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Brian Johnson

  • Affiliate Assistant Professor

Biography

Brian Johnson will be joining the UW EE in spring of 2018 as an assistant professor. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010 and 2013, respectively, and was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2010. He will join UW with five years of experience as a staff scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he has led a variety of projects centered on the development of next-generation controllers and energy conversion circuits for power systems. He currently serves as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.

Research

Power electronics, circuit design, power system dynamics, nonlinear controls and grid integration of renewable energy sources.

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Dr. Johnson currently works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Power Systems Engineering Center. His research at NREL focuses on bridging advances in contemporary controls with power electronics and power systems. These are research themes he intends to bring to the UW this spring.

“I envision a diverse research portfolio that entails strong theoretical and experimental components,” Dr. Johnson said. “Over the years, I have formed several collaborations with staff at NREL, the DOE [Department of Energy], as well as several companies and universities. As part of my plans moving forward, my aim is to continue building on these relationships and forge an innovative research group that addresses fundamental challenges in energy conversion and grid integration of renewable energy.”

Renewable energy and energy conversion are strong focuses of Dr. Johnson’s research. In 2015, he received a 3-year, $3.8 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop distributed inverter controllers, which enable reliable control of low-inertia power systems. This research supports the development of future of power systems driven by sustainable energy resources.

Dr. Johnson’s research portfolio also includes a recent grant from NREL’s R&D Program to advance next-generation renewable system architectures. In this project, he applies advances in wide-bandgap devices to produce medium voltage power electronics circuits that are scalable in both architecture and control.

As a researcher with unique and impactful contributions to the field of power and energy systems, Dr. Johnson will bring new dynamism to the department’s research. Dr. Johnson and UW EE’s shared vision for innovation brings exceptional promise to the future of power electronics.

“During my campus visits, I got the clear impression that UW's EE department is an intellectually dynamic place that truly places value on innovation and scholarly contributions,” Dr. Johnson said. “There is a great opportunity for me to make a unique contribution within the Power and Energy Systems area by introducing new courses and research on power electronics.”
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Dr. Johnson currently works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Power Systems Engineering Center. His research at NREL focuses on bridging advances in contemporary controls with power electronics and power systems. These are research themes he intends to bring to the UW this spring.

“I envision a diverse research portfolio that entails strong theoretical and experimental components,” Dr. Johnson said. “Over the years, I have formed several collaborations with staff at NREL, the DOE [Department of Energy], as well as several companies and universities. As part of my plans moving forward, my aim is to continue building on these relationships and forge an innovative research group that addresses fundamental challenges in energy conversion and grid integration of renewable energy.”

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Dr. Johnson’s research portfolio also includes a recent grant from NREL’s R&D Program to advance next-generation renewable system architectures. In this project, he applies advances in wide-bandgap devices to produce medium voltage power electronics circuits that are scalable in both architecture and control.

As a researcher with unique and impactful contributions to the field of power and energy systems, Dr. Johnson will bring new dynamism to the department’s research. Dr. Johnson and UW EE’s shared vision for innovation brings exceptional promise to the future of power electronics.

“During my campus visits, I got the clear impression that UW's EE department is an intellectually dynamic place that truly places value on innovation and scholarly contributions,” Dr. Johnson said. “There is a great opportunity for me to make a unique contribution within the Power and Energy Systems area by introducing new courses and research on power electronics.”
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Dr. Johnson currently works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Power Systems Engineering Center. His research at NREL focuses on bridging advances in contemporary controls with power electronics and power systems. These are research themes he intends to bring to the UW this spring.

“I envision a diverse research portfolio that entails strong theoretical and experimental components,” Dr. Johnson said. “Over the years, I have formed several collaborations with staff at NREL, the DOE [Department of Energy], as well as several companies and universities. As part of my plans moving forward, my aim is to continue building on these relationships and forge an innovative research group that addresses fundamental challenges in energy conversion and grid integration of renewable energy.”

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Dr. Johnson’s research portfolio also includes a recent grant from NREL’s R&D Program to advance next-generation renewable system architectures. In this project, he applies advances in wide-bandgap devices to produce medium voltage power electronics circuits that are scalable in both architecture and control.

As a researcher with unique and impactful contributions to the field of power and energy systems, Dr. Johnson will bring new dynamism to the department’s research. Dr. Johnson and UW EE’s shared vision for innovation brings exceptional promise to the future of power electronics.

“During my campus visits, I got the clear impression that UW's EE department is an intellectually dynamic place that truly places value on innovation and scholarly contributions,” Dr. Johnson said. “There is a great opportunity for me to make a unique contribution within the Power and Energy Systems area by introducing new courses and research on power electronics.”
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Representative Publications

  • B. Johnson, S. Dhople, A. Hamadeh, and P. Krein, "Synchronization of parallel single-phase inverters using virtual oscillator control," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 29, no. 11, pp. 6124-6138, Nov. 2014.
  • B. Kroposki, B. Johnson, Y. Zhang, V. Gevorgian, P. Denholm, B. Hodge, B. Hannegan, "Achieving 100% renewable grids: Operating electric power systems with extremely high levels of variable renewable energy," IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 61-73, March-April 2017.
  • B. Johnson, P. Krein, "An analytical time-domain expression for the net ripple produced by parallel interleaved converters," IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 289-293, March 2017.
  • B. Johnson, M. Sinha, N. Ainsworth, F. Dorfler, and S. Dhople, "Synthesizing virtual oscillators to control islanded inverters," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 31, no. 8, pp. 6002-6015, Aug. 2016.

Research Areas