Erik A. Johnson

Vice Dean for Academic Programs



Erik is Professor of Civil Engineering in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he previously served as Associate Chair and Interim Chair. He served as Interim Chair in 2011. He earned B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Erik is the recipient of a 2001 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a 2005 Junior Research Prize and Medal from the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability, and a 2016 Distinguished AE Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois. He is a senior member of AIAA, and a member of both ASCE and ASME. He has served as the Chair of two ASCE technical committees and as an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics. Erik currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Automatic Control Council. His research interests include “smart” structures, control and monitoring of structural vibration, controllable damping devices, random vibration, and computationally-efficient simulation algorithms for dynamical systems.