Brian Johnson

Principal Investigator

Brian Johnson is an Assistant Professor and a Fellow of the Jack Kilby/Texas Instruments Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Previously, he was the Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to joining the University of Washington in 2018, he was an engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His research interests are in renewable energy systems, power electronics, and control systems.

His work was recognized with a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2022. He is currently co-leading the multi-institutional Universal Interoperability for Grid-Forming Inverters (UNIFI) Consortium which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). UNIFI brings together leading researchers, industry stakeholders, utilities, and system operators to advance grid-forming inverter technologies. UNIFI will focus on developing the technologies and best practices for the seamless integration of renewable-based power electronics into electric grids.

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