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larry johnson

Larry R. Johnson

Director, Transportation Technology R&D Center
Argonne Distinguished Fellow
Argonne National Laboratory
phone: 630/252-5631; fax: 630/252-4211


Argonne National Laboratory (1979 - Present)

  • Argonne Distinguished Fellow
  • Director, Transportation Technology R&D Center (1997-Present): Coordinate the Laboratory's transportation research programs, including vehicle systems, engines and emissions research, alternative fuels, advanced batteries, fuel cells, materials, tribology, sensors, and technology assessments. Disseminate technology developments though the quarterly newsletter, TransForum, and the Internet at
  • Director, Center for Transportation Research, Energy Systems Division (1983-2000): Managed the Center's experimental research and assessment activities. Research includes: novel approaches to reduce engine emissions such variable air composition; hybrid vehicle component testing and system modeling; and technology assessments. Developed a major maglev experimental and analysis program at Argonne as the result of initial investigations into the economics of maglev systems. Promoted to Senior Economist in 1991.
  • Economist, Center for Transportation Research (1979-1983): Conducted an economic assessment of structural ceramics in heat engine applications, which supported the development of a major DOE ceramics research program and led to the construction of the High Temperature Materials Laboratory. Other research included emergency energy planning, assessment of environmental issues of light-duty diesel engines, and the evaluation of alternative technology strategies to improve energy efficiency in urban transportation.

Tennessee Department of Transportation (1973-1979)

  • Chief, Intermodal Studies: Responsible for a variety of planning activities: including the development and use of transportation computer models and environmental planning. Led the environmental assessment of I-440 in Nashville, which resulted in major design changes for the $100 million, 7-mile project.

Genesco, Inc. (Systems Programmer, 1971 - 1973)

U. S. Air Force (1966 - 1970; Captain)


  • Author or co-author of over 70 publications or presentations in journals, books, technical reports, Activities or conference proceedings.
  • Chair of the Energy Committee of the Transportation Research Board (1990-1996). Served on numerous committees, including the Technology Advisory Committee of the Federal Transit Administration, U. S. House of Representatives Maglev Technology Advisory Committee, the National Research Council Committee on Adiabatic Diesel Technology, and review committees for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of California, Davis.
  • Testified before congressional committees on transportation energy and planning issues.
  • Patent on an integrated null-flux maglev suspension and propulsion system.


  • Ph.D. Public Policy Analysis, University of Illinois at Chicago (1990)
  • M.A. Economics, Middle Tennessee State University (1973)
  • B.A. Economics, David Lipscomb College (1966)

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