Short Biography

Dr. Will Johnson
Business Development Specialist
Office of Economic. Innovation & Partnership
University of Delaware

Dr. Johnson has a distinguished technical and business career as a Material Scientist focused on composite materials of ceramics, metals and polymers.  Currently he is a Business Development Specialist in the Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships at the University of Delaware (UD), where he brings nearly 30 years of business and technical expertise in taking products to market.  He is also currently an Affiliated Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UD.  Previously he served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Fuel Cell Research at UD, which drew on over a decade of technical leadership in the Fuel Cell industry.  Prior to joining UD, Dr. Johnson was the Manager of Government Contracts in Electrochemical Technologies at W. L. Gore and Associates, Inc., where he specialized in membrane components used in fuel cell systems.  During his tenure at W. L. Gore, he also became a registered patent agent, writing and prosecuting numerous patent applications within the area of fuel cell technology.  Before his work in fuel cells, Dr. Johnson was the Technical Leader of a large team of technical Associates in the Industrial Sealants Division of Gore.  In that position he was responsible for budgets, forecasts, salary projections, and driving R&D and process project selection for a diverse group of multimillion dollar global businesses.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Johnson was a Member of the Technical Staff at Lanxide Corporation in Newark, Delaware, where he studied various aspects of the DIMOX(TM) directed metal oxidation process.  Prior to moving to Delaware, Dr. Johnson was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at The Ohio State University, where he received several awards including an OSU Small University Research Award, an Alcoa Research Award, a Bethlehem Steel Research Award, and was named an Ohio Innovator by the Honorable Richard F. Celeste, Governor of Ohio.  In addition to his expertise in fuel cells and electrochemical systems, his  research interests include solid state and high temperature chemistry including the processing and properties of ceramic, metal matrix, and polymer composite materials.   Dr. Johnson is a former member of The American Ceramic Society, and current member of The Electrochemical Society (ECS).  At ECS, he has held the positions of President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Columbus Local Section; Secretary/Treasurer, Jr. Vice Chairman, and Sr. Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the ECS High Temperature Materials Division; and Chairman of the ECS Individual Membership Committee.   He has acted as a consultant to Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Varian Corporation, Union Carbide Battery Division, and the U.S. Air Force Wright Patterson Laboratories.  He has also acted as an expert witness in various legal matters relating to electrochemistry and material failures, and is the founder and CEO of Geeks4Hire, Inc., a private company providing  IT support to small businesses and individuals.  He has also served as a Mentor to new start-up businesses in technology, including acting officially as a Mentor in a National Science Foundation funded Innovation Corp (i-Corp) program in 2016.

Dr. Johnson has contributed time to various governmental and non-profit organizations, serving on the State of Delaware Science and Technology Advisory Committee after being appointed by the Honorable Ruth Ann Minner, Governor of Delaware; on the External Advisory Board of both the Delaware Energy Institute and the Catalysis Center at the University of Delaware; as the Secretary, and later Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek; and on the Board of Directors of First State Innovation, Inc.

Dr. Johnson is the author or co-author of over 150 publications including 35 U.S. patents and patent applications and numerous additional international patent and patent applications.


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