John Kisacikoglu

John Kisacikoglu

Team Lead, EV Grid Integration

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Mithat John Kisacikoglu leads the Electric Vehicle Grid Integration team in NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences. His research areas include power converter development for electric vehicle (EV) charging, microgrid and smart grid integration of EVs, machine-learning-supported distributed control of power electronics, and mass-scale control and integration of distributed energy systems. He has more than 15 years of multi-disciplinary professional knowledge in power electronics, transportation electrification, and smart and microgrids.

Research Interests

Power converter design for EV chargers

Distributed energy resources

Machine-learning-supported distributed control of power electronics

High power EV charging

Power electronics for unmanned aircraft systems


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of South Alabama

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University

Professional Experience

Team Lead, Electric Vehicle Grid Integration, Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences, NREL (2022–present)

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alabama (2016–2021)

Research Engineer, Electric Vehicle Grid Integration, Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center, NREL (2015–2016)

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey (2014–2015)

Research Assistant, Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks, University of Tennessee (2007–2013)

Researcher, Power and Energy Systems, Power Electronics and Electric Machinery, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2008–2013) 

Research Assistant, University of South Alabama (2005–2007)

Associations and Memberships

Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 2014–2021

Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 2018–2021

Technical Committee Paper Review Chair, Transportation Systems Committee, IEEE Industry Applications Society, 2022–present

Vice Chair for Conferences, Transportation Systems Committee, IEEE Industry Applications Society, 2019–2021

Secretary, Transportation Systems Committee, IEEE Industry Applications Society, 2017–2019

Featured Work

Optimization of Multi-Port DC Fast Charging Stations Operating with Power Cap Policy, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (2021)

Decentralized Additive Increase Multiplicative Decrease Based Electric Vehicle Charging, IEEE Systems Journal (2021)

Analysis, Design, and Comparison of V2V Chargers for Flexible Grid Integration, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (2021)

An Internet-Inspired Proportional Fair EV Charging Control Method, IEEE Systems Journal (2019)

Modeling and Analysis of a Fast Charging Station and Evaluation of Service Quality for Electric Vehicle, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (2019)

Spatio-Temporal Non-Intrusive Direct V2V Charge Sharing Coordination, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2019)

Distributed Control of PEV Charging Based on Energy Demand Forecast, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2018)

Big Data Analytics for Electric Vehicle Integration in Green Smart Cities, IEEE Communications Magazine (2017)

Single-Phase On-Board Bidirectional PEV Charger for V2G Reactive Power Operation, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2015)

Vehicle-to-Grid Reactive Power Operation Using Plug-In Electric Vehicle Bidirectional Off-Board Charger, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (2014)


Power Electronics Charge Coupler for Vehicle-to Vehicle Fast Energy Sharing, U.S. Patent No. 62/592,673 (2017)

Awards and Honors

IEEE Senior Member (2021)

IEEE PES General Meeting Prize Paper Award (2019)

Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy Best Paper Award (2018)

Outstanding Dedication Award as Associate Editor by Transportation Systems Committee, IEEE Industry Applications Society (2017)