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Bonnie Worth Johnson

Senior Lecturer
Systems Engineering

Phone: (703) 407-4531


B.S., Physics, Virginia Tech, 1992
M.S., Systems Engineering, Johns Hopkins, 2002
PhD, Systems Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, 2019
Worked for 20+ years as a senior systems engineer for defense companies including Northrop Grumman and SAIC. Performed engineering and research on Naval combat systems, missile defense systems, global communications systems, and imagery systems.
NPS Experience
  • 2020 - current: AD-5, step 50
  • 2011 - current: AD -3, step
Other Experience
  • 2003 - 2006 Senior Systems Engineer, Northrop Grumman, Joint SIAP Program
  • 2002 - 2003 Senior Systems Engineer, Science Applications International Corporation, Missile Defense programs
  • 2000 - 2002 Senior Systems Engineer, Digital Systems Resources, Navy Common Command and Decision System
  • 1999 - 2000 Senior Systems Engineer, Systems Planning and Analysis Corporation, Navy PEO TSC Programs
  • 1998 - 1999 Lead Systems Engineer, Science Applications International Corporation, Nuclear Treaty Programs
  • 1997 - 1998 Lead Systems Engineer, Digital Systems International Corporation, Nuclear Treaty Programs
  • 1995 - 1997 Engineer, Nichols Research Corporation, Missile Defense Programs
  • 1990 - 1992 Engineering Summer Intern, Army Research Laboratory, Missile Fuse Electronics
Research Interests
Automated Battle Management Aids
Artificial Intelligence & Decision Making
Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence System Safety
Predictive Analytics
Combat Identification
Big Data Applications and Architecture
Integrated fire control
Complex Systems
Systems of systems
Distributed sensors and weapons coordination
Directed Energy Systems
Counter Directed Energy Warfare
Missile Defense
Naval and Joint Tactical Operations
Teaching Interests
Systems Engineering
Technology Innovation and Evolution
Quantitative Methods for SE
Weapons Systems Integration
Combat Systems
System Assessment & Suitability
Systems Integration


  • 2014 - Wayne E. Meyer Award, NPS SE Dept

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • American Society of Naval Engineers
  • International Council on Systems Engineering
  • 2017 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
  • 2017 Complex Systems Society
  • 2017 - 2018 Women in Defense
  • 2016 Directed Energy Professional Society
  • 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers