Published May 6, 2021
UB alumnus Dexter Johnson, NASA Technical Fellow for Loads and Dynamics, will receive the UB President’s Medal in recognition of extraordinary service to the university during the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences' undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 15.
A member of NASA since 1990, Johnson is widely recognized for his professional excellence and dedicated service. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors throughout his career. These include NASA’s Exceptional Service and Equal Employment Opportunity Medals; the Celestial Torch Award – Aerospace Pioneer of the Year from the National Society of Black Engineers; the UB Alumni Association Achievement Award – Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award; the UB Engineer of the Year Award from the UB Engineering Alumni Association; a Buffalo Mayoral Proclamation; and the Diversity and Inclusion Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
An associate fellow of the AIAA, Johnson received all of his academic degrees from the University at Buffalo — a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, and master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering. A dedicated UB alumnus, he has been a member of the UB Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2017 and previously served on the UB Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council from 2009-15. For the past year, he has also served on the President’s Advisory Council on Race.