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Biography - James Johnson, PhD

James H. Johnson Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. James H. Johnson Jr. is a professor emeritus of Civil Engineering and former Dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences at Howard University Dr. Johnson received his B.S. in civil engineering from Howard University, M.S. in sanitary engineering from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. from the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Delaware. Dr. Johnson’s research interests include treatment and reuse of wastewater sludges, treatment of hazardous substances, the use of nanotechnology tools in the environmental area, the evaluation of environmental policy issues and the development of environmental curricula.

Dr. Johnson is currently a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Division of Earth and Life Sciences Oversight Committee, the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board Committee on the Use of Science in Decision Making and chair of the Anne Arundel (MD) Community College Board of Trustees. In addition, he serves on several university, private sector and research center advisory committees. Previous board and committee activities include NRC Boards on Radioactive Waste Management and Environmental Studies and Toxicology, American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Engineering Deans Council Executive Committee, Civil Engineering Research Foundation Board, SECME, USEPA Science Advisory Commttee, USEPA Board of Scientific Counselors and several NRC, ASEE and ASCE committees (e.g., Remediation of Buried and Task Wastes, DOE Infrastructure Renewal, Assessing the Capacity of the US Engineering Research Enterprise). From 1989-2002, he was the associate director of the USEPA-sponsored Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Center for Hazardous Substance Research; from 1996-2002, he oversaw the activities of the Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence and Leadership in Education, a National Science Foundation-funded consortium.

Dr. Johnson has published over 60 scholarly articles, contributed to three books and co-edited two books. Memberships in professional organizations include American Water Works Association, fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, Water and Environment Federation and Tau Beta Pi. Dr. Johnson is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia and a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He is the recipient of the National Society of Black Engineers 2005 Lifetime Achievement in Academia Golden Torch Award and the 2008 Water Environment Federation Gordon Maskew Fair Distinguished Educator Award.

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