Women in Technology Hall of Fame

Kristina Johnson

Kristina Johnson

Dean, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Inducted in 2003

Kristina Johnson is an American business executive, engineer, academic, former government official, and chancellor of the State University of New York. She has been a leader in the development of optoelectronic processing systems, 3D imaging, and color-management systems. Kristina Johnson was appointed provost and senior vice president of academic affairs for the Johns Hopkins University on September 1, 2007.

As an electrical engineer with 40 patents and co-founder of several start-up companies, she is the university’s 12th provost and the first woman to hold the university’s second-ranking position.

Kristina served since 1999 as dean of Duke University at the Pratt School of Engineering.

Under her leadership, the Pratt School experienced significant growth in both size and quality. Of 50 new faculty members recruited during her tenure, 14 won early career Young Investigator awards. The undergraduate student body grew 20%, and strong graduate programs doubled in size.

Kristina oversaw planning, funding, and construction of the 322,000-square-foot Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Sciences. The school’s research expenditures tripled to $60 million, and the endowment grew from $20 million to $200 million.

She was on the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder from 1985 to 1999, earning a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award and winning promotion to professor. From 1993 to 1997, she directed an NSF Engineering Research Center for Optoelectronic Computing Systems run jointly by Colorado and Colorado State.

Kristina graduated from Stanford University in 1981 with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She earned her PhD at Stanford in 1984.

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