M.S. (Cornell University, 1956)
Associate Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering
Years of Service on the ME Faculty:
1968 – 1997 with 29 years of serviceUpon receiving a Master of Science Degree (Industrial Engineering) in 1956 from Cornell University, Associate Professor Johnson was employed first as a Staff Engineer and then Manager of Data Processing for Scovill Manufacturing Company in Waterbury, Connecticut. From 1966 to 1968 he was employed as Associate Director of the Office of Computing Services at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. From 1968 until his retirement at the end of June, 1997. he was employed by the University of Maine and the University of Maine System. Since 1969 he has been Director of Computing and Data Processing Services for the University of Maine System. He was awarded tenure in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on July 1, 1970.
Associate Professor Johnson had a distinguished career as Director of Computing and Data Processing Services (CAPS) and left that position with CAPS in excellent shape. During his tenure he has made significant contributions in selection of mainframe operating systems, introduction of microcomputers and the embracing of networking. He was instrumental in the University being selected as a test site for IBM’s CP/CMS operating systems, which became VM. He supported remote access to computing from as early as 1982 when we became the twelfth institution in the country to join BITNET, connecting at Yale because there were no sites in Northern New England.
In 1990, under his leadership, the University System’s proposal to NSFNET was one of four out of over 100 to be funded exactly as requested. In 1993 CAPS began to offer network connections outside the University System to educational and governmental institutions. By 1996 there were over 400 of these and SO institutions including colleges, high schools, and libraries. Overall, Associate Professor Johnson has overseen CAPS during a time when significant accomplishments have resulted in advanced services inside and outside the University.