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Nephi Ross Johnson   (#31)   

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Ann Arbor, MI
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University of Michigan
PhD Student

Ann Arbor, MI  

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Civil Engineering
Built Environment Sensing




I'm completing my PhD studies in infrastructure monitoring, after which I will begin working as an Associate Consultant at McKinsey & Company.
My research in infrastructure monitoring is on the interface of multiple engineering disciplines.  The main objective is to provide stakeholders with better means to maintain structures and increase their safety.  Towards this end, sensing technologies and "smart" controls are necessary which required me to broaden my knowledge very quickly in diverse fields as well as lead multiple projects in which these methods are being put into action.  These projects include wireless monitoring of:
U.S. Coast Guard vessels in high seas
Union Pacific railroad bridges in multi-hazard environments
Subsurface distributed pavement damage detection for Federal Aviation Administration
In-lab development of novel sensing techniques and sensors


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Infrastructure Systems), 2016

M.S., Electrical Engineering (MEMS), 2016

Bain & Company Advance Into Consulting Participant (July 2015)

Boston Consulting Group Bridge Participant (July 2015)

McKinsey & Company Insight Participant (June 2015)

Michigan Graduate Consulting Club’s Spring 2015 Competition

1st place Written Case Composition

Honorable mention Case Presentation

Michigan Graduate Consulting Club (member since Feb 2015)

Attended 2015 Shell Leadership Training Conference

Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (member since Aug 2012)

Rackham Merit Fellow, $77,453 (2012 – 17)

Rackham Engineering Award Recipient, $285,273 (2012 – 17)

Utah State University, Logan, UT

M.S., Civil Engineering (Structures), 2012

B.S., Civil Engineering (minor in Portuguese), 2011

Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society, inducted Mar 2011)

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (member since Jan 2011)

Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society, inducted Apr 2010)

Nominated for Most Outstanding Senior Engineering Student (2010 – 11)

Awarded Jay Bingham Scholarship in Engineering, $5,000 (2010 – 11)

Awarded American Public Works Association Scholarship, $2,000 (2010 – 11)

Awarded Mt. View Engineering Scholarship, $5,000 (2009 – 10)

Nominated for Most Outstanding Pre-Professional Engineering Student (2008 – 09)


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI             

Research Assistant, Aug 2012 – Present

Developed multiple wireless spatial sensing techniques, hardware and analysis tools

Built adaptive FEM models for use in tomography solutions

Managed monitoring projects for bridges and naval vessels

Revitalized laboratory operations and served as safety officer

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Research Assistant, Sep 2010 – July 2012

Collaborated with multiple entities to progress national scale project

Designed programs to collect, analyze and present data from bridges

Nucor Building Systems, Brigham City, UT

Structural Engineering Intern, May 2010 – Aug 2010

Designed program to automate the design of web openings in beams

Completed permits, construction drawings and quote files

Skyline A/E/S Inc., Logan UT

Survey Technician, Sep 2008 – Jul 2009

Collected precise field data, and calculated and delivered data for field implementation

Satisfied client needs while maintaining design criteria through concise communication


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Advanced Microsystem Design, Jan 2016 - Apr 2016

Developed sensor, energy harvester, logic control, communication and packaging for in-situ lead detection device for residential use

Advanced MEMS Design, Jan 2015 – Apr 2015

Conceived and carried out design of a low-power 9-axis MEMS device

RF MEMS, Sep 2014 - Dec 2014
Designed and simulated low-power sub-microsecond tuning BST switch capacitor

Integrated Microsystem Design, Jan 2013 – Apr 2013

Managed the design, modeling, fabrication and characterization of integrated MEMS and NMOS energy harvester

Utah State University, Logan, UT

ASCE Steel Bridge Competition, Aug 2010 – Apr 2011

Led the engineering design, modeling and construction of national placing bridge

Directed fundraising and marketing

Capstone Design – Multistoried Student Housing, Jan 2010 – Apr 2011

Supervised the completion of 1 ½ year design project by applying skills in multiple engineering disciplines


Coursera Global Translator Community Member, (web based), Apr 2014 – Present

Provided translation services for free online courses offered by consortium of universities

Cub Scout Leader (BSA), Ann Arbor, MI, Jan 2013 – Present

Guided elementary aged boys in their scouting advancements and character development

Football, Baseball and Soccer Coach, Cedar City, UT & Whitmore Lake, MI, Aug 2007 – Present

Organized, coached and taught community teams ages 3 – 12

Boy Scout Leader (BSA), Logan, UT, Feb 2010 – Aug 2011

Facilitated young men’s scouting and personal advancement, and professional preparation

Youth Group Adult Leader, Logan, UT, Feb 2010 – Aug 2011

Organized and supervised various co-ed youth activities

Religious Service Mission (Portuguese speaking), Brazil, Aug 2005 – Aug 2007

Rendered service and teaching to communities, schools and churches

Served as a leader to 24 peer volunteers and presided over 200+ person local unit


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