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James Johnson, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Engineer
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches, Golfing
Favorite Quote:
To him or her that is given much, much is expected.

Birthplace

Born:
5/27/1947
Birth Location:
Annapolis, Maryland

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Engineer
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches, Golfing
Favorite Quote:
To him or her that is given much, much is expected.

Birthplace

Born:
5/27/1947
Birth Location:
Annapolis
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Biography

Civil engineer and education administrator James H. Johnson, Jr. was born on May 27, 1947 to parents, James and Arline in Annapolis, Maryland. He earned his B.S. degree in civil engineering from Howard University. He then attended the University of Illinois, where he received his M.S. degree in sanitary engineering in 1970. Johnson worked as a consultant and as an engineer at Engineering Science before continuing his education at the University of Delaware. He received his Ph.D. degree in civil and environmental engineering in 1982.

Following the completion of his graduate studies, Johnson was offered a position on the faculty of his alma mater, Howard University. Johnson’s research focused on the treatment of hazardous compounds, contaminated soil including explosive waste, and environmental policy. He became chair of the Howard University Department of Civil Engineering in 1982. From 1989 until 2002, Johnson served as associate director of the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Hazardous Substance Research Center. In 1996, he was appointed dean of Howard University’s College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences and in 2005 he was named the Samuel P. Massie Professor of Civil Engineering. Four years later, Johnson became professor emeritus of civil engineering at Howard University. In 2010, he was appointed chair of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson. Johnson was the first African American to chair this independent committee for the Agency. He has also served as chair of the U.S. EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors. In 2012, Johnson was appointed director of EPA's National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) within the Office of Research and Development. Johnson has co-edited two books, contributed to three more, and he has published over 60 academic papers.

Johnson is a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and in 2005, he received the National Society of Black Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award in Academia. He has also been recognized with the 2008 Water Environment Federation Gordon Maskew Fair Distinguished Educator Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award by National Society of Black Engineers (DC Chapter) in 2009. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Association of Environmental Engineers and Science Professors and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

James H. Johnson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 15, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of James Johnson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - James Johnson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James Johnson talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James Johnson talks about the history of Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Johnson talks about his family's history in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Johnson talks about his mother's growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Johnson talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Johnson talks about his hometown of Annapolis, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Johnson talks about his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Johnson talks about his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Johnson talks about how his interest in civil engineering developed
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Johnson talks about Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Johnson talks about his experience at Bates High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James Johnson recalls President Lyndon B. Johnson's visit to Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James Johnson talks about civil engineering
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - James Johnson talks about his mentors at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Johnson talks about his studies at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Johnson talks about his decision to attend University of Illinois for graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Johnson talks about his experience working at Engineering Science and the 1972 Watergate Scandal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Johnson discusses his research on active carbon to dechlorinate water
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Johnson talks about his doctoral studies at University of Delaware while teaching at Howard
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James Johnson discusses his dissertation on solid-liquid separation in water treatment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James Johnson talks about serving as chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - James Johnson reflects on his work at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James Johnson discusses his contributions as Dean of Howard University's School of Engineering
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James Johnson talks about Howard University School of Engineering's Leadership Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James Johnson talks about receiving the Man of Courage Award
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James Johnson talks about treating water contaminated with radiological and hazardous waste
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James Johnson talks about his work as an Environmental Health and Safety Consultant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James Johnson talks about his professional honors and awards
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James Johnson describes his transition to Professor Emeritus and his research on producing biofuels
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James Johnson reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James Johnson talks about his family and their belief and pride in him
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - James Johnson talks about his brother
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - James Johnson shares his thoughts about sustainability and climate change
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - James Johnson reflects on his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - James Johnson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - James Johnson describes his photos