Kristina Johnson

Kristina Johnson

Dean, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Inducted in 2003

Kristina M. Johnson was appointed provost and senior vice president of academic affairs of The Johns Hopkins University on Sept. 1, 2007. 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.

Johnson had previously served since 1999 as dean of Duke University's 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 percent and strong graduate programs doubled in size.

Johnson 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.

Johnson graduated from Stanford University in 1981 with both a bachelor's and a master's degree in electrical engineering. She earned her Ph.D. at Stanford in 1984.

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.

Profile at the time of induction in 2003