Joshua Johnston

Joshua Johnston ’01 is using his advanced STEM skills to fight disease and promote good health for patients.

BW grad named director of health enabling technologies at Cleveland Clinic

May 1, 2017

Joshua JohnstonJoshua Johnston ’01, who majored in mathematics and physics at BW, is using his advanced STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills to fight disease and promote good health for patients at the world-class Cleveland Clinic as their new director of health enabling technologies.

In this position, Johnston "develops and implements mathematical methods that pertain to data analytics and machine learning in clinical, research and enterprise settings." Johnston’s models are currently being used to track the onset and progression of Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and lower back pain.

Prior to bringing his mathematical expertise to the Cleveland Clinic, Johnson worked as manager of pricing analytics at Applied Industrial Technologies, an industrial distributor which serves customers throughout North America, Australia and New Zealand. Johnston’s experience also includes senior scientist for Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, a government owned research and development facility in West Mifflin, Pa.

Johnston, who received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics from the University of Akron, said "The combination of mathematics and physics classes [at BW] prepared me to think about problems from multiple perspectives. This skill was incredibly valuable in my graduate work, which was across several disciplines, as well as my career."