Joel Johnson Wraps Up His Term on the InFACT Executive Committee
Joel Johnson’s role in InFACT really began long before the initiative was conceived. Joel was a leader in a “big idea” proposal for a center for environmental data science, earning him an invitation to be one of the 19 faculty who crafted the framework for data analytics at Ohio State, as a member of the climate and environment writing team. When the request for the next round of Discovery Theme proposals was announced, Joel was back at the table from the start contributing to the successful proposal for Resilient, Sustainable and Global Food Security for Health (RSGFSH, now InFACT). Joel offered stellar engineering and technical expertise to the proposal and to the emerging program, a dimension that will continue to influence the initiative’s research portfolio and impact. He became Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at about the same time that InFACT began, and the Department continues to lead in the engineering of sensors for application across the food supply chain. Joel’s professional network has been an important asset; he reached out early on to major potential InFACT partners such as IBM. Joel is a calm, intelligent, practical, hard working and competent person, and a real pleasure to work with. We’ll miss his logical and insightful contributions to the Executive Committee’s work but will look forward to his continued role in shaping an engineering pathway to Food and AgriCultural Transformation.