Amro Farid

Amro Farid


Assistant Professor - Engineering Systems and Management

Dr. Amro Farid joined Masdar Institute in July 2010 as an assistant professor in the Engineering Systems & Management program and currently leads the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems (LI2NES).  Prior to joining, he received his Sc.B. (2000) and Sc.M. (2002) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT where he focused on System Dynamics and Control.  He completed his Ph.D. (2007) at the Institute for Manufacturing within the University of Cambridge Engineering Department. This research addressed the design and evaluation of Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems to support short product life cycles and mass-customization. In so doing, novel simulation methods were developed while completing work in over 30 industrial companies in a variety of industrial sectors.  More recently, he has worked as an environment and green house gases specialist at Air Liquide Group.  

There he fulfilled the role of environmental manager for Air Liquide's worldwide fleet of production facilities and also served as a technical policy advocate for the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme and Integrated Pollution Prevention  & Control directives as applied to best available techniques in the design and operation of hydrogen and syngas production facilities.  Since joining Masdar Institute, he has focused on the large-scale penetration of variable energy resources in the power and has maintained active contributions in the MIT Future of the Electricity Grid study, the IEEE Control Systems Society, and the MIT-Masdar Institute initiative.  

Courses/Teaching interests:

Dr. Farid's currently teaches:

  • ESM 501 System Architecture
  • ESM 616 Techno-Economic Analysis in Power Systems Operations & Planning

Teaching interests broadly cover:

  • Systems Engineering of Large Complex Systems
  • System Dynamics & Control of Engineered Systems
  • Operations Management & Research

Advisor to current Masdar Institute students:

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Research Interest/Research Projects

The LI2NESaddresses the engineering of industrial control, automation and IT systems as applied to integrated networks of engineering systems that include commercial, industrial and infrastructure systems. From a discipline perspective three fields are addressed:

  • Systems Engineering: engineering of integrated control, automation, and IT systems.
  • Operations Management & Research:  The operations and planning of large scale complex networks
  • Technology Policy:  The support of energy-water environmental objectives through the lens of technology adoption and facilitation.  


From an application perspective, these fields have been applied to: 

  • Smart Power Grid: as full value chain including power generation, power transmission & distribution, and building systems.  
  • Smart Energy-Water Nexus:  focusing on points of interconnection including power generation, desalination, water pumping, and building systems
  • Smart Energy-Transportation Nexus: focusing on the electric vehicle as point of interconnection.  
  • Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems:  Automated manufacturing to support sustainable, mass-customized products.  

The LI2NES contributes the following Masdar Institute research thrusts:  Renewable Energy Technologies, Energy Storage, Smart Grids, Transportation Ssytems, Energy Policy & Planning, Water Resources Engineering, and Demand Side Management of Building Systems.  

Selected Publications

  • J. G. Kassakian, R. Schmalensee, G. Desgroseilliers, T. D. Heidel, K. Afridi, A. M. Farid, J. M. Grochow, W. W. Hogan, H. D. Jacoby, J. L. Kirtley, H. G. Michaels, I. Pérez-Arriaga, D. J. Perreault, N. L. Rose, G. L. Wilson, N. Abudaldah, M. Chen, P. E. Donohoo, S. J. Gunter, P. J. Kwok, V. A. Sakhrani, J. Wang, A. Whitaker, X. L. Yap, R. Y. Zhang, and M. I. of Technology, “The Future of the Electric Grid: An Interdisciplinary MIT Study,” MIT, Cambridge, MA, 2011.
  • A. M. Farid, “Facilitating ease of system reconfiguration through measures of manufacturing modularity,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B (Journal of Engineering Manufacture), vol. 222, no. B10, pp. 1275–1288, Oct. 2008.
  • A. M. Farid and D. C. McFarlane, “Production degrees of freedom as manufacturing system reconfiguration potential measures,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B (Journal of Engineering Manufacture), vol. 222, no. B10, pp. 1301–1314, Oct. 2008.
  • A. M. Farid, “Product Degrees of Freedom as Manufacturing System Reconfiguration Potential Measures,” International Transactions on Systems Science and Applications, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 227–242, 2008.
  • W. Covanich, D. C. McFarlane, J. Brusey, and A. M. Farid, “Ready configuration of machines into an existing manufacturing system” International Journal of Agile Manufacturing, vol. 10, no. 528 CP, pp. 41–50, 2007.
  • A. M. Farid and D. C. McFarlane, “A Design Structure Matrix Based Method for Reconfigurability Measurement of Distributed Manufacturing Systems,” International Journal of Intelligent Control and Systems Special Issue, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 118–129, 2007.