Susan (Weisenbach) Johnson ‘74

Susan M. Johnson, is employed as an Engineering Program Manager, at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Glenn Research Center. She is assigned to the Aeronautics Mission Office and is the Project Manager for Propulsion in the Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology Project.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Johnson attended Kent State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering Technology with minors in mathematics and physics. She also was awarded a Master of Science degree from the University of Toledo in Engineering Science, with mechanical engineering emphasis.

Previous research work experience at NASA Glenn includes studying Diesel engine applications for general aviation aircraft, experimental research on jet engine combustors, and fuel nozzle configurations for turbomachinery emission reduction. She has been an aerospace project manager for over 20 years managing diverse propulsion engine projects such as the Advanced Turboprop project and hypersonic engine technology projects.

Special honors: Ms. Johnson has received the National Aeronautic Association Collier Trophy, for the greatest American achievement in aeronautics and astronautics, as a team member of the Advanced Turboprop project, the NASA agency Equal Employment Opportunity Medal, and the NASA agency Exceptional Service Medal for sustained performance of NASA’s Aeronautics mission and goals.

She is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Besides being an AIAA member, she is also a member of the Vertical Flight Society, Experimental Aircraft Association, National Free Flight Society and Academy of Model Aeronautics. She soloed on her 16th birthday and received her pilot’s license at age 17.