Meet President Paul Johnson

Paul C. Johnson began his tenure as the 17th president of Colorado School of Mines on July 1, 2015.

Johnson comes to Mines from Arizona State University (ASU) where he served as dean and executive dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering since 2006 and was a professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment. He joined the ASU faculty in 1994 and went on to serve as the university’s associate vice president for research and the Fulton Schools’ associate dean for research. Before joining ASU, Johnson worked as a senior research engineer at the Shell Oil/Shell Chemical Westhollow Technology Center. 

Johnson is internationally recognized for his expertise in soil and groundwater remediation and risk assessment. He has co-authored 12 U.S. patents and has received awards recognizing the impact of his research and contributions to the groundwater profession including the National Ground Water Association’s Keith E. Anderson Award (2010) and the Lifetime Award in Remediation sponsored by Brown and Caldwell (2014). His research group has received Project of the Year Awards from both the Environmental Security Technology Certification and Strategic Environmental Research and Development Programs, which are given by the U.S. Department of Defense in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Johnson served on the National Research Council Committee on Future Options of the Nation’s Subsurface Remediation Effort and as the editor for the National Ground Water Association’s journal, Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation.  

He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California-Davis, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Princeton University.



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