Jonathan Kimball


Electrical Engineering

Jonathan W. Kimball received the B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, in 1994, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, USA, in 1996 and 2007, respectively. He was with Motorola, Phoenix, AZ, USA, from 1996 to 1998, where he was involved in designing insulated gate bipolar transistor modules for industrial applications. He then joined Baldor Electric, Fort Smith, AR, USA, where he designed industrial adjustable-speed drives ranging 1 hp to 150 hp. In 2003, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Research Engineer, where he then became a Senior Research Engineer. In 2003, he cofounded SmartSpark Energy Systems, Inc., Champaign, where he was the Vice President of Engineering. In 2008, he joined Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA, where he is currently an Associate Professor. Dr. Kimball is a Member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois. He has served on the IEEE Power Electronics Society Administrative Committee, as a Member-at-Large and as Education Chair, and is the program chair for the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference in 2016. His research interests include power conversion for renewable energy, microgrids, cyber-physical systems, and switched-capacitor converters.

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