Dr. Kristina Johnson - Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kristina Johnson

State University of New York

Dr. Kristina M. Johnson joined The State University of New York as its 13th Chancellor in September 2017. With 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state, SUNY is the nation’s largest comprehensive system of public higher education. It serves more than 1.3 million students annually, employs more than 90,000 faculty and staff, and connects more than three million alumni around the world.

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. Dr. Johnson grew the company from one plant to 19 plants on 10 rivers in five eastern states—enough to power 150,000 homes with clean energy. Prior to Cube Hydro, Dr. Johnson served as Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. As Under Secretary, she was responsible for unifying and managing a broad $10.5 billion energy and environment portfolio, including an additional $37 billion in energy and environment investments from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Dr. Johnson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors. She was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame (2003) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2015). She received the Society of Women Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), the Woman of Vision Award for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (2010), and "40 years of Title IX - 40 Women Who Have Made an Impact" by ESPNW (2012).

Recognized for her work in technology transfer and entrepreneurship by the states of Colorado and North Carolina, Dr. Johnson received the 2010 Milton Steward Award from the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) and co-founded ColorLink, Inc., which was sold to RealD, and is responsible for 3D effects in movies such as AvatarGravity, and hundreds of other films.

Dr. Johnson received her B.S. with distinction, M.S. and Ph.D. 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. In 1987, Dr. Johnson co-founded the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center (NSF/ERC) for Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, and went on to serve as its director from 1994 to 1998.

She serves on the board of directors of Cisco Systems, Inc.

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