RESEARCH PROFESSOR - NC STATE UNIVERSITY AND AT THE POWERAMERICA INSTITUTE
Mark Johnson is a Research Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at NC State University and at the PowerAmerica Institute. He was previously the Director of the DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office and a Program Directors for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) supports technology innovation through research and development as well as STEM/workforce programs at the intersection of manufacturing and energy. At AMO, he managed over $250M annually, supporting universities, national laboratories, companies and not-for-profit organizations, including the five DOE institutes in the ManufacturingUSA program. At ARPA-E, he started and managed the grid-scale energy storage and the alternatives to rare-earth materials for energy programs for the then newly formed organization, as well as individual R&D projects in advanced semiconductors, airborne wind energy, and advanced electric machines, managing over $150M resulting in over $350M in follow-on investment at universities, labs and companies. Mark has also been an entrepreneur in the start-up phase of three semiconductor companies that ultimately had successful exits at QED, EPI Systems and Nitronex.