Dr. Khurram Afridi is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research interest is in ultra-high efficiency and high power density Power Electronics. Prior to joining MIT in January 2009 he led the development of LUMS School of Science and Engineering (SSE), which is Pakistan’s first private science and engineering Research School. As its founding Project Director he helped raise $58 million for LUMS SSE and guided the school from a concept in 2004 through start of classes in Fall 2008. For roughly a decade Khurram was also the Chief Operating Officer of Techlogix and helped the company grow into a diversified software services company. He has also worked at Schlumberger, Philips, Lutron, and JPL. At JPL he was part of the SURFSAT-1 design team â a student designed satellite that was launched into orbit in 1995.
Khurram received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and his Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Khurram received the BMW Scientific Award in 1999, holds the honorary Werner-von-Siemens Chair for Power Electronics at LUMS SSE and is a contributing author of the Power Electronics Handbook. He is a member of the Board of Management of the Engineering Development Board of Pakistan and a member of the Institutional Review Board of Shaukat Khanum Hospital.