Dana M. Johnson

Dana Johnson

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Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, School of Business and Economics

Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, College of Engineering

  • PhD in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration, Wayne State University, 1999
  • MS in Industrial Technology, Eastern Michigan University, 2000
  • MS in Manufacturing Engineering, Wayne State University, 1995
  • MBA, Northern Michigan University, 1981
  • BS in Business Administration, Michigan Technological University, 1980
  • Professional Certifications: CQE - Certified Quality Engineer, CQA - Certified Quality Auditor, CMQ/OE - Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, CSSGB - Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, CPA - Certified Public Accountant - State of Michigan (licensed), CMA - Certified Management Accountant

Biography

Johnson has over 30 years of experience including industrial, consulting, and academia starting at Michigan Tech in 1981 as an accounting instructor. Upon her departure in 1984, she worked for a variety of manufacturing and consulting firms, ultimately owning her own business supplying training and consulting primarily to the automotive industry in quality engineering and supply chain management, business assessment, and project management. In 1999, Johnson returned to the School of Business and Economics to teach operations management related courses. Johnson is married to Mark Johnson, Associate Professor (SOT), and they have three children – Anastasia, Vassiliy, and Maximillian, and their dog Baby.

Research Focus

Dr. Johnson has two primary research focuses: outcomes based research with emphasis in healthcare and supply chain associated with biofuels, both liquids and solids.

Dr. Johnson is collaborating with researchers in the area of Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR). This is an extension of earlier research in the area modeling to predict the outcome of process quality as measured by cost, delivery, and product quality in the automotive industry.  The latest stream of research emphasizes the impact of service quality to predict behavioral assessment of patient satisfaction.  Dr. Johnson and her collaborators apply multivariate modeling such as robust regression, principal components analysis, and structural equation modeling. This new stream of research is timely considering that the Affordable Care Act requires health care providers to measure patient outcomes.  This extends the descriptive analysis currently used by healthcare providers.  The results will inform decision makers on how to improve overall patient satisfaction and the process of quality patient care.

Since 2006, Dr. Johnson has supported the Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APSRC) and Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) at Michigan Tech. These multidisciplinary teams have focused on research and development of liquid and solid biofuels from woody biomass.  She provides expertise in the area of supply chain management through application of simulation and optimization models to identify the number of biorefineries or biomass fired power plants in the upper portion of the lower peninsula of the State of Michigan. This was developed for the Forestry Biofuels Statewide Collaboration Center for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  Her work is widely published in Biomass and Bionergy, Bioenergy, Renewable Energy, and a number of other journals and conference proceedings.  Dr. Johnson has over 60 refereed publications including work related to liquid and solid biofuels for the transportation and power industries.

Teaching Interests

  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Engineering and Management
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Statistics

Research Interests

  • Supply chain management and modeling
  • Infrastructure integration and management
  • Business and cost feasibility in implementing environmentally sustainable management practices, including alternative energy technologies
  • Benchmarking and performance measurement
  • Lean practices in service operations

Recent Publications

  • Johnson, D. M. and Graman, G. A. (2014) “Outsourcing practices of Midwest U.S. public universities,” International Journal of Business Excellence, forthcoming.
  • Johnson, D. M. and Sanders, N. R. (2013) “Benchmarking: Success Producer or Failure Preventer?” International Journal of Business Excellence, Vol. 6, No.3, pp. 331-347.
  • Johnson, D. M., Jenkins, T. L., and Zhang, F. (2012) “Methods for Optimally Locating a Forest Biomass-to-Biofuel Facility,” Biofuels, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 489-503, Invited submission.
  • Zhang, F., Johnson, D.M., and Johnson, M.A. (2012) “Development of a Simulation Model of Biomass Supply Chain for Biofuel Production,” Renewable Energy: An International Journal, Vol. 44, pp. 380-391.
  • Johnson, D.M. (2011) “Teaching Effectiveness as Measured by Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET): An Empirical Study,” International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, Vol. 4, No. 3/4, pp. 212-228.
  • Zhang, F., Johnson, D. M., Sutherland, J. W. (2011) "A GIS-Based Method for Identifying the Optimal Location for a Facility to Convert Forest Biomass to Biofuel," Biomass & Bioenergy, Vol. 35, No. 9, 3, pp. 3951-3961.
  • Johnson, D.M., Halvorsen, K.E., and Solomon, B.D. (2011) “U.S. Midwestern Consumers and Ethanol" Biomass & Bioenergy, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 1454-1464.
  • Mukherjee, A., Johnson, D.M., Jin, Y., and Kieckhafer, R. (2010) “Using situational simulations to support decision making in co-dependent infrastructure systems,” International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 52-72.
  • Froese, R.E., Miller, C.A., Shonnard, D.R., Koers, K.P., and Johnson, D.M. (2010) “An evaluation of mitigation options for greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants in the US Great Lakes States,” Biomass & Bioenergy, Vol. 34, pp. 251-262.
  • Johnson, D.M., Hodur, C.M., Sickels, T.N., Skinner, P. (2009) “A Pedagogical Approach Integrating Research and Applied Learning in a Graduate OM Course”, International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 149-163.
  • Johnson, D.M., Froese, R., Waterstraut, J.R., Whitmarsh, J.H., Martin, A, and Miller, C. (2009). “Business Viability of Biomass Co-Firing and Gasification for Electricity Generation,” International Journal of Environmental Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 405-431.