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Jonathan Kimball

Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair Professor & Interim Director of the Center for Research in Energy and the Environment

Electrical Engineering

Jonathan W. Kimball is the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, he received the B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1994, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Illinois in 2007.

From 1996 to 1998, he worked for Motorola, Phoenix, AZ, designing IGBT modules for industrial applications. He then joined Baldor Electric, Fort Smith, AR, where he designed industrial adjustable speed drives ranging 1–150 hp. In 2003, he returned to Illinois as a Research Engineer (later a Senior Research Engineer). Later in 2003, he co-founded SmartSpark Energy Systems, Inc., in Champaign, IL, and served as Vice President of Engineering. He joined the faculty of Missouri S&T in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014 and to Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2018. From 2016 to 2018, he was also a Dean’s Scholar of the College of Engineering and Computing. Since 2019, he has served as interim director of the Center for Research in Energy and the Environment (CREE). His research interests include microgrids, switched-capacitor converters, and cyber-physical systems.

Dr. Kimball is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois (license 062-057980). He was the general chair of the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference in 2017 and continues to serve on its steering committee.


Dr. Kimball currently serves as the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (


Journal Papers

  • Md. Rasheduzzaman†, J. A. Mueller†, J. W. Kimball, “Reduced order small-signal model of microgrid systems,” IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 1292–1305, Oct. 2015.
  • M. M. Baggu†, B. H. Chowdhury, J. W. Kimball, “Comparison of Advanced Control Techniques for Grid Side Converter of Doubly-Fed Induction Generator Back-to-Back Converters to Improve Power Quality Performance during Unbalanced Voltage Dips,” IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, vol. 3, pp. 516-524, June 2015.
  • T. Paul†, J. W. Kimball, M. Zawodniok, T. P. Roth, B. McMillin, S. Chellappan, “Unified invariants for cyber-physical switched system stability,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 5, pp. 112-120, Jan. 2014.
  • L. Müller†, J. W. Kimball, “A dynamic model of switched-capacitor power converters,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 29, pp. 1862-1869, April 2014.
  • H. Qin†, J. W. Kimball, “Closed-loop control of dc-dc dual active bridge converters driving single-phase inverters,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 29, pp. 1006-1017, Feb. 2014.

Conference Papers

  • L. Müller†, M. Mohammed†, and J. W. Kimball, “Using the Arduino Uno to teach digital control of power electronics,” in Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL), 2015.
  • S. Alalwani†, J. W. Kimball, “Optimal sizing of a wind/solar/battery hybrid microgrid system using the ForeverPower method,” in Proceedings of the IEEE Green Technologies Conference, 2015, pp. 29-35.
  • T. Paul†, H. Ravindra, M. Steurer, J. W. Kimball, “Voltage stability preserving invariants for smart grids,” in Proc. Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI), 2015, pp. 1-6.
  • A. Alzahrani†, J. W. Kimball, C. Dagli, “Predicting solar irradiance using time series neural networks,” presented at Complex Adaptive Systems, 2014. Published in Procedia Computer Science, vol. 36, pp. 623-628, Nov. 2014.
  • L. Müller†, J. W. Kimball, “Effects of stray inductance on hard-switched switched capacitor converters,” in Proc. Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI), 2014.

Selected Awards

  • Missouri Academic Advising Association (MACADA) Outstanding Academic Advisor, Faculty Role, September 2014.
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Missouri University of Science and Technology. Selected in November 2014 and February 2015.


Research Interests:

Energy harvesting; Switched-Capacitor converters; Microgrids; Digital and nonlinear control methods for power converters


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  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2007 Dissertation: Digital Control Techniques for Switching Power Converters University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
  • MS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,Electrical Engineering, 1996 Thesis: Applications of nonlinear control techniques in low voltage dc-dc converters, 1996
  • BS Carnegie Mellon University, 1991-94, Electrical and Computer Engineering, with University Honors, 1994