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John Donnal
Professor, Weapons, Robotics, & Control Engineering Department

John Donnal researches cyber physical systems- often referred to as the “Internet of Things”. He is particularly interested in designing non-intrusive sensors that respect user privacy and do not require complex installation or maintenance.  His patented non-contact electric power sensor won the Best Application in Instrumentation and Measurement from the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society in 2016. A single non-contact sensor array can track all the electric loads in a building or ship and installs in minutes. In addition to sensor design, he also develops decentralized data processing and visualization tools that allow users to securely access their data from anywhere in the world. This collection of tools, called Wattsworth, is used by research collaborators in both academia and the Department of Defense. More information is available at He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016. Prior to MIT, John was a Signal Corps Officer in the US Army. He deployed to Camp Liberty, Iraq where he served as Director of Network Plans and Projects from 2009-2010. John earned the B.S.E. in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2007.

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