Kristina M. Johnson was appointed provost and senior vice president of academic affairs of The Johns Hopkins University on Sept. 1, 2007. An electrical engineer with 129 U.S. and foreign patents and co-founder of several start-up companies, she is the university’s 12th provost and the first woman to hold the university's second-ranking position. Johnson had previously served since 1999 as dean of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering.
In 2004, she won the Achievement Award of the Society of Women Engineers. Johnson graduated from Stanford University in 1981 with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She earned her Ph.D. at Stanford in 1984. In 2003, she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame. (Johns Hopkins University)