My Seventy-five Years: the Highlights

Date(s) - 10/09/2017
3:00 pm

Wesley M. Johnson, Ph.D., Retired Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair, College of Medicine, University of South Florida

This reflective look at the author’s seventy-five years is used to frame a number of graduate engineering education issues.  The first is an example of a path to excellent college education without access to the “right” family.  Second, engineers need to understand original source document’s importance.  Third, shadowing medical doctors especially in the Operating room will provide many payoffs.  Fourth, engineers should bring their critical and creative thinking to the political environment.  Fifth, all engineers should expect to practice their craft throughout their lives – life long learning, engineering and engineers for life.  Finally, appropriate compensation and incentive for intellectual property is a must for students and faculty alike.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Johnson retired as Research Assistant Professor from the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair, College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa in 2007.  He also held appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of South Florida. In that department he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Human Factors Engineering. Immediately after retiring Dr. Johnson incorporated and operated a Biomechanical Testing Company from 2007 through 2012. Previous to attending Graduate School at UF (1998 – 2003) Dr. Johnson worked in the electric power industry holding positions from engineer up to assistant nuclear plant manager. He served honorably in the United States Navy aboard nuclear submarines during the Viet Nam era.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Nuclear Engineering Sciences (1974), a Masters Degree (2000) and Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering (2003) from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Dr. Johnson has over thirty peer reviewed scientific publications and presentations and has nine issued United States patents two of which are under corporate review. He also served as an elected Councilman (D) in the Borough of Clementon, New Jersey (1976-1980) and ran unsuccessfully for Florida State Senate in 2012. Currently Dr. Johnson is experimenting with 3D printing in its rapid prototyping application as well as developing new feed materials.