Dr. Dexter Johnson is an Engineer, Educator, Entrepreneur, and Minister. He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Johnson is employed at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio, where he serves as the Chief of the Structural Dynamics Branch, and has worked there since 1990. He also is the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of PhiDex Enterprises, LLC. He is affectionately known as "Dr. Dex"! He is committed to helping people "Develop Excellence"!
- Dr. Johnson has received numerous awards and recognition, some of which are noted as follows: In 1998, Dr. Johnson was one of 6 individuals selected nationwide to participate in the prestigious NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program in which he served a visiting professor at the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering, worked at NASA Headquarters, and was a visiting researcher at several industrial organizations. Also, in 1998, Dr. Johnson received the esteemed “NASA Honor Award - Exceptional Service Medal” for his magnetic suspension systems research and development. In 2003, he won the National Technical Association (NTA) “Technical Achiever of the Year – Technologist Category Award”. In 2006, he won the Science Spectrum Magazine “Trailblazer Award”. In 2006, he was selected as an UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences “60 years of Excellence – Distinguished Alumni”. In 2008, he won the “NASA Honor Award – Group Achievement Award” for contributing to the design and development of the NASA Ares I-X Upper Stage Simulator. In 2010, he received the Inaugural “Celestial Torch Award – Aerospace Pioneer of the Year” from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Aerospace Systems Conference. He was awarded the 2012 UB Alumni Association Achievement Awards – “Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award”, and the 2012 City Honors High School “Alumni Award”. In 2014, he was selected for the inaugural NASA Leveraging Agency Supervisory Excellence and Resilience Pilot Program, and was awarded the 2014 “NASA Honor Award - Equal Employment Opportunity Medal - For outstanding commitment to the diversity and inclusion values within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields while executing the NASA mission.”