Barry W. Johnson is the director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to joining NSF he was the senior associate dean in the School of Engineering and Applies Science at the University of Virginia, where he continues to hold the L. A. Lacy distinguished professorship at the University of Virginia. In 1998, he was a founder of Privaris, Inc., a biometrics security company and has served as its chairman, president, and CEO from 2002 to 2006 while on leave from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the university, he worked as a research engineer for Harris Corporation in their Government Aerospace Systems Division. He has authored two books, nine book chapters and numerous journal and conference articles. He is also an inventor on 34 issued patents.
Johnson received his B.S., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He is a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to fault-tolerant computing and is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for innovations in computer system safety and security including biometric-based identity verification. His major awards include the 1992 C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Young Electrical Engineering Professor Award from Eta Kappa Nu, the 1991 Frederick Emmons Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, a 1992 Alan Berman Research Publications Award from the Department of the Navy, election to the Raven Society and several outstanding faculty awards.