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Dr. Eric Johnson

PalmettoNet Endowed Chair in Optoelectronics


  • Researching ways to integrate new materials into optoelectronic devices and systems.
  • Work centers on advanced design and manufacturing techniques for photonic devices used in sensing, imaging and communications.
  • Leading the effort to establish advanced facilities for research, education, and industrial partnerships in optoelectronic device fabrication and integration.
  • Fellow, Optical Society of American and International Society for Optics and Photonics
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Alabama at Huntsville
  • MS, Electrical Sciences, University of Central Florida
  • BS, Physics, Purdue University 

Dr. Eric Johnson’s research spans the area of micro-optics and nano-photonics, with particular emphasis on active and passive photonic devices. Some of his major innovations include the development of methods for fabricating 3-dimensional micro- and nano-optics (meta-optics), high power lasers, novel integrated fiber beam shaping devices utilizing multimode interference, sensors, fiber lasers, data communications, and passive optics for spectral and polarization filtering.

As the SmartState Endowed Chair in Optoelectronics, Dr. Johnson is focused on improving devices, systems, and protocols used in high-speed optical communications networks. Prior to joining Clemson University, Dr. Johnson was a professor of Optical Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He also served as program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the area of Electronic Photonics Device Technologies, and is the recipient of the NSF’s CAREER Award.

Dr. Johnson’s research is well supported. He has received more than $15 million in externally funded university and small business research grants. He has more than 150 publications in the field.

Dr. Johnson is a proven entrepreneur; he holds 13 issued patents and founded and served as CEO of Femoptics LLC. His industrial experience is extensive, having worked with Martin Marietta, Teledyne Brown, SY Technology, and Digital Optics Corporation.

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