Nathan Johnson, Ph.D.
Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Program
The Polytechnic School
Expertise: Complex energy system dynamics, micro-grid modeling and optimization, hybrid thermal-power systems, designing for sustainability, multidisciplinary design, global development
Nathan Johnson is an assistant professor in the Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Program at the Polytechnic School, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He is an active researcher and teacher of sustainability, multidisciplinary design and energy systems modeling and optimization.
Johnson confronts global energy challenges by evaluating energy options against inherent technical, human and environmental factors. His work combines experimental design with model-based systems engineering to develop decision-making tools that support the design of sustainable products and services around the world. These tools are primarily applied in the design of micro-grid power systems and the construction of energy systems.
As an educator Johnson is equipping students with the tools and ideas needed to solve the energy needs of the future. He sees systems analysis and multidisciplinary design as fundamental in addressing these pressing global energy problems in generations to come.
Johnson has been named a Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University in recognition of his globally-focused sustainability efforts.
Ph.D. mechanical engineering, Iowa State University, 2012
M.S. international development, Iowa State University, 2008
M.S. mechanical engineering, Iowa State University, 2005
B.S. mechanical engineering, Iowa State University, 2004 (honors with distinction)
Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2012 and 2013. Awarded by the NSF/ASEE Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship Program.
Teaching Excellence Award. 2011. Awarded by the Graduate College, Iowa State University.
Fellow, Preparing Future Faculty. 2010. Awarded by the Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching, Iowa State University.