mushfiqur sarkerMy name is Mushfiqur (Mushfiq) Sarker. I received the B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from Oregon State University (OSU) in 2012. I obtained the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Washington with the MOVES Lab in 2016, with a focus in power system economics and operations.

My expertise is in power system market economics and operations. I have extensive research experience in integration of demand-side resources into wholesale electricity markets. I am actively involved in startup companies focused on power system markets, demand side management, and energy storage. In addition to this, I’ve authored/co-authored 19 journal/conference papers (Google Scholar).

Current: I am currently the Research Scientist managing the Research & Development (R&D) efforts of Drift in Seattle, WA. My team and I are responsible for laying the groundwork of state-of-the-art grid technologies in the space of wholesale and retail electricity market participation, integration of renewable energy resources and demand-side resources, and also applying blockhain technologies in the energy sector. Drift was ranked by Fast Company as the #4 Most Innovative Energy Companies in the world.



Throughout the years, I have developed the following skillsets through research and development:

  • Power system economics
    • wholesale market participation in energy and reserves for various markets (CAISO, ERCOT, NYISO, among others)
  • Power System Operations
  • Cybersecurity of power system applications
  • Power system applications on the Cloud

Specifically, I have extensive knowledge in these applications:

Wholesale Electricity Markets

  • Optimizing wholesale energy/ancillary operating strategies for various grid assets
  • Develop algorithms/models to take advantage of market opportunities

Battery Energy Storage

  • Operating strategies for assets (e.g., battery storage, electric vehicles) in retail and wholesale markets in the U.S.
  • Business strategies for assets (e.g., battery storage, electric vehicles)
  • Demand Response applications


  • Development of Home Energy Management Systems (EMS) (i.e. automation to reduce electricity bills)
  • Operating strategies for EMS in retail and wholesale electricity markets
  • Business strategies for consumer participation in the power grid
  • Demand Response applications

Electric Vehicles

  • Development of frameworks to profitably exploit large-fleets of electric vehicles (EV)
  • EVs benefits/disbenefits in distribution and transmission grids
  • Business strategies to exploit EVs in a fair manner

Cloud Computing Cybersecurity for Power Grid Applications

  • Development of security and cloud outsourcing framework for power grid applications
  • Grid applications on the cloud (e.g., Amazon EC2)