Eric G. Johnson

Optoelectronic Devices

Clemson University
Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET)
Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
215 Riggs Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-0915 Phone: +1 864 986 1106

Eric Johnson received the BS degree in Physics from Purdue University in 1985 and the MS degree in electrical sciences from the University of Central Florida in 1989 and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama at Huntsville in 1996.

He joined Clemson University in 2011 as the PalmettoNet Endowed Chair in Optoelectronics in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to that, he was with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he was a professor of optical science and electrical engineering. He also served as the director of the Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications. He has served as program director in the Electronics, Photonics and Device Technologies program in the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems Division of the National Science Foundation (2008-2010). He was an associate professor at the College of Optics and Photonics/CREOL at the University of Central Florida. Along with various other industry research, engineering and management positions, Johnson was vice president of research and development at Digital Optics Corp. He served on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and is an ex-officio member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Electron Devices Society Optoelectronic Devices Committee. He has been a topical editor for the Journal of Applied Optics and an associate editor of the Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS and MOEMS. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

His research spans the area of micro-optics and nano-photonics, with particular emphasis on active and passive photonic devices. Some of his major innovations include the development of methods for fabricating three-dimensional micro- and nano-optics, high-power lasers, sensors, fiber optic devices, data communications, and passive optics for spectral and polarization filtering. He has over 160 publications in the field with 13 issued patents. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award.