Under his leadership, Embry-Riddle began working with the Federal Aviation Administration, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and others on the development of next-generation air traffic management technology.
Embry-Riddle has been recognized with the Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association for the development and implementation of ADS-B technology. The technology allows aircraft to automatically transmit or receive data – such as identification, position, altitude and speed — through a data link. The technology will be key as air traffic moves from radar to satellite technology.
Johnson is also leading an initiative for the development of a multi-university Space Transportation Research and Development Institute to enhance commercialization of space exploration.
Johnson holds bachelor and master degrees from Florida State University and a Ph.D. from Kent State University.
Before joining Embry-Riddle, Johnson was provost and chief academic officer at Texas A&M University-Texarkana and was a college dean at the Medical University of South Carolina and at Northern Kentucky University.