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Nigel Johnson

Nigel Johnson

Professor, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology

Nigel Johnson’s interest in electronics started when he read an issue of Practical Wireless, an experimenter’s magazine. Previously content with taking apart household items such as the gas stove and electric heater, he was awestruck by the possibility of talking around the world, 20 years ahead of the invention of cellphones.

Surviving his early experiments, his parents thought Canada would be a good place to give him a technical education to add to the classics he learned in an English grammar school. After apprenticing in the toll telephone area at Bell Canada, he was sent to study at the DEC Engineering School in Massachusetts on the latest hardware, some of which had a core memory of 248k bytes and 10 megabytes of disk.

After four years at Bell, maintaining Univac 418 computers and modern minis, an old application to join the Canadian Forces as a pilot was accepted, and he was off to do basic officer training in Chilliwack. Alas, the military life was not for Nigel, and a serious knee injury sent him back to Toronto, where he spent the next decade in computer engineering, sales and management.

A chance happening led Nigel to a career in teaching. He was talking to a co-ordinator one day about his database of Canadian antenna sites, and the chair happened to be looking for somebody who could teach databases. Ten years of sessional work and an MSc later, Nigel found himself at Sheridan, teaching his favourite things: micro-controllers and wireless.

After-hours, Nigