ROBERT JOHNSON:  

CLASS OF 1972
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Central High SchoolClass of 1972
La crosse, WI
Ann arbor, MI

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Update: We moved to Nashville a few years back, and last year I won a Chicken Dance contest at Opryland, only because the crowd went nuts for a contestant from Wisconsin. I won a "year of free Wiener Schnitzel at the Bavarian BierHaus," so I have that going for me. Sconnie is very popular in Tennessee. I retired from IBM, went to work for a startup, and I am now just into having fun with people and places I love. After Central, I went to UW-L for two years, studying chemistry, then transferred to the University of Michigan. There I met my future wife, Diane, and then went on to grad school. I got a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of California-Davis, studying protein dynamics. I joined IBM after grad school, and ended up in IBM Research, at the Almaden Research Center in San Jose. I worked on disk drives, photoresists for chip manufacture, and then IBM's earliest work in 'nanotechnology,' on car...Expand for more
bon nanotubes. I had a great time. Around this time (1996) I was rated in the top 30 of 'high impact physical scientists' by ScienceWatch, for the nanotechnology work, and this led to a transfer to the IBM Watson lab in Yorktown Heights, NY, when this thing called the web was starting, and I cut over from physics to computer science. This was a fairly crazy move, but it worked out. I've been lucky to have worked with some really outstanding people in IBM, and I finished up as a dev director of development for some of IBM's cloud products. I have three children, all great kids, and I'm a grandfather of 3 boys and 2 girls. My father passed away in 1998, but my mom and my brother still live in La Crosse, and my other three siblings live a couple of hours away. When the kids were growing up, we'd get back to La Crosse each year, and they consider Wisconsin as 'home.' We still get back home a couple of times a year.
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