Title: (Retired) Engineering Executive
Location: Burlington, Massachusetts, United States
Kevin Johnson, Retired Engineering Executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of engineering.
Mr. Johnson started his career as a detail draftsman and mechanical design engineer for General Electronic Laboratory in 1957. In 1959, he enlisted in the United States Army, and served as a platoon leader for the 4th armored division until 1961. In 1962, he became a mechanical design engineer for Sylvania Electronic Systems, and transitioned to a role as an electro-mechanical systems engineer for the AVCO Missile System Division in 1966. Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University in 1968, and started a new position as a manager of mechanical design at Raytheon Company. At the same time, he was commissioned by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, where he rose to the rank of first platoon leader in 1969.
In 1973, Mr. Johnson became the manager of the mobile equipment and structures section at Raytheon, and continued to rise through the ranks, becoming the manager of the product design section in 1978, and the manager of the antenna design section in 1982. He remained with Raytheon Company until 1988, and during his service, he participated in many interesting projects. One of his most memorable projects was working on the Apollo 17 lunar mission for Taurus-Littrow, as a contractor with Raytheon, in which he supported astronaut commander Gene Cernan and LEM pilot Harrison Schmidt. He was able to watch the Apollo launch from the VIP review stand, and in 2000, his name was permanently placed on the National Aviation and Space Exploration Wall of Honor at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
After his lengthy career at Raytheon Company, Mr. Johnson accepted a position with MITRE Corporation as a division assistant in 1988. He quickly rose within the company, and in 1989 he became an associate department head, where he remained until 2001. He received a commendation in 1993 from Lt. General James A. Fain Jr. of the United States Air Force, for his contribution to the Space Station Freedom CDR Data Assessment Review Team. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Security Association, the Institute of Environmental Sciences, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electronics Packaging Society. Mr. Johnson also received a letter of commendation from Major General John K. Waters, and is a member of the Boston Partners in Education. As a testament to his success, Mr. Johnson was included in the 55th edition of Who’s Who in America.
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