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    MDOT Chief Operations Officer to receive national award

    Contact: Jeff Cranson, Director of Communications, 517-335-3084
    Agency: Transportation

    Chief Operations Officer Gregory JohnsonFebruary 16, 2012 -- Gregory Johnson, chief operations officer for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), will be nationally recognized today for the contributions he has made to advancing innovation and efficiency in the transportation industry. Johnson will be honored as a "Modern-Day Technology Leader" during the 26th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) luncheon in Philadelphia. The award is sponsored by the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Lockheed Martin Corp., and U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine.

    "We are very pleased that one of our top transportation officials is being recognized for embracing new technology and taking a creative approach to problem solving," said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. "This is exactly the kind of innovative thinking we encourage among all state employees and why the reinvention of Michigan continues."

    "This national recognition of Greg Johnson's leadership and vision confirms what we at MDOT have known for a long time," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "He took an innovative approach to managing complex, high-profile engineering projects in Detroit, such as the I-75 Gateway Project, the reconstruction of the John C. Lodge Freeway and the construction of the award-winning I-94 Tied Arch Bridge. He has brought that same energy and vision to the transportation challenges he oversees on the state level as MDOT's chief operations officer."

    "I am honored to receive this award," said Johnson, "and to be working for one of the leading DOTs in the country. MDOT is committed to using technology and innovative methods to provide Michigan with a transportation system that is safe and efficient."

    A registered professional engineer, Johnson joined MDOT in 1989 after working for six years as an engineer for the city of Battle Creek. He rose through the ranks to become the region engineer for MDOT's very active four-county Metro Region in 2003 and chief operations officer in February 2009. In that position, he oversees the engineering functions of the department's seven regions and Highway Development and Field Services bureaus. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a master's degree in public administration from Western Michigan University.

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