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Distinguished Service Award for Charles W. Johnson

Charles W. Johnson

Charles W. Johnson
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Business and technical professionals around the world benefit from Charles W. Johnson's education every day. Johnson is chairman of Visual Numerics, Inc., in Houston, Texas. His company provides industry-leading and mission- critical software productivity solutions to more than 300,000 business and technical professionals who use Visual Numerics' decision support tools to solve problems, identify business trends and share results.

Johnson earned a BS in civil engineering from UW-Madison in 1952. He earned an advanced engineering degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955. After serving two years in the U.S. Army as first lieutenant and manager of the Fort Belvoir computer center, Johnson joined his family's construction company, Johnson and Henrickson, Inc. in Racine, Wisconsin. He later returned to the computer field and worked for International Business Machines Corporation for 11 years, holding several positions in applied science, systems engineering and large systems marketing.

Johnson and his wife Jennifer founded IMSL, Inc. in 1970. In 1992, IMSL merged with Precision Visuals Inc. to form Visual Numerics Inc. Under Johnson's leadership, Visual Numerics has been successful in international markets with subsidiaries around the world.

Johnson has been generous with his free time by serving as vice chairman of the City of Racine parks, recreation and cultural services commission. He is a member of Chi Epsilon, Sigma Xi, and several societies, clubs and associations. He is vice chairman of Congdon Orchards, Inc., in Yakima, Washington and president of Westhome Association in Yakima.


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