Michael Johnson, D.M. – Nuclear Industry Expert

Faculty Program Director, School of Business and Technology

Dr. Michael Johson, Nuclear Expert, Excelsior College. Dr. Michael Johnson’s nuclear career started in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear trained machinist mate serving on submarines and instructor duty. He was commissioned as a Naval Officer (Limited Duty Officer) and served as a Naval Reactors representative at Newport News Shipbuilding, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and the Naval Reactors Facility in Idaho. Michael held positions as the Assistant Radiological Controls and Nuclear Repair Officer on a submarine tender.

Upon his retirement from the Navy, he held leadership positions in the operations and maintenance departments at the Department of Energy nuclear facility in Idaho and in the commercial nuclear industry. He is currently the Faculty Program Director for Energy Management at Excelsior College.

Michael qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, Enlisted Submarines, Engineering Officer of the Watch, and Engineering Watch Supervisor while in the Navy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from NY State Board of Regents External Degree Program (Excelsior College), a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Excelsior College, a Master of Science in Management from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix.



  • Nuclear Related Technology
  • Reactor Safety and Design
  • Nuclear Materials
  • Reactor Core Fundamentals
  • Reactor Plant Systems Overview
  • Power Plant Technologies
  • Leadership
  • Nuclear
  • Business
  • Conflict Management
  • Organizational Behaviors


  • Doctorate of Management, Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix, 2011
  • Master of Science, Management, Florida Institute of Technology, 1995
  • Bachelor of Science, Nuclear Engineering Technology (Summa Cum Laude), Excelsior College, 2013
  • Bachelor of Science, Sociology, University of the State of New York, 1991


  • Naval Nuclear Power School, U.S. Navy, 1979

Awards and Recognitions

  • Commendation Medal – Nuclear Repair Officer, U.S. Navy, 1997
  • Achievement Medal – Radiological Controls Officer, U.S. Navy, 1995
  • Achievement Medal – Training Engineering Officer of the Watch, U.S. Navy, 1988
  • Finalist for Shore Sailor of the Year, U.S. Navy, 1988
  • Instructor of the Year – Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, U.S. Navy, 1988
  • Sailor of the Year – Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit, U.S. Navy, 1988
  • Chief of Naval Technical Training Master Training Specialist, U.S. Navy, 1986
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1976

Selected Presentations

  • “Events that Shaped the Nuclear Industry,” American Nuclear Society (ANS) Student Section, Excelsior College, 2014.

Selected Publications

  • “A Correlation Study Examining Leadership Communication and Human Performance at a Commercial Nuclear Power Plant (Dissertation),” author, 2011.