Faculty Profile

Eric Johnson, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

GEM 103

Curriculum Vitae


Eric Johnson is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Brandt Professor of Engineering at Valparaiso University.  He arrived at Valparaiso in 1997 and is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering.  He was the director of the university’s study abroad center in Reutlingen Germany from 2004-2007 and leads many of the international engineering programs in the college. He is actively involved in teaching and learning activities in the college and implementing design into the curriculum.


Ph.D. - University of Notre Dame 1997
M.S.C.S.E. - University of Notre Dame 1994
B.S.E.E. - Valparaiso University 1987

Areas of Specialization

Digital systems design, nanotechnology, international engineering, engineering education pedagogy

Courses Taught

  • GE 100 – Introduction to Engineering
  • GE 301 – Financial and Ethical Decisions in Engineering
  • ECE 111 – Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering Lab
  • ECE 221 – Digital Logic Design
  • ECE 222 – Advanced Logic Design
  • ECE 424 – Computer Architecture
  • ECE 429 – VLSI Design


  • “Teaching Entrepreneurship Throughout an Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum”, Proceedings of the 2009 ASEE Annual Conference, Austin, TX, June 2009 
  • “Making a Connection with First-Year Engineering Students”, Proceedings of the 2009 ASEE IL/IN Section Conference, Valparaiso, IN, March 2009 
  • “Teaching Probability and Statistics in a First-Year Engineering Course”, Proceedings of the 2008 ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Sarasota Springs, NY, October 2008 
  • “Developing an International Engineering Experience for Undergraduate Students at a Small University”, Online Journal for Global Engineering Education, January 2007 
  • “Serial Bit Stream Analysis Using Quantum-Dot Cellular Automata”, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, March 2004 
  • “Incorporating Standard CMOS Design Process Methodologies into the QCA Logic Design Process”, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, March 2004 

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Sigma Xi
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Tau Beta Pi