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.



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:

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)

Current Projects

  1. AdvisorDrift, Inc.
    • Description: Drift enables freedom with your electricity. For the first time, retail consumers can choose their Power Mix of where their electricity comes from. You may choose exactly how much renewable energy as opposed to conventional energy you would like to be supplied with. Drift is a energy retail aggregator in the New York region and participates in the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) market as a wholesaler. They are developing a state-of-the-art operating strategy for wholesale market participation for small and mid-size consumers.
    • CEO: Greg Robinson
  2. Co-Founder – Battery Informatics Inc.
    • Description: Battery Informatics (Bii) is a spin-off company from the University of Washington that is commercialization battery energy storage technology. We develop state-of-the-art battery management systems that provide 20% more value out of a battery. This value can be customized to include more cycle-life, less footprint, or more revenue potential, e.g. from power grid services. We are currently funded by Department of Energy ARPA-E Program.
    • CEO: Bjorn Frogner
    • Engineers: Matthew Murbach and Manan Pathak
    • Board of Advisors: Prof. Daniel S. KirschenProf. Venkat Subramanian, and Prof. Daniel Schwartz

Previously Completed Projects

  1. Architectural and Algorithmic Solutions for Large-Scale PEV Integration into Power Grids University of Washington – Seattle, WA, USA
    • Advisors: Prof. Miguel A Ortega-Vazquez and Prof. Daniel S. Kirschen
    • Description: Plug-in Electric Vehicle’s (PEV) are growing in population in developed countries. This will cause major stress on the existing power system infrastructure. Research has shown that with proper management of PEV demand the power grid can handle up to 60% PEV penetration. I am researching solutions to allow proper management of PEVs in the electrical power grid. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
    • Publications (total): 8