Jay Johnson


Jay Johnson

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff

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Jay Johnson / 505-284-9586


Jay Johnson is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. Jay leads several multidisciplinary renewable energy research projects focused on power system interoperability, control, optimization, and cybersecurity. Currently, he is working on developing cybersecurity solutions for photovoltaic systems, wind energy sites, and electric vehicle chargers. Earlier, Jay led the coordination of distributed energy resource (DER) interoperability testing in the United States, Europe, and Asia through the Smart Grid International Research Facility Network (SIRFN). Jay spearheaded a $5M DER management project to provide voltage regulation and distribution protection through state estimation, optimization, and DER communications, ran a laboratory-directed research and development (LDRD) project on Virtual Power Plants to provide ancillary services, led the US-Japan collaborative research project on utility-scale PV-smoothing controls, and investigated demand response technologies as the Sustainability Fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Jay won the 2016 Albuquerque Section’s IEEE Outstanding Young Engineer Award, the 2015 SunSpec Alliance McCulloch-Pitts Award, and the 2014 Sandia National Laboratories Up-and-Coming Innovator Award.


  • Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
  • Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2006

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U.S. Patents

  • J. Johnson, M. A. Smith, D. A. Schoenwald, M. E. El-Khatib, “Systems, Methods and Computer Program Products for Electric Grid Control,” US Patent 10,298,016 B1, 21 May 2019.
  • E.J. Schindelholz, K.M. Armijo, J. Johnson, R.K. Harrison, B.B. Yang, “Arc Plasma-Generating Systems and Methods Thereof,” US Patent 10,261,120 B1, 16 April 2019.
  • J. Johnson, “Identifying an Arc-Fault Type in Photovoltaic Arrays,” US Patent 9,995,796 B1, 12 Jun 2018.
  • J. Johnson, D. Riley, “Prognostics and Health Management of Photovoltaic Systems,” US Patent 9,939,485 B1, 10 April 2018.
  • J. Johnson, “Detection of Arcing Location on Photovoltaic Systems Using Filters,” US Patent 9,897,642 B1, 20 Feb 2018.
  • J. Cotrell, R. Thresher, S. Hughes, S. Lambert, J. Johnson, “Wind Turbine Blade Testing System Using Base Excitation,” US Patent 8,677,827 B2, 25 Mar 2014.
  • J. Johnson, D. Greene, H. Hindi, “Technique for Aggregating Loads with Time-Varying Operating Cycles,” US Patent 8,352,094 B2, 8 Jan 2013.

Key Publications


  • J. Johnson, I. Onunkwo, P. Cordeiro, B. Wright, N. Jacobs, C. Lai, “Assessing DER Network Cybersecurity Defences in a Power-Communication Co-Simulation Environment,” IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications, https://doi.org/10.1049/iet-cps.2019.0084
  • J. Obert, A. Chavez, J. Johnson, “Distributed Renewable Energy Resource Trust Metrics and Secure Routing,” Computers & Security, vol. 88, pp. 101620, Jan. 2020.
  • R. Darbali-Zamora, J. Johnson, N. S. Gurule, M. J. Reno, N. A. Ninad and E. Apablaza-Arancibia, “Evaluation of Photovoltaic Inverters Under Balanced and Unbalanced Voltage Phase Angle Jump Conditions,” 47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), Virtual Meeting, June 15-Aug. 21, 2020.
  • N. Ninad, E. Apablaza-Arancibia, M. Bui, J. Johnson, S. Gonzalez, C. Cho, W. Son, J. Hashimoto, K. Otani, R. Bründlinger, R. Ablinger, C. Messner, C. Seitl, Z. Miletic, T. Moore, R. Heidari, I.V. Temez, J. Montoya, F. Baumgartner, C. Fabian, S. Kumar, J. Kumar, B. Fox,, R. Brandl, R. Conklin, “Grid Support Functions Assessment of PV Inverters using Open-Source IEEE P1547.1 Test Package”, 47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), Virtual Meeting, June 15-Aug. 21, 2020.
  • J. Johnson, et al., “Optimal Distribution System Voltage Regulation using State Estimation and DER Grid-Support Functions,” Sandia Technical Report, SAND2020-2331, Feb 2020