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Professor Emeritus & George T. Abell Chair

Gearold Johnson

Discipline: Engineering and Computer Science
Colorado State University

Gerry Johnson is the Emeritus George T Abell Chair in Engineering and Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University where he was professor of mechanical engineering and computer science. Following his retirement from Colorado State University, he was academic vice-president of the National Technological University from 1994 – 2002. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Village Earth from 2003 – 2007 where he oversaw sustainable community development projects in Nigeria, Nicaragua, Peru, India, and Indonesia. Johnson is currently Senior Research Scientist at Colorado State University. At Colorado State University, Johnson was the recipient of many outstanding teaching awards including the college’s first award for Innovation in Teaching.  Johnson holds degrees from Purdue University:  a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, a M.S. in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He was a NATO Post-doctoral Fellow at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Rhode-Saint-Genese, Belgium and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England and at the California Institute of Technology. For ten years, he was a special advisor to the Director-General of UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) on engineering education.  Johnson has published extensively in such fields as water resources, solar energy, atmospheric sciences, rocket propulsion, optimal control theory, embedded control systems, computer graphics, programming language design, and curriculum development in engineering education. Johnson has voyaged on the Maymester and Summer terms of 2011 and the Spring term of 2013.