Montana State University

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Erick L. Johnson
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
201E Roberts
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173800
Bozeman, MT 59717-3800

Tel: (406) 994-6163
Fax: (406) 994-6292

Erick L. Johnson

Dr. Erick L. Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3800


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 326 Heat Transfer