to get promoted to the rank of full professor in engineering at the Faculty of Technology, Makerere University. He was Head of Department of Civil Engineering from 1999 to April 2008. In 2000 he co-authored an undergraduate textbook on Theory and Analysis of Structures; in 2006 he convened the 1st International Conference on Advances in Engineering and Technology, and co-edited the proceedings thereof published by Elsevier Ltd. of Oxford, UK; he likewise co-edited proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Advances in Engineering and Technology published by Macmillan in 2011.
Prof. Mwakali is thoroughly acquainted with all major structural design standards and codes of practice, including Uganda Standards (which he has been at the forefront of formulating); British, European and American Standards for structural design; etc. He is an accomplished computer programmer and taught Computer Science at Makerere University at Bachelors, Masters and PhD levels. He also has hands-on experience in several computer-aided analysis and design suites, including PROKON, STAAD, LUSAS, etc.
Prof. Mwakali sits on several international and national technical committees. He is widely travelled in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America