Dr Johnathan Davidson

PhD, MEng

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group

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I studied both my MEng and PhD in the department, graduating in 2010 and 2015 respectively.

Following my PhD, I worked briefly as a postdoctoral research associate before being appointed lecturer in September 2015 as part of new team of academics to develop a degree in interdisciplinary engineering called MEng Engineering.

My research interests cover a range of interdisciplinary themes centred on power electronic systems.

Following my first degree, I worked on thermal management of power electronics where I developed a new technique for the rapid characterisation of thermal systems. Subsequently, my interest expanded into resonant power conversion (particularly using piezoelectric transformers) and sensor/measurement technologies.

I work with colleagues from across the faculty to develop innovative technologies and methodologies, which I feed back into my teaching through cutting-edge final year projects.

Although my background is in electronic engineering, my interdisciplinary research interests have made me a firm believer in the benefits of interdisciplinary engineering study.

To me, learning is an exciting journey into the unknown and I take great pleasure in guiding students through their own learning path.

I currently teach the fundamental electrical engineering section of the MEng Engineering degree, as well as supervising a range of third- and fourth-year projects.

  • PhD (Electronic and Electrical Engineering), University of Sheffield, 2015
  • MEng (Electronic Engineering), University of Sheffield 2010
Research interests
  • Power electronics
  • Piezoelectric transformer-based power supplies
  • Thermal modelling and temperature estimation
  • Pseudorandom binary sequences for system identification
  • Electrochemical battery modelling
Professional activities
  • Lecturer on the MEng Engineering programme
  • Examinations officer, Engineering Interdisciplinary Programmes
  • Overseas admissions tutor, MEng Engineering