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Robert E. Johnson
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Johnson received his B.S. degree from SUNY at Buffalo, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech. Dr. Johnson served as Dean of The William States Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte from 2000 until June 2020. College enrollment grew from 1400 to nearly 4000 students, faculty from 90 to 173, staff from 12 to 68, and research funding from $3.6M to $16.5M. Dr. Johnson worked extensively with corporate stakeholders, faculty, and staff to develop the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) to advance research in energy and to prepare the energy workforce. During his tenure, the college added eight new degree programs and four new facilities including Duke Centennial Hall, the Kulwicki Motorsports Laboratory, EPIC, and the Motorsport Research Building. Dean Johnson established programs to enhance the student experience including the Engineering Leadership Academy and the Industrial Solutions Laboratory. Before coming to Charlotte, he worked for 16 years in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois. Research focused on fluid mechanics, material processing, race car aerodynamics, and asymptotic methods. He is the author or coauthor on more that 70 archival journal articles and has worked on numerous projects for the National Science Foundation, Alcoa, and Caterpillar.

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Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Office of Space Affairs

Robert (Bob) Johnson serves as a Senior Advisor within the Office of Space Affairs (OES/SA). SA pursues and maintains a rules-based international framework for the long-term sustainability, commercialization and utilization of space. SA also works to strengthen American leadership in coalitions and bilateral engagements that extend human presence deeper into outer space for long-term exploration and utilization. Bob advised SA on a new organizational structure and operational plan, along with crafting new vision and mission statements. He organized the Space Cooperation portion of the US-UAE Economic Policy Dialog involving the FAA, NASA, NOAA, and Commerce. He worked with a team to develop a Space Policy Course to inform personnel at post and other state department offices on U.S. space policies and challenges. Bob has also supported a variety of space diplomacy efforts.