Jack Flicker Ph.D.


Jack Flicker Ph.D.

Principal Member of Technical Staff

Contact Information

Jack Flicker / 505-284-6810


Jack is currently a Principle Member of the Technical Staff and joined Sandia as a postdoctoral appointee in 2006. His research focuses on all aspects of power electronics and power conversion systems ranging from incorporation of new materials and devices in power conversion systems to utilizing new topologies and controls to enable improvements in electrical power systems. Jack’s research touches on all areas of the power electronics value chain ranging from usage of new devices (wide- and ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors) to new topologies and controls to evaluation of power system operation. The nature of his work spans multiple TRL levels and incorporates everything from basic analysis to optimization and simulation to experiment and field-deployment.


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011
  • Bachelor Science, Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, 2006
  • Bachelor Science, Physics, Pennsylvania, 2006

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U.S. Patents

  • Robert Kaplar, Jack David Flicker, and Olga Lavrova, “Gallium Nitride Electromagnetic Pulse Arrestor,” Non-Provisional Patent App. SD14700.1.
  • J. C. Neely, J. Stewart, J. J. Delhotal, J. D. Flicker, and G. L. Brennecka, “Low-inductance direct current power bus,” ed: US Patent App. 10/084,310, 2018
  • Robert W. Brocato, Jason C. Neely, Lee Joshua Rashkin, Jarod James Delhotal, Jack David Flicker, Robert Kaplar, Joshua Stewart and James Richards, “Passive-High density interface device,” ed: US Patent App. 16/384,107

Key Publications

  • Oleksiy Slobodyan, Jack Flicker, Jeramy Dickerson, Andrew Binder, Trevor Smith, Robert Kaplar, and Mark Hollis.” Analysis of the Dependence of Critical Electric Field on Semiconductor Bandgap” (submitted Journal of Applied Physics).
  • Javier Hernandez-Alvidrez, Jack Flicker, Mariko Shirazi, Jeramy Vandermeer, Bill Thompson. Grid Forming Inverters for Spinning Reserve in Hybrid Diesel Microgrids (submitted Energies).
  • Lee Gill, Jason Neely, Lee Rashkin, Jack Flicker and Robert Kaplar. “Optimal Power Module Design for High Power Density Traction Drive System”. 2020 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Exposition (ITEC). Chicago, IL. June 2020. (Accepted)
  • Lee Gill, Lee Rashkin, Jason Neely, Jack Flicker, Rachid Darbali-Zamora . “Co-Optimization of Boost Converter Reliability and Volumetric Power Density Using Genetic Algorithm“. 2020 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE). Detroit, MI. October 2020. (Accepted)
  • Javier Hernandez-Alvidrez, Jack Flicker, Mariko Shirazi, Jeramy Vandermeer, Bill Thompson. “Grid Forming Inverters for Spinning Reserve in Hybrid Diesel Microgrids” 2020 Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM). Montreal, ON. August 2020 (Accepted).