Paul Johnson has been coaching and mentoring students in STEM competitions for seven years, including FIRST LEGO League, Science Olympiad, and the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program. He has assisted many schools in starting these programs and serves on the CyberCalifornia Innovation Challenge Leaders and Industry Outreach teams. His middle and high school teams have had multiple first place finishes at the California state level in each of these competitions and include a first place finish nationally at the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. He is an Honorable Mention recipient of The National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Educator Award.
Johnson’s students write: “The CyberPatriot program provides us with new opportunities and real-life skills. We’ve gained confidence in technology and feel inspired to aim for a career in this field. We are learning leadership, grit and determination, collaboration, team spirit, how to work as a team to excel in competitions and to make smarter decisions in our high-tech world. We have grown as people. This experience has made a great impact on our future careers and will help us for a life time.” One of his students recently received an early acceptance to MIT.
Johnson graduated from Stanford University with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.