Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, PhD


The State University of New York

Dr. Kristina M. Johnson joined The State University of New York as its 13th chancellor in September 2017. Immediately prior to joining SUNY, Dr. Johnson was co-founder and CEO of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, a clean-energy infrastructure company focused on building and operating hydropower plants in North America. She also previously served as Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Johnson served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University from 2007 to 2009, and as dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from 1999 to 2007.

Dr. Johnson received her BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After a NATO post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, she joined the University of Colorado-Boulder's faculty in 1985 as an assistant professor and, later, full professor.

Among her many awards and distinctions, Dr. Johnson received the Dennis Gabor Prize for creativity and innovation in modern optics (1993) and the John Fritz Medal (2008), widely considered the highest award in engineering. Dr. Johnson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. She holds 118 U.S. and international patents and has five honorary degrees.

Presentation: Advanced Energy Conference 2018