Academy honors outstanding engineering management professional

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On October 18, 2010

An engineering management professional with ties to Missouri University of Science and Technology was inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Engineering Management on Thursday, Sept. 30.

The academy, established at Missouri S&T in 2004, is an advisory group to the university’s engineering management department. The two members were selected based on input from department faculty and development officers and voted on by the academy membership.

Inducted was:

Rob Johnson of Chesterfield, Mo., vice president of123 Systems, a manufacturer of automotive-grade lithium ion batteries. Johnson is also the author of “Executing your Business Transformation” published in February 2010. The book helps guide companies contemplating mergers, acquisitions or major restructuring of their business models.

Prior to A123 systems, Johnson spent 10 years of with battery back-up system company APC, where he served as CEO, North American president, and vice president of the Availiablity Enchancement Group. Johnson was responsible for managing the $6.1 billion sale of APC to Schneider Electric.

Johnson began his career as an entrepreneur in the early 1990s, when he started his own software business, Systems Enhancement Corporation (SEC), which was eventually sold to APC.

Johnson earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management from MissouriS&T in 1989. In 2009, he received an honorary professional degree.

Johnson serves as a board member for C&R Mechanical Contractor, ESA, and 24M and is a senior board member for the Kilo Foundation. He also serves on the advisory board for the CCP Hockey Club and is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

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