John Kappenman’s Summary

Space Weather, Geomagnetic Storms and their impacts on Electric Power Grids and other critical infrastructures.
Power Electronics for HVDC and FACTS applications and the development of the Electron Tube technology.

Mr. Kappenman provided presentations to the US Presidents’ Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection on the Potential Impact of Geomagnetic Storms on Electric Power System Reliability. He has also served on the Science Advisors Panel for the NOAA Space Environment Center.

Mr. Kappenman was one of the principle investigators under contract with the Congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP Commission). Mr. Kappenman has presented testimony before the US House Science Committee in October 2003 on the importance of geomagnetic storm forecasting for the electric power industry. He was a principal investigator examining the Vulnerability of the Electric Power Grid for Severe Geomagnetic Storms for FEMA under Executive Order 13407. He was also one of the Principal Contributors to the 2008 US National Academy of Sciences Report on “Severe Space Weather Events—Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts”.


Power Electronic Applications with Advanced Electron Tube Technology
Space Weather, Geomagnetic Storms

John Kappenman’s Experience


Storm Analysis Consultants

January 2009Present (3 years)

Analysis of Geomagnetic Storms, Space Weather and EMP and how they impact critical infrastructures, electric power grids, communication systems, etc.

Division Manager

Metatech Corp

19982008 (10 years)

Transmission Planning Dept Mgr

Minnesota Power

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Utilities industry

19771998 (21 years)

John Kappenman’s Education

South Dakota State University

BSEE, Electrical Engineering


Served as Adjunct Professor at University of Minnesota-Duluth Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering 1995-1998

Activities and Societies: Has been Awarded Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, 2008