Meet Charles Mwangi, Director of Engineering at American Based Company Tesla

  • Kenyan national Charles Mwangi is the Director of Engineering at American Company Tesla Incorporated that specializes in electric vehicles, energy storage, and solar panel manufacturing.

    Mwangi has been a Director at the Elon Musk-owned company since November 2016 having worked at the firm for almost seven years.

    He is an alumnus of Strathmore School where he studied from 1994-1997.

    Thereafter, he pursued his a Bachelor of Science at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and later moved to the United States where he acquired a graduate degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the Tennessee State University.

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    In 2010, Mwangi landed a job at Nissan Motor Corporation as a senior manufacturing engineer.

    Two years later, he moved to Tesla Motors in the same capacity.

    While working at the California based company, Mwangi steadily moved up ranks working as the Manager manufacturing engineering and later as the senior manager of the department.

    In November 2016, he advanced to be the Director of Engineering, a position he holds to date.

    In his online profile, Mwangi describes himself as an "engineering Leader with substantial expertise in results-oriented leadership in a fast-paced company, product development for manufacturability, manufacturing process development, and new product introduction. First-hand experience in recruiting and developing a first-class technical team while maintaining world-class high standards."

    Tesla, Inc. (formerly Tesla Motors) was founded in 2003 and specializes in electric cars, lithium-ion battery energy storage, and residential photovoltaic panels (through the subsidiary company SolarCity).

     The additional products Tesla sells include the Tesla Powerwall and Powerpack batteries, solar panels, and solar roof tiles.

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