Johnson portrait


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010
  • Post-Doc, Water Power Technologies, Sandia National Laboratories, 2010-2013


Jan ’13 – Present

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Montana State University (MSU), Bozeman, MT 59717, USA

Aug ’10 – Jan ‘13

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, Water Power Technologies, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Aug ’06 – Jul ‘10

  • Research/Teaching Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Selected Publications

  • Schuster M, Fritz N, McEntee J, Costantini D, Rumsey M, Hernandez-Sanchez B, Miller D, Johnson E. Externally bonded FBG strain sensors for structural health monitoring of marine hydrokinetic structures. proceedings of the 2nd Marine Energy Technology Symposium. Seattle, WA, 2014.
  • Laird DL, Johnson EL, Ochs ME, Boren B. Technological cost-reduction pathways for axial-flow turbines in the marine hydrokinetic environment. Sandia National Laboratories, SAND2013-7203. 2013.
  • Johnson E, Fontaine AA, Jonson ML, Meyer RS, Straka WA, Young S, van Dam CP, Shiu H, Barone M. A 1:8.7 scale water tunnel test of an axial flow water turbine. proceedings of the 1st Marine Energy Technology Symposium. Washington, D.C., 2013.
  • Zhang H, Jiao Y, Johnson E, Zhang Y, Shimada K. Modeling anisotropic material property of cerebral aneurysms for fluid-structure interaction computational simulations. CompIMAGE 2012. Rome, Italy, 2012.
  • Jonson ML, Fahnline J, Johnson E, Barone M, Fontaine AA. Influence of blade solidity on marine hydrokinetic turbines. proceedings of the Internoise 2012/ASME NCAD Meeting. New York City, NY, 2012.
  • Shiu H, van Dam CP, Johnson E, Barone M, Philips R, Straka WA, Fontaine AA, Jonson ML. A design of a hydrofoil family for current-driven marine-hydrokinetic turbines. proceedings of the 20th ICONE and ASME 2012 Power Conference. Anaheim, CA, 2012.
  • Johnson E. Barco J, James SC, Roberts JD. Reference mdoel MHK turbine array optimization study within a generic river system. Sandia National Labs report, SAND2011-9305, 2011.
  • James SC, Barco J, Johnson E, Lefantzi S, Roberts JD. Flow sensitivity to MHK energy extraction using the SNL-EFDC model. 9th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, 1–10, Southampton, United Kingdom, 2011.
  • James SC, Lefantzi S, Barco J, Johnson E, Roberts JD. SNL-EFDC model calibration and sensitivity study for MHK energy extraction. Oceans 2011, 1–10, Kona, HI, 2011.

Recently Funded Research Projects

  • Johnson E. MHK Environmental and Device Design Assessments. Sandia National Laboratories. $67k (July 2013 – Dec. 2014).
  • Cahoon J, Johnson E. Computational Fluid Dynamics in Ecohydraulics. Montana High Performance Computing Seed Grants. $5k (June 2013).
  • Johnson E, Miller DA. MHK Composite Technologies. Sandia National Laboratories. $15k (June 2013 – Sep. 2013).
  • Johnson E. Technology Support of MHK Award Winners. US Dept. of Energy, Water Power Technologies. $600K (2011-2014).
  • Johnson E, Barone M. Current and Tidal Turbine Design. US Dept. of Energy, Water Power Technologies. $600K (2010-2013).

Professional Affiliations & Service

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Reviewer for Renewable Energy
  • Committee for Research Computing, MSU, 2013-Present
  • Mechanical Engineering Graduate Committee, MSU, 2013-Present

Teaching Assignment

  • EMEC 405 FEA
  • EMEC 326 Heat Transfer