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Brian Johnson

  • Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor of Clean Energy and Electrical & Computer Engineering


Brian Johnson joined UW’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department in 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 has five years of prior experience as a staff scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he 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.


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

Representative Publications

  • M. Sinha, J. Poon, B. Johnson, M. Rodriguez, and S. Dhople, "Decentralized interleaving of parallel-connected buck converters," in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 2018. [ Link ]
  • P. Achanta, B. Johnson, and D. Maksimovic, "A multilevel DC to three-phase AC architecture for photovoltaic power plants," in IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, 2018. [ Link ]
  • 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. [ Link ]
  • 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. [ Link ]
  • 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. [ Link ]
  • 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. [ Link ]
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