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Michael Khusid, SDM 08

Conference Emcee, October 22, 2009

Michael Khusid

Michael Khusid is a graduate student in MIT's System Design and Management program. He is conducting research on the potential of vehicle electrification at MIT Sloan Automotive Laboratory under the guidance of Prof. John B. Heywood. His thesis is focused on evaluation of the impact of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and electric vehicles on the electric grid. As our country takes a path toward vehicle electrification, it is important to quantify the performance and costs of the PHEV technology, and the costs and challenges of the associated infrastructure system. Michael developed scenarios up to 2050 in order to assess these values and to project reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, as well as in petroleum and energy use.

Michael serves as a graduate advisor to the MIT Electric Vehicle team. In this capacity, he shares his industry experience with the undergraduate team members and helps them identify and address significant system design challenges. As students hone their technical skills working on a hands-on engineering project, Michael guides them by focusing on essential engineering leadership skills such as risk management, project management and teamwork. Michael fosters outreach and education efforts of the team.

Prior to SDM, Michael gained ten years of experience in the high tech industry. Early in his career, he worked as a signal integrity engineer on component design for network and server equipment at Teradyne. At Sitara Networks, Michael was responsible for system integration and test of software and hardware modules for a Quality of Service network device. He provided support for computer-aided engineering design as an applications engineer at Ansoft. At IBRIX, he led a technical support team on the initial deployment of the flagship data management product. He also consulted customers in a variety of industries on system design and architecture for cloud computing applications.

Michael holds a Bachelor's degree from MIT in Physics. He holds two patents in design of components for high speed network devices.

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