Jeffrey D. Johnson is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). Dr. Johnson has a faculty appointment in the Department of Engineering Education and also in the College of Medicine, where he is a Graduate Faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience. Dr. Johnson received his PhD from the University of Cincinnati in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1991. He has worked as research engineer for the United States Air Force and a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Immediately prior to joining the BME Department in 2003, he was a faculty member in the Bioengineering Department at the University of Toledo.
Dr. Johnson utilizes his electrical and computer engineering training in both his teaching and his research. In his teaching, he focuses on educating students in both the theory of engineering and in the modern computational tools that are available for solving problems that arise in engineering design and analysis. In his research, Dr. Johnson develops computational models of learning and behavior. His models are used to understand the role of the brain during normal functioning and when afflicted by Parkinson's disease. His collaborators include scientists from the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine.
Dr. Johnson is heavily involved in service to the community. He is the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society and a co-faculty advisor for the student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Minorities in Mathematics, Science and Engineering, a frequent participant in summer outreach programs, and travels nationally to recruit and educate students in career and educational opportunities in math, science, engineering, and medicine. Dr. Johnson has served on review committees for the federal agencies of the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.