Tim Johnson
  Professor of Practice             Electrical Engineering &           Computer Science

 The University of Kansas
       Edwards Campus

~ Personal Contact ~

Currently is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Electrical Engineering & ComputerScience at The University of Kansas (KU). His focus is on teaching in the new Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program at KU's Edwards campus.

Recently served as the Vice President for Innovation and Technology for The IDEA Center, Inc. Recent successes include leading the development an outstanding technology team, adoption of an agile software development methodology, consolidation of key intellectual property assets, and the build-out of IT infrastructure to support the fast growth associated with current business successes. In addition, contributed as a member of the executive leadership team during a four-year period.

Previously, was the Executive Director for The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC) at The University of Kansas. While serving as a member of the leadership team, at its peak ITTC grew to a $7 million per year State designated KTEC Center of Excellence consisting of a team of over 200 individuals. In addition, over a ten-year period, ITTC activities yielded 38 new technologies commercialized in Kansas, the spin-out of six new tech-companies, and a total of ~$75 million in research, development, and commercialization revenue capping a ten-fold increase in revenue since 1992. Research, technology transfer, and commercialization activities have resulted in over 72 presentations, technical articles, reports, and refereed journal publications. Directly responsible for over $7 million in funding from over 28 research awards as Principal (or Co) investigator.


  • 20+ years
    • in the management, design, and implementation of software/engineering projects
    • attracting, conducting, and presenting IT/Engineering R&D/C activities
    • providing professional guidance and technical mentoring
  • 15+ years
    • in the private sector (executive and technical responsibilities)
    • provided leadership in 18 executive and board level positions
    • software programming, analysis, algorithm development, and management 
  • 10+ years 
    • leadership experience as a senior University Executive and Administrator
    • technology-based economic development experience
  •  5+ years teaching University classes in electrical engineering & engineering management
  • Helped start several companies and technology-focused professional organizations
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Kansas State University
Business Expertise: executive leadership, business operations,  budget and finances, evaluation and management of intellectual property,  technology-based economic development & commercialization, start-up/early-stage technology companies, program management, professional mentoring. 

Technical Expertise: leading technical teams, acquiring and managing technical resources, SW/IT/Engineering research & development, product development, software/engineering project management (traditional and Agile methods), managing vendor relationships, electrical engineering, technical mentoring.

Hands-on experience: Web-based products and services, C, Fortran, Pascal, Basic, Perl, Unix Shell(s), ODBC, XML, TeX, HTML, CSS, Javascript, software life-cycle development and testing, virtual machines, development of  SW/IT/Network policies and best practices, etc. 

Working knowledge: Continuous Integration, hosted servers, networks, system administration of servers and networks, data management, security, Unix, Lisp, Java, MySQL, PhP, etc.

                    Work History

                    Professor of Practice: [Janruary 2013-present]
                    Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

                    Teaches courses in the new Bachelor of Science of Information Technology program at KU's Edwards campus.

                    Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Overland Park, KS

                    Entrepreneur-In-Residence: [October 2012-August 2013]

                    ECJC's mission is to stimulate business creation and employment in the region by providing resources and service to early stage, high-return, high-growth companies.

                    The IDEA Center, Inc., Manhattan, KS

                    Vice President, Innovation & Technology: [August 2007-June 2012]

                    Responsibilities include all software products, web-based services, and IT infrastructure while contributing as a member of a four-person leadership team addressing strategic business issues. The mission of the IDEA Center is to provide outstanding products and services that focus on improving teaching, learning, and leadership in higher education.

