WASHINGTON (16 May 2008) -- Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, recently received the John Fritz Medal from the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES). She is the first woman so honored.
Johnson was one of seven honorees during the AAES 29th annual awards ceremony in the Great Hall of the National Academy of Engineering on 5 May. She was cited for her internationally acknowledged expertise in optics, optoelectronic switching and display technology.
The John Fritz Medal, referred to as the highest award in the engineering profession, is presented each year for scientific or industrial achievement in any field of pure or applied science. It was established in 1902 as a memorial to the great engineer whose name it bears. Past recipients include Alexander Graham Bell (1907), Thomas Edison (1908), Alfred Nobel (1910), Orville Wright (1920) and Guglielmo Marconi (1923).
Johnson is an IEEE Fellow and electrical engineer who, as the former dean of engineering at Duke University, increased the engineering faculty by 50 percent, tripled the size of the teaching and research facilities, and tripled the number of women engineering faculty, many in leadership positions. She co-founded the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute for Excellence in Optoelectronics and started several companies that are commercially successful in color projection devices and intellectual property licensing.
University of Michigan professor Dr. Donald B. Chaffin received the National Engineering Award.
Chaffin was honored for his truly inspirational leadership and devotion to the improvement of industrial operations, biomedical engineering education, the advancement of the engineering profession, as well as to the development of national policies for the protection of worker safety and health.
Chaffin is the Richard G. Snyder Distinguished University Profes
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