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Jason D. Harper

Principal Electrical Engineer


Jason Harper is an electrical engineer. His research is focused on the development and validation of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging and smart grid communication codes and standards. The goal of Harper’s research and development efforts is to provide practical applications that enhance the market acceptance and interoperability of PEVs and the infrastructure needed to charge them. He is involved in Argonne’s Smart Grid-Electric Vehicle Interoperability Center, which develops groundbreaking technologies for grid connectivity, bridging the needs of electric vehicle manufacturers and utility companies. 

Prior to joining Argonne in 2011, Harper worked in the avionics, medical device and chemical instrumentation industries. He holds two U.S. patents on novel chemical instrumentation and has published numerous peer-reviewed technical papers. Harper is an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and provides key contributions to the SAE Hybrid Task Force Committee.


  • M.S., Electrical Computer Engineering Technology, Purdue University, 2009
  • B.S. with Distinction, Electrical Computer Engineering Technology, Purdue University, 2006

Awards, Honors, Memberships

  • Early Career Alumni Award, Purdue University College of Technology, 2013
  • Under Secretary’s Award for Laboratory Excellence, Transportation Security Laboratory, Department of Homeland Security, 2009
  • Outstanding Senior Design Award: Indiana Michigan Power, Purdue University College of Technology, 2006

Publications and Patents

  • Harper, J., Development and Implementation of SAE DC Charging Digital Communication for Plug-in Electric Vehicle DC Charging,” SAE Technical Paper 2013-01-1188, doi:10.4271/2013-01-1188, 2013.
  • Z. Ouyang, J. D. Harper, N.A. Charipar, and R. G. Cooks, Low Temperature Plasma Probe and Methods and Use Thereof,” February 24, 2011, United States Patent US 2011/0042560.
  • Z. Ouyang, R. G. Cooks, S. V. Garimella, J. D. Harper, and N.A. Charipar, Systems and Methods For Transfer of Ions For Analysis,” April 2, 2013, United States Patent US 8,410,431.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers