Nathan Johnson



Assistant Professor

The Polytechnic School
Engineering Program

Peralta Hall Room 330J (Map)
7171 E Sonoran Arroyo Mall
Mesa, AZ 85212


Dr. Nathan Johnson is an Assistant Professor in The Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He is an active researcher and teacher of sustainable and resilient energy systems. Through his work, Dr. Johnson designs, optimizes, builds, and tests energy innovations to address challenges around the world. This work includes fundamental scientific research and applied engineering projects to help bridge the gap between academic research and commercialization.

Dr. Johnson is also the Director of the Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions (LEAPS). His research team of 20 people incorporates skill sets from six disciplinary backgrounds. His team actively collaborates with universities, national laboratories, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

Arizona State University recognizes Dr. Johnson as a Senior Sustainability Scientist in recognition for his globally-focused sustainability efforts. He has spent over two years of field research in developing countries seeking to address energy needs for emerging market economies and the rural poor. He is active within the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Academic Affiliations at ASU

Graduate Faculty, School of Engineering of Matter, Transport & Energy, The Ira. A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Graduate Faculty, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, The Ira. A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Graduate Faculty, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, The Ira. A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Affiliate Faculty, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2012
MS, International Development, Iowa State University, 2008
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2005
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2004

Research Interests

Complex energy system dynamics; Micro-grid modeling and optimization; Hybrid renewable power systems; Adaptive energy management; Combined heat and power systems; Designing for sustainability; Multidisciplinary design; Engineering for global development