From 1989 to 1999, he was a research scientist at Philips Research Laboratories, where he designed sensor systems for interactive displays, and analog front-ends for optical and magnetic recording systems. In 1999 he joined Delft University of Technology, where he is currently an Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Engineering and Head of the Microelectronics Department.

Dr. Makinwa holds 30+ patents, has authored or co-authored 250+ technical papers and 10 books, and has co-edited 6 more. He is currently the Analog Subcommittee Chair of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the top conference in the field of IC design. He has also been on the program committees of several other IEEE conferences, including the VLSI symposium and ESSCIRC. He is a co-organizer of the Advances in Analog Circuit Design (AACD) workshop, as well as the Sensor Interfaces Meeting. He has served as a Guest Editor of the Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), as a Distinguished Lecturer and is an elected AdCom member of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society.

For his Ph.D. research, Dr. Makinwa was awarded the title of 'Simon Stevin Gezel' by the Dutch Technology Foundation (STW). Together with his students, he has received two JSSC best paper awards, as well as 13 other best paper awards from major conferences, including the ISSCC, the VLSI Symposium and Transducers. At the 60th anniversary of ISSCC, he was recognized as one of its top ten contributing authors, as well as the second most prolific in the preceding decade. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), an IEEE Fellow and a member of the editorial board of the Proceedings of the IEEE, the society’s flagship journal.