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Eiko Mizuno Johnson ’65

2015 A&S Board of Advisors Alumni Award Winner

Eiko Mizuno Johnson

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Eiko Mizuno Johnson came to the United States in 1960 to attend the University of Hartford on a full-tuition scholarship. Between her graduation and her retirement in 1997, she became one of the highest-ranking women managers at Hewlett-Packard Corporation.

Johnson majored in mathematics under the guidance of Professor Cecelia Welna and received her bachelor’s degree in 1965. Johnson learned programming from Professor Edward Friedman during lunch hours because the University was not offering computer science courses at that time. She started her career at General Electric after being hired at a campus interview.

A year later, she moved to Boston and began working for Honeywell Information Systems. When she married, Johnson relocated to California in 1972, where she worked for Fairchild Systems Technology in San Jose.

In 1977, Johnson began working at Hewlett-Packard Company in Cupertino, Calif., and remained there until her retirement in 1997 from the HP Corporate R&D lab in Palo Alto. As one of the company’s top managers, she oversaw as many as 50 engineers responsible for Hewlett-Packard product development, software and hardware design, and internal system development.

Johnson is a member of the Red & White Society in recognition of her charitable giving to the University. Since retirement, she has been travelling around the world, playing a lot of tennis, gardening, and volunteering to help manage the finances of a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children in crisis. She and her husband, Lawrence, reside in Monte Sereno, Calif.