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Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering

Assoc. Prof. John S. Donnal


Associate Professor
Office: Hopper Hall 223
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Research Interests

Cyber-Physical Systems, Machine Learning

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 2016
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, August 2013
  • M.S. in Information Assurance, University of Maryland University College, 2009
  • B.S.E in Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, 2007

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, August 2016– Present 
  • Tactical Signal Battalion Network Operations Officer, 2010 - 2011
  • Director of Network Plans and Projects for Iraqi Theater of Operations,  2009 - 2010
  • Heavy Expeditionary Signal Platoon Leader, 2007-2009

Professional Memberships

  • IEEE Senior Member

Honors and Awards

  • IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society: Best Sensor Application, 2016
  • MIT Clean Energy Prize ($100K), 2016
  • Martin Family Society Fellow, 2013
  • US Army Meritorious Service Medal: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2009
  • Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society, 2006

Open Source Software


  • Non-Intrusive Monitoring. Leeb, S.; Paris, J.; Donnal, J.; Moon, J.; Schantz, C. Patent Application No.: US 20140320125 A1. Publication Date: October 30, 2014.

Significant Publications

  • B. Mills, D. Green, J. Donnal, and S. Leeb, "Power Monitoring Beyond Radial Distribution Networks," IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, vol. 71, pp. 1-9, 2022.
  • P. Wang, J. Zatarski, A. Banerjee, and J. Donnal, "Condition Monitoring of SiC MOSFETs Based on Gate-Leakage Current Estimation," IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, vol. 71, pp. 1-10, 2022.
  • J. Donnal, “NILM-Synth: Synthetic Dataset Generation for Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring Algorithms,” in Proc. of the IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT NA), New Orleans, LA, April 20-24, 2022.
  • J. Donnal, "Wattsworth: An Open-Source Platform for Decentralized Sensor Networks," IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 189-196, Jan. 2020.
  • L. Davis, J. Donnal, and M. Kutzer, "Tracking Additive Manufacturing Using Machine Vision," in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties (NAP), 2020, pp. 02SAMA22-1-02SAMA22-5.
  • J. Donnal, R. McDowell, and M. Kutzer, "Decentralized IoT with Wattsworth," in Proc. of the IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT), New Orleans, LA, USA, 2020, pp. 1-6.
  • M. Kutzer, and G. Sinsley, R. McDowell, and J. Donnal, “Toward Detecting Cyber-Physical Attacks in Additive Manufacturing Using Multi-View Visual Odometry” in MSEC, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH Sep 3, 2020.
  • J. Donnal, "Joule: A Real Time Framework for Decentralized Sensor Networks," IEEE Internet of Things Journal. vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 3615-3623, Oct. 2018.
  • D. Lawrence, J. Donnal, and S. Leeb, "Current and Voltage Reconstruction From Non-Contact Field Measurements,"  IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 16, no. 15, pp. 6095-6103, Aug. 1, 2016.
  • J. Donnal and S. Leeb, "Noncontact Power Meter," Sensors Journal, IEEE , vol.15, no.2, pp.1161-1169, Feb. 2015.


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