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James Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Johnson is a professor of Civil Engineering and dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences at Howard University. Prior to this appointment, he was the chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and interim associate vice president for Research for Howard University. Dr. Johnson received his B.S. from Howard University, M.S. from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of environmental engineering. Dr. Johnson’s research interests include the treatment and disposal of hazardous substances, the evaluation of environmental policy issues in relation to minorities, the development of environmental curricula and strategies to increase the pool of underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

He is the chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors Executive Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a member of EPA’s Science Advisory Board and the co-principal investigator of the Department of Energy-sponsored HBCU/MI Environmental Technology Consortium. Currently, he is a consultant to the Office of the President, University of California, as a member of the Environmental, Health and Safety Panel monitoring activities at the three DOE National Laboratories operated by the University of California. 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 is a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, SECME, and the Engineering Deans Council of the American Society for Engineering Education.

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