Mark A. Johnson, PE

Mark A. Johnson, PE


  • Associate Professor, School of Technology
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Phi Kappa Tau Board of Governors
  • PhD, Manufacturing Engineering, Wayne State University, 2001
  • MS, Manufacturing Engineering, Wayne State University, 1999
  • MS, Administration, Central Michigan University, 1996
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1982


Mark Johnson is an associate professor in the School of Technology and holds an affiliated faculty position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech.

Johnson’s areas of expertise are lean manufacturing practices, manufacturing and service-sector simulation, the design of experiments, power transmission using turbo-fluid machinery, and the design of hydraulic systems. He is the principal investigator on a project for General Motors Corporation: Characterizing Torque Converter Noise Generation at Various Speed Ratios to Enable Vehicle Efficiency Improvements. Johnson is active in several professional organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers International, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Soaring Society of America.

On campus, Johnson is involved with the student community, advising Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and the Michigan Tech Four Wheelers Club, as well as athletics, having membership in both the Michigan Tech Blueline Club and the Michigan Tech Huskies Club. In the local community, he serves on the Chassell Planning Commission and as a veteran, belongs to VFW Chapter 6507, based in Chassell, Michigan.

Research Interests

  • Design of test-stand systems to conduct research
  • Lean and agile manufacturing, with emphasis on total productive maintenance
  • Torque-converter noise and blade strain associated with cavitation phenomena in automotive applications

Teaching Interests

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Design of experiments
  • Machine design
  • Statics and strength of materials
  • Integrated design and manufacturing
  • Product design and development
  • Simulation methods
  • Senior design