C. Birk Jones Ph.D.


C. Birk Jones Ph.D.

Senior Member of Technical Staff

Contact Information

C. Birk Jones / 505-844-9261


C. Birk Jones was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM where he enjoyed spending time in the mountains, on riverbanks, and on baseball fields. He studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis and went on to work for two engineering firm in Boston, MA and Carson City, NV. As an engineer in training he helped inspect bridges, analyze trusses, and design water catchment systems for parking lots and roads. He later enrolled in a construction engineering master’s program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and then the mechanical engineering doctoral program at UNM. Birk is a member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories where he researches photovoltaic (PV) system reliability, building system control and cybersecurity, PV controls and security, grid integration of PV and electric vehicles, and fault detection of feeder level faults. Away from work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys. In the evenings or weekends he and his family take walks to the nearby Rio Grande or travel to the mountains to hike, camp, and fish.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico – 2015
  • Masters of Science, Civil & Construction Engineering, University of New Mexico – 2009
  • Bachelors of Science, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis – 2004


C. Birk Jones

Key Publications

  • M. Theristis, A. Livera, C. B. Jones, G. Makrides, G. E. Georghiou and J. S. Stein, “Nonlinear Photovoltaic Degradation Rates: Modeling and Comparison Against Conventional Methods,” in IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, doi: 10.1109/JPHOTOV.2020.2992432.
  • C. B. Jones, A. R. Chavez, R. Darbali-Zamora and S. Hossain-McKenzie, “Implementation of Intrusion Detection Methods for Distributed Photovoltaic Inverters at the Grid-Edge,” 2020 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), Washington, DC, USA, 2020, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1109/ISGT45199.2020.9087756.
  • C. B Jones, W. Hobbs, C. Libby, T. Gunda, B. Hamzavy, “Predicting Photovoltaic Module Series Resistance based on Indoor-Aging Tests and Thermal Cycling Cumulative Exposure Estimates”, In Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC), 2019 IEEE 46rd, 2019.
  • C. B Jones, C. Hansen, “Single Diode Parameter Extraction from In-Field Photovoltaic I-V Curves on a Single Board Computer”, In Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC), 2019 IEEE 46rd, 2019.