Dr. Afreen Siddiqi, Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Afreen Siddiqi is a Research Scientist in the Engineering Systems Division. She has an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering, S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Systems, all from MIT.

Dr. Siddiqi is an author of over 50 publications, some of which have appeared in leading journals such as Energy Policy, Water International, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, and ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems. Her opinion editorials on water policy and the energy, water, food nexus have appeared in The Express Tribune, a major newspaper in Pakistan affiliated with The International New York Times. Dr. Siddiqi has received several awards and fellowships including the Amelia Earhart Fellowship (2000-01), Richard D. DuPont Fellowship (2003-04), and the inaugural Rene H. Miller Prize (awarded annually for outstanding research) in Systems Engineering (2006). She is also a member of Pi Tau Sigma, and Tau Beta Pi (the national Engineering Honor Society).

Prior to her research career, she worked full-time as an engineer in the R&D division of National Instruments on the company’s flagship product, Lab VIEWTM, in Austin, Texas. She has also worked in Schlumberger (oil and gas services company) in Houston, Texas and has consulted with several corporations such as BP, Lockheed Martin, and Aurora Flight Systems.