Eric N Johnson


Dr. Johnson's research interests include: Fault Tolerant Estimation and Control as enabled by advancements in digital processing and new sensor technologies; Aerospace Vehicle Design, particularly as enabled by digital avionics (micro-air vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), autonomous vehicles, and new configurations); Digital Avionics Systems, including architectures and redundancy management; and Modeling/Simulation, including improving aerospace system design and integration processes. This research includes the development and operation of several research UAVs, including the GTMax helicopter research UAV. Prior to joining the Aerospace Engineering faculty, Dr. Johnson held positions with The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and at the NASA Langley Research Center. His academic and industry research experience is in the design and integration of avionics systems, including: the X-33, the C-5 Avionics Modernization Program, the C-130J, the Draper Small Autonomous Air Vehicle, and other airplane, helicopter, submersible, and launch vehicle programs. Dr. Johnson is also an instrument-rated private pilot.

  • UAV Research Facility (UAVRF)
  • Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE)
  • Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM)
  • Decision and Control Laboratory (DCL)
  • Flight Mechanics & Controls
  • Systems Design & Optimization