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New Mexico State University
Department of Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Charles Johnson

Education | Experience | Publications | Consulting | Honors | Research


Dr. Johnson started as a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department in the Spring of 2000. His journey in coming to this position was by no means typical. Dr. Johnson is a member NMSU Football Hall of Fame. He quarterbacked the NMSU football team to their only undefeated season, as well as two Sun Bowl victories. Upon graduation, he continued his education at Washington University in St. Louis.

After his NMSU experience, he went on to quarterback the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals from 1961 thru 1969. During this time, he attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he received an M.S. in Ch E in 1963. Dr. Johnson then spent two years ('67-'69) on active duty in the U.S. Army assigned to NASA at Langley Research Center in Newport News, Virginia. Upon completion of his tour of duty, Dr. Johnson continued his NASA research at Monsanto Chemical in St. Louis as a doctoral project for Washington University, completing a D.Sc. degree in 1971. In 1970, Dr. Johnson was traded to the Houston Oilers where he played for two seasons, followed by four years for the Denver Broncos. He retired from the NFL in 1975 after a 15 year career. He stayed on for an additional season (1976) to coach the Bronco quarterbacks.

Dr. Johnson participated in the start-up of a gas compressor leasing company in '71 in Houston, and helped to start another compressor firm in '78 before starting the wholly-owned Johnson Compression Services, Inc. in '81. He has also consulted in engineering and product and corporate development through 1999.


B.S., Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University (1961)
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Washington University (1963)
D.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Washington University (1971)


Crawford Enterprises, Inc.
Synthetic Oil Corporation of America
Dean B. Knight & Associates, Inc.
Johnson Compression Services, Inc.


"Processing of Polyimidazopyrrolone Polymers at High Temperature," E.B. Bagley, C.L. Johnson, T.L. Tolbert, Applied Polymer Symposium No. 20, 1973.

"High Temperature Molding of Pyrrones", C.L. Johnson, and E.B. Bagley and Tom Tolbert, Polymer Engineering and Science, November 1970


Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Citation Oil & Gas
Ryan Sales & Engineering
Vanguard Energy Corporation

Honors and Awards

Big Spring High Hall of Fame
NMSU Hall of Fame
All America Hon. Ment.'58, '59 & '60
C&E News Academic All American '60
Border Conference 1st Team '58, '59 & '60
Border Conference MVP '58, '59 & '60
NMSU Aggie Football Jersey #33 Retired
NMSU Engineering Distinguished Alumnus
NMSU Engineering Centennial Distinguished Alumnus
Sun Bowl "Legends"
Sun Bowl Game MVP 1959 & 1960
Pro Bowl Quarterback '63
UPI All AFC QB '73
Denver Bronco Ring of Fame

Research Interests

High Temperature Polymers - Polyimidazopyrrolones