Erik A. Johnson, who earned three degrees from Aerospace Engineering at Illinois (BS 88, MS 93, PhD 97) has received the 2016 AE Distinguished Alumni Award.
Johnson is a professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
A Chicago area native, Johnson also earned a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1991. Johnson was a visiting research assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame from 1997-99. He joined the USC civil engineering faculty in August 1999. Since 2007, he has served as the Associate Chair of the Department (and Interim Chair in 2011).
Johnson is the recipient of a 2001 U.S. National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award, and the Junior Research Prize and Medal from the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability in 2005.
He is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has served as the Chair of the ASCE EMI Technical Committee on Structural Health Monitoring and Control and as an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics. Johnson is currently the Chair of the ASCE EMI Probabilistic Methods Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Automatic Control Council.
Johnson's research interests include “smart” structures, control of structural vibration, controllable damping devices, monitoring structural health, random vibration, and computational dynamics.