Biography

John W. Simpson-Porco 

Bio Sketch

John W. Simpson-Porco is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on feedback control theory and applications of control in modernized power grids. John received his B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics from Queen's University in 2010, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015. He was previously a visiting scientist with the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. He is a recipient of the Automatica Paper Prize and the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation Outstanding Scholar Fellowship. He is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

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Appointments

UoT 

University of Toronto
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
07/2020–, Assistant Professor

UW 

University of Waterloo
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
04/2016–06/2020, Assistant Professor

ETH 

ETH Zurich
Automatic Control Laboratory
10/2015–12/2015, Visiting Scientist

Education

UCSB 

University of California, Santa Barbara
Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. 2015

Queen's 

Queen's University
Engineering Physics
B.Sc. 2010

About Me

I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and went to high school at Etobicoke C.I. I went to Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where I received a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics with the Mechanical Engineering Option. During my undergrad I spent time in the Ultracold Atoms Lab at the University of Toronto, in Marc Dignam's nonlinear and quantum optics group at Queen's University, and in industry at Aercoustics Engineering Ltd. I then moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara to pursue a Ph.D. degree at the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation in September 2010. My research advisor was Francesco Bullo.