Lawrence A. Johnson Graduate Student Endowed Scholarship in Optical Sciences

Lawrence Johnson

Lawrence A. (Larry) Johnson founded ILX Lightwave Corp. in 1986 and served for 26 years as its president and CEO and chairman of its board of directors. He is recognized throughout the optics community for his business and technical acumen, which enabled ILX Lightwave to become the world leader in laser diode instrumentation and test systems and remain so throughout its history.

Johnson earned a B.S. in engineering physics from the Colorado School of Mines and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences. Prior to establishing ILX Lightwave, he led a research group at Rosemount Inc., where he was responsible for the development of fiber optic sensors for industrial applications. He also held technical positions in aerospace and government laboratories, focusing on electro-optical systems for defense and environmental monitoring.

Johnson and his wife, Nancy, maintain residences in Bozeman, Mont., and Tucson, Ariz., where he pursues his passions for business development and high-alpine recreation.

This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Lawrence A. and Nancy M. Johnson in appreciation of the faculty and staff of the College of Optical Sciences, and with special recognition for James C. Wyant, a mentor, longtime friend and member of the ILX Lightwave Corp. board of directors for over 24 years.


This scholarship is available to a first-year graduate student at the College of Optical Sciences. In addition to demonstrating academic excellence, applicants should display commitment to scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities and interests beyond science and technology.


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