Dr. Afreen Siddiqi is a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her primary research background is in 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 has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics 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 and obtained a Ph.D. in Aerospace Systems 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 work has focused on applying Systems Engineering tools for planning water, energy, and agricultural systems for future resource constraints and uncertainty. She has over 85 publications that include refereed journal articles, refereed conference proceedings, and several book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and technical reports. Dr. Siddiqi has been a recipient of the Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Richard D. DuPont Fellowship, and the inaugural Rene Miller prize in Systems Engineering for her doctoral research.
Afreen Siddiqi will teach Project Management Principles in the MASHLM program.