Senior Vice President, Head of OTEC Programs – Dr. Ted Johnson is a internationally renowned ocean energy expert with a long track record of success in advancing the technology of OTEC and its commercialization. Dr. Johnson served as Managing Director of the Oceans Systems Group and President of the Ocean Mining Company for the Lockheed Corporation. Under his leadership, the Oceans Systems Group built and successfully tested the world’s first successful floating OTEC plant, Mini-OTEC, off of the Hawaiian Islands. Dr. Johnson advanced the technology of OTEC and its commercialization potential from the initial Research and Development to the present day. In 2009 he received the Ocean Energy Council Pioneer Award for his OTEC achievements. Dr. Johnson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ocean Energy Council, Geothermal Research Council, and the National Hydrogen and Hydropower Councils, as well as other professional and honorary societies. He received a Doctor of Science degree from Northwestern University with high honors.