Dean Johnson Reappointed to Second Term

The Duke University Board of Trustees May 10 reappointed Kristina M. Johnson dean of the Pratt School of Engineering to a second five-year term to run through 2008-2009.

Johnson was named dean of the Pratt School in 1999 and led the development of the school’s strategic plan as part of "Building on Excellence." Each university officer and dean undergoes a review after the first four years of their term and Provost Peter Lange said he and President Nannerl O. Keohane recommended the reappointment.

“I cannot tell you how pleased I am with this outcome and with the excellent review conducted by the committee that examined Dean Johnson's first four years as dean,” Lange said in a memo to Pratt faculty, staff, student and members of the school’s Board of Visitors.

Under Johnson’s leadership, the engineering school is being greatly expanded, with the construction of the Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences. Since coming to Duke, Johnson has been named as a Fellow of IEEE, a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries. She won the North Carolina Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) Annual Award in 2001.

From 1993 until 1997, Johnson directed the Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center at Colorado and Colorado State Universities, and was the first recipient of the Dennis Gabor Prize for creativity and innovation in modern optics. She has published more than 140 refereed papers and proceedings, and is an author on 42 patents. She also has helped start six companies from research groups and sits on several corporate boards.

Johnson is the first woman to lead Duke's 64-year-old engineering school.