                    The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC), Center was in:

                    The University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence, KS [2003-Aug. 2007]

                    KU Center for Research, Inc. (KUCR), Lawrence, KS [1996-2003]

                    Executive Director: [Aug. 2003-2007]

                    Executive Director, Operations & Applied Technology: [Dec. 1996-Aug. 2003]

                    ITTC advances knowledge and creates innovative technologies in information systems, telecommunications, bio-informatics, and radar

                    Responsibilities included:

                        • Development tactical and strategic plans, policies, and operational practices
                        • Supervision of overhead accounts, staff, and allocation of resources
                        • Formulation and presentation of activities and outcomes to key stakeholders
                        • Responsibility for annual budget request and annual reports
                        • Oversight of solicitation, review, evaluation, selection, monitoring, staffing, resource allocation, IP protection, and commercialization outcomes
                        • Presentation of technical activities and capabilities to the private sector
                        • Evaluation of technologies for patent and commercialization potential while prioritizing investments in the intellectual property portfolio

                    Cadstone, LLC, Lawrence, KS

                    Member of the Board of Directors: [2004-2006]

                    Cadstone, LLC is a leading provider of language-based system-level design tools and services. Their goal is to assist companies to reduce the costs associated with system-level issues such as resource utilization, security, safety and undesirable interactions that can frequently be missed until system integration.

                    Cadstone, Inc., Lawrence, KS

                    President and Member of the Board of Directors: [Aug. 2001-Nov. 2003]

                    See prior company description. My primary role was to establish the new start-up company based on University of Kansas developed technology. Responsible for everything including the company name, bylaws, initial business plan, and identifying the initial management team. Remained in this role until the company was mature enough to be sustainable.

                    Lawrence Applied Research Corporation, Lawrence, KS

                    Vice President: [Nov. 1994-1996]

                    Performed research, development, and education in communications systems design and performance, communications engineering, information systems engineering, and DSP.

                    The Center for Excellence in Computer Aided Systems Engineering (CECASE)

                    University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (CRINC), Lawrence, KS

                    Executive Director: [Sept. 1996-Dec. 1996]

                    Associate Director: [Dec. 1993-Aug. 1996]

                    Associate Research Engineer: [Aug. 1991-Dec. 1993]

                    Managed internal Center operations and all internal and external reviews of Center’s activities and plans. Responsibilities included supervision of research facilities, proposal review of internally-funded projects, monitoring progress on current projects, assisting in annual budget preparation, managing budget (FY95 funding at  > $800,000), and coordinating advisory board operations, quarterly and annual reports, research reviews, and communication with industrial sponsors. Responsible for the project management and supervision of research and commercialization efforts while providing assistance and consultation to the Kansas business community.

                    Data Discovery, Inc., Overland Park, KS

                    Member of the Board of Directors: [1994-1996]

                    Automation of information discovery across platforms, systems, media, and methods.

                    The Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

                    Assistant Professor: [1989-1991]

                    Conducted and supervised research in the general area of signal processing. Supervised graduate students' research and theses in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Taught engineering science and electrical engineering courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. Academic advisor for electrical engineering students and served on thesis committees. Faculty advisor for IEEE Student branch which was selected Denver Section Student Branch of the Year.

                    The Department of Electrical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

                    Instructor: [1986-1989]

                    Worked several years on funded research for Motorola Inc., Government Electronics Group involving communication receivers. Conducted research in the general area of signal processing. Taught undergraduate electrical engineering lecture courses. Academic advisor during summer sessions and helped with summer enrollment. Served on the search committee for a Department Head of Electrical Engineering.

                    Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Falls Church, VA

                    Engineer, Defense Satellite Communication System Research: [1986]

                    Delivered engineering support for Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III program. Responsibilities included the estimation of signal power transmitted over a channel characterized by nuclear scintillation, and its application to uplink power control. Provided Universal Modem support for DSCS system development. Studies emphasized performance estimates for spread spectrum systems as a function of parameters such as hop rate, modulation scheme, bit-error-probabilities, and channel attributes.

                    Kansas Power and Light Co., Topeka, KS

                    Senior Associate Division Engineer, Distribution Systems: [1982-1983]

                    Major duties and responsibilities included distribution system load flow and power factor studies, distribution project design of main feeders and sub-stations, and the field supervision of projects.  

                    Other Experiences:*

                    The Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science,

                    KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

                    Board of Directors: [Aug. 2013- present]

                    KCnext is committed to growing the existing base of technology firms, recruiting and attracting technology

                    companies, aggregating and promoting our regional IT assets and providing peer interaction and industry

                    news. By focusing on key industry priorities, KCnext works to connect, promote and support the KC region’s

                    tech industry.

                    The Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science,

                    The University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence, KS

                    Industry Advisory Board: [2009-Dec. 2012]

                    The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC),

                    The University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence, KS

                    Industry Advisory Board: [2008-Dec. 2012]

                    ITTC advances knowledge and creates innovative technologies in telecommunications, information systems, bioinformatics, and radar.

                    Software and Information Technology Association of Kansas (SITAKS), Lenexa, KS

                    Board of Directors: [Nov. 2010-Dec. 2011]

                    SITAKS is an industry membership group designed to support Kansas' software, information technology, telecommunications and other high-tech companies, as well as companies with large IT departments.

                    Early Retirement Investment Club, LLC, (ERIC), Overland Park, KS

                    Partner: [2007-2013]
                    ERIC invests assets in securities for the benefit of the partners.

                    Heritage United Methodist Church (HUMC), Overland Park, KS

                    Administrative Board Chairman: [2007-2009]

                    Administrative Board Vice-Chairman: [2005-2006]

                    The Administrative Board (i.e. Board of Directors) is the primary governing body of HUMC, which had over 800 members at that time. Additionally served is several other leadership roles from 1996 to 2010.

                    ITKC, Overland Park, KS

                    Founding Member and Steering Committee Member: [2001-2009]

                    Served as Sponsorship Chair for part of the term. ITKC was created to help build a strong Information Technology (IT) community in the Kansas City Region. By advancing a connected IT community in our region, we encourage regional economic growth and the adoption of new innovations. Our mission is to energize, unite and nurture the IT community in the Kansas City region.

                    Lawrence Technology Association, Lawrence, KS

                    Founding Member and on the Board of Directors: [2001-2004]

                    Served as Treasurer for part of the term. The Lawrence Technology Association is an independent, industry-led organization created to promote growth of the technology sector in the greater Lawrence, Kansas area. Activities include networking, advocacy, and support of economic development efforts such as education, financing and the presentation of Lawrence as a great location to start or move a technology business.

                    *Over 16 years non-profit experience at ITTC and CECASE in KUCR. KUCR is a non-profit 501-c3 that manages all of KU’s research and IP (see above for details).


                    Memphis State University, B.S.E.E., 1982

                    Kansas State University, M.S.E.E., 1985

                    Kansas State University, Post M.S.E.E. [1986-1989]

                    Publications and Research Awards: (details available upon request)

                    PI/Co-PI of over $7 million in funding on 28 research awards from 8 funding sources

                    Four Refereed Journal Proceedings and six Refereed Conference Proceedings

                    Over 70 technical reports/presentations

                    Other Activities and Accomplishments:
                    • National Finals judge for the National Medal of Technology Program’s annual Internet, Science, and Technology Fair (ISTF); 2014, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2003
                    • Senator Pat Roberts' Information, Telecommunications & Computing Technology Task Force, 2007
                    • Technical Review Committee for the Mid-America Angels Network, 2006-Aug. 2007
                    • Chair of the Kansas Bio-science Information Technology Hot Team, 2005
                    • Secured $625,000  for a $25 Million NSF Science & Technology Center, 2005
                    • Helped establish one of the 1st Independent University RFID Performance Labs, 2004
                    • Reviewer for the NASA-Advanced Information System Technology Program, 2004
                    • Selected Kansas City Star “DIGITAL PRAIRIE: Tech 50 mover and shaker,” June 2002
                    • Member Kansas Innovation Center's (KIC) advisory board and operations committee
                    • Member Silicon Prairie Technology Association’s Information Technology committee
                    • Member KTEC Telecommunications, Commercialization, and IT committees
                    • Taught more than 12 different University courses in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Management; additionally, taught 4 different short courses.
                    Professional memberships: ACM, IEEE, ASEE: Computer, IT, & Engineering Management Societies.