Harley Johnson Named New Associate Dean for Research
8/12/2019 2:29:39 PM
Harley Johnson, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, has been named Associate Dean for Research in The Grainger College of Engineering, effective August 16, 2019.
The Office of the Associate Dean for Research is responsible for proactively increasing the visibility and broadening of research collaborations with state, federal, and international agencies as well as industry.
“Enhancing recognition of and growing opportunities for our exceptional research activities is vital to our mission in The Grainger College of Engineering and I have full confidence that Harley will propel us forward in these efforts,” explained Rashid Bashir, Dean of The Grainger College of Engineering. “Harley has built a strong record of success over the last 18 years at Illinois. His broad exposure and administrative experience contribute to his knowledge and appreciation of the research activities in the College and an understanding of our broader impact.”
Professor Johnson first joined the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department in 2001 as an assistant professor, was subsequently promoted to associate professor in 2006, and full professor in 2011.
Professor Johnson studies the mechanics of electronic and photonic materials, the mechanics of nanostructures, and optical properties of materials. His group works on applications in many areas, including solar energy, microelectronics, sensing and detection, and materials processing. Their work relies on atomistic and continuum modeling methods to simulate multiphysics phenomena, with the goal of helping to design and interpret experiments.