Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Afreen Siddiqi - Linkages between Food, Energy, and Water

Dr. Afreen Siddiqi has joint positions as a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Visiting Scholar with the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. Her research expertise is at the intersection of engineering, policy, and international development.

Dr. Afreen Siddiqi was one of the keynote speakers for last year's 2015 International WaTER Conference.

Afreen has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Systems, all from MIT. She combines quantitative tools and qualitative methods for complex socio-technical systems analysis.  Some of her current research is on the emerging critical linkages between water, energy, and food security at urban, provincial, and national scales in developing countries.  

Water, already necessary to sustain life, is also needed for growing food and producing energy.

Dr. Siddiqi has worked in an engineering capacity with oil and gas, instrumentation, and aerospace sectors, and currently serves in advisory roles in several international academic and research institutions.
In many countries, water shortages affect quality of life for both children and animals.
We are pleased to welcome Afreen Siddiqi as one of the jurors to select the winner of the 2017 OU International Water Prize.  As part of the WaTER Center Symposium on September 22, Dr. Siddiqi will also be part of a panel discussion on "Critical Water Issues in Today's World". 

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