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John Gardner Profile

John Gardner

About Me

Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering

Phone Number: (208) 426-5702
Office: 905 Yanke Family Research Park

Link to personal webpage(s)

CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute

Research Areas

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Smart Grid
  • Automation and Control
  • Systems Modeling

My main area of expertise is dynamic modeling and computer simulation of lumped parameter systems. My current research is focused on decentralized control of thermostatically controlled loads (e.g. residential air conditioning) in the context of smart grid and Internet of Things. The impact of this research is to re-imagine the electric grid and enable consumers to be more pro-active and re-active in stabilizing a grid that is approaching 100% renewable generation.


While there’s plenty of room for technical innovations to enable a smarter and more renewable grid, it is increasingly important to develop research projects that include the human element. Consumer motivation, behavioral choices, economics and market design are all critical factors in ensuring the future energy infrastructure is more resilient and more sustainable.


  • Jason Kuwada, Master’s student
  • Tyler Philips, PhD student
  • Emilie Murphy, Master’s student


  • ME 426/526 Renewable Energy Systems
  • ME/ECE 360 Systems Modeling
  • ME 465 Robust Industrial Control

Community Partners

  • University of Idaho’s Integrated Design Lab
  • Idaho Conservation League
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