Electrical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Electrical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Kathryn Johnson

Professor, Electrical Engineering

Kathryn JohnsonKathryn Johnson is a Professor at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in the Department of Electrical Engineering and is jointly appointed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado. She then completed a postdoctoral research assignment at NREL before joining CSM as the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in 2005. Dr. Johnson conducts research in two areas: wind energy control systems and engineering education. Some of her recent wind energy control projects include optimal wind farm control, control of ultra-scale 25-MW and 50-MW wind turbines, control co-design for novel floating offshore wind turbine structures. Her engineering education research centers on understanding and promoting macroethics and sociotechnical thinking within engineering education and was recognized in 2021 with a Fulbright Canada Research Chair in STEM Education award at the University of Calgary.


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  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Clarkson University, 2000
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, 2002
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado, 2004

Research Areas

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#4 Top 25 Brainiest Colleges, #1 in Colorado (Lumosity, 2019)

6 faculty fellows of the professional organization IEEE

teacher icon19:1 student-faculty ratio

student icon#2 in combining scholarly research and classroom instruction (Wall Street Journal, 2016)

piggy bank#1 for career return on investment (Georgetown University, 2019), #2 best college value (Money Magazine, 2018)