Jeremiah Johnson

Assistant Professor


PhD, Yale University (environmental engineering)

MS, Yale University (environmental engineering)

BS, Clarkson University (chemical engineering)



Jeremiah Johnson is an Assistant Professor at SNRE and the Center for Sustainable Systems.  Dr. Johnson conducts research on sustainable energy and materials systems, with a cross-cutting aim of improving life cycle assessment methods.  Current studies employ systems approaches to quantify the environmental impacts of major changes to the power grid, such as the integration of variable renewable generation and large scale energy storage.  In addition, Dr. Johnson created multi-scale anthropogenic metals cycles, offering the most comprehensive study of how humans use these resources from cradle to grave.  This work supported analyses on design for environment, metal criticality, and environmental impact.  Dr. Johnson employs several systems methods, including economic dispatch modeling, life cycle assessment, and material flow analysis.  Many research projects aim to inform environmental policy, including studies that evaluate policy design considerations for Renewable Portfolio Standards and State Implementation Plans for carbon dioxide limits to existing power plants. 

Dr. Johnson earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in 2001 and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Yale University in 2007.  His doctoral work was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors.   Upon completion of his graduate studies, he spent five years working in the energy industry, advising utility executives on renewable energy strategy and conducting energy market analysis.  In the Fall of 2012, he joined SNRE and the Center for Sustainable Systems as an Assistant Research Scientist.

  • 2016-2017: University of Michigan Office of Research and Rackham Graduate School: Distinguished Faculty & Grad Student Seminars Program, Co-PI (PI: J. Mathieu), Emerging Topics in Sustainable Electric Power Systems, $10,000.

  • 2016-2020: National Science Foundation: Environmental Sustainability, Co-PI (PI: M. Xu), UNS: U.S.-China: Integrated Systems Modeling of Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus for Urban Sustainability, [recommended for funding], $499,990.

  • 2016: National Science Foundation: Environmental Sustainability, PI (Co-PI: J. Mathieu), Environmental Impacts of Using Distributed Energy Storage for Power System Reserves, 2015-2018, $310,000.  

  • 2015-2018: University of Michigan, Transforming Learning for a Third Century Program, Co-PI (with 18 others), Transforming Sustainability Education and Case-Based Teaching, $1,595,749.

  • 2015: University of Michigan Energy Institute, Co-PI (with J. Mathieu), Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Providing Power System Reserves with Demand Response and Distributed Energy Storage – Grant Renewal, $40,000.

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Program Chair (2016) and Leadership Committee (2014-2016) for the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST).

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