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Marquette’s Johnson Named New Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michael T. Johnson, Ph.D., professor in the Marquette University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named the next chair of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Johnson will have the rank of tenured full professor and begin his duties August 1.

Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science and engineering from LeTourneau University in 1989 and followed it with a bachelor’s degree in engineering with electrical concentration a year later. He received a Master of Science in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1994 and his doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University in 2000. In addition to his academic background, Johnson has six years of industry experience as a design engineer and engineering manager.

After receiving his doctorate, Johnson began teaching at Marquette in 2000, achieving the rank of full professor in 2013. He served as director of his department’s graduate studies for three years as well as on the University Board of Graduate Studies for seven years, two as chair. In both 2008-2009 and 2014-2015, he was a senior visiting faculty member at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Johnson’s research interests include speech and signal processing, machine learning and bioacoustics. He has received over $2.5 million in external funding, including multidisciplinary and multi-institutional grants. In addition, Johnson has authored 38 journal papers and more than 110 total refereed publications and presentations.

Johnson is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He is an area editor in the area of speech enhancement for the journal Speech Communication and is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee.

Johnson replaces Larry Holloway who will become the interim dean of the UK College of Engineering on July 1.