Civil engineering's Johnson honored

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) has named Peggy Johnson, head of civil and environmental engineering, the 2012 Woman of the Year.

Johnson is also the current president of the EWRI. She started at Penn State as an assistant professor before eventually becoming head of the department in 2006.

Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, Johnson served as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Graduate Research Fellow at the FHWA Hydraulics Laboratory in McLean, Va.

She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed technical articles with her students in areas of hydraulic engineering, including bridge scour, probabilistic modeling, stream restoration and river mechanics. Her current work includes vulnerability analyses for bridges over streams.

Johnson's other awards include the National Science Foundation's Young Investigator Award and its Presidential Faculty Fellow award. Her teaching awards include the Lilly Teaching Fellow and the University of Maryland's Outstanding Teacher award.

Before becoming president of the EWRI, Johnson held many leadership and committee roles with the organization throughout the years.

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Last Updated October 30, 2012