Dr. Afreen Siddiqi is a Research Scientist in the Engineering Systems Division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is also a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her primary research background is in inter-disciplinary modeling and analysis of complex systems with the goal of informing better management and design decisions. Her current research focus is on water, energy, and agriculture systems, and their emerging cross-domain couplings, in developing countries.
Dr. Siddiqi obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1999 and a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2001, both from MIT. She worked at National Instruments in Austin, Texas as an Applications and Software Engineer where she was part of product Research & Development and created the first version of the controls and simulation toolkit for LabVIEW – the company’s flagship software product. She returned to MIT in 2003 and obtained a Ph.D. in Aerospace Systems in 2006 with her work focusing on system architecture and space exploration logistics. As part of her post-doctoral work she evaluated the logistics of long duration exploration campaigns.
As a Research Scientist at MIT, her recent work has focused on applying Systems Engineering tools for planning water, energy, and agricultural systems for future resource constraints and uncertainty. She has published widely in conference proceedings and in archival journals such as Water International, Energy Policy, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Journal of Mechanical Design, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, and Acta Astronautica. Dr. Siddiqi has been a recipient of the Amelia Earhart Fellowship (2000-1), Richard D. DuPont Fellowship (2003-04), and the inaugural Rene Miller prize in Systems Engineering for her doctoral research (2006).
Afreen Siddiqi will teach Project Management Principles at MASHLM in 2017.