President & Professor
Colorado School of Mines
Paul C. Johnson is the 17th President of Colorado School of Mines (Mines), in Golden, Colorado, which is world-renowned for producing highly sought-after scientists and engineers, innovations and objective analyses, especially in fields relevant to earth, energy and the environment.
Dr. Johnson’s career reflects his strong passion for innovation, education and student success. He began his career at Shell Development in Houston, developing novel approaches for managing and restoring contaminated soil and groundwater sites. He then joined the faculty at Arizona State University to continue this work and share his experiences with students. There, he gradually took on senior leadership positions, including ASU’s associate vice president for research and dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, which grew from about 6,000 to 19,000 students during his leadership.
Throughout his time in academia and senior leadership, he has continued teaching, mentoring and leading research projects. He serves as consultant to industry and governments and was editor for the National Ground Water Association’s journal Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation for nine years. He has over 25 years of experience in the remediation field, ranging from theoretical analyses to detailed field-scale studies focused on the design, monitoring, and optimization of soil and groundwater remediation systems and modeling and monitoring related to risk assessment.
A chemical engineer by training, Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California–Davis and master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University. He has been recognized for excellence in teaching and innovation through numerous awards, including the Fair Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Water Environment Federation, the Brown and Caldwell Lifetime Achievement Award in Remediation, and the National Ground Water Association’s Keith E. Anderson Award. His most valued recognitions are those received for excellence in education.
Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Remediation Experience and an Outlook to the Future
This presentation will provide an overview of lessons learned from three decades of environmental cleanup experience based on the Dr. Johnson’s extensive research and development portfolio, both as an industry practitioner and as an academic. The presentation will highlight key advances in remediation with a focus on technology, application and policy advances which have propelled the restoration of contaminated sites. Dr. Johnson will conclude with his perspective on the future of the remediation industry, and main challenges facing this industry.