Dr. Johnson most recently served as Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. As Under Secretary, Dr. Johnson was responsible for unifying and managing a broad $10.5 billion Energy and Environment portfolio, including an additional $37 billion in energy and environment investments from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The portfolio included research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) projects involving the national laboratories, universities, state and local governments and private industry in renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration, nuclear power, energy efficiency, smart grid and nuclear waste.
Under Dr. Johnson's leadership, the Department, for the first time, developed an integrated Strategic Technologies Energy Plan (STEP) for reducing our dependence on imported oil by 75%, achieving greenhouse gas reductions of 83% by 2050, and achieving 80% low-carbon electricity by 2035, while creating jobs and laying the foundation for the clean energy economy. Dr. Johnson brought to the Department a renewed focus on small business and entrepreneurship development, educating America's future energy workforce, and enhancing the accessibility and quality of the RDD&D of energy projects funded by the Department.
Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Johnson served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, the largest research university in the U.S. From 1999-2007, Dr. Johnson was Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Johnson is an inventor and entrepreneur, holding over 45 U.S. patents (129 U.S. and international patents) and co-founder of several successful companies including, ColorLink, Inc. Dr. Johnson has received numerous recognitions for her contributions to the field of engineering, entrepreneurship and innovation, including the John Fritz Medal, considered the highest award made in the engineering profession. Other holders of this honor include Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Orville Wright.
Dr. Johnson received her B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Johnson also holds honorary degrees from Tufts University, Trinity College in Dublin, and the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
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