Dr. Nathan Johnson is an Associate Professor in The Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. At ASU, Dr. Johnson directs the Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions that provides technical and business solutions that facilitate the global transition to a resilient low-carbon economy. Research to commercialization efforts emphasize grid modernization, microgrids, off-grid solutions, resilient infrastructure, and workforce development. He also leads a Microgrid Test Bed that combines simulation-based design and prototype development to rapidly translate energy innovations from concept to construction, leading to pilot and demonstration projects before commercialization.
Dr. Johnson is an active educator with training and workforce development programs inside and outside the university supporting career development for student Veterans, underserved populations, and existing workforce in the transitioning energy economy. In an advisory capacity, Dr. Johnson supports strategic development for technology vendors, electric utilities, non-profits, and governmental organizations. Before joining ASU, he spent ten years in product development and business development with projects across 15 countries.
This team is responsible for some of our industry’s
most incredible firsts, including:
● The first Net-Zero energy, waste, and water solution demonstrated to the United Nations Peacekeeping forces in Nepal
● The first DoD Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of a mobile, hybrid-powered border security system to Egypt
● Introduction of advanced microgrid modeling tools to the U.S. Army’s Operational Energy Advisors
● The first off-grid solar microgrid of its size, providing 24/7 power to a Haitian village in Les Anglais, Haiti
● The first tender to be contracted by the Kenya Rural Electrification Authority to provide power for community stabilization
● The first off-grid environmental monitoring system for use by a major American power utility in the California desert
● The first mobile renewable energy systems deployed by the Federal Aviation Authority, used for runway monitoring
● The first groundbreaking analysis of the logistical flyaway package for an elite U.S. Special Operations Forces unit. This demonstrated that fuel consumption and generation equipment can be reduced 60% with properly designed and configured renewable energy production, management and storage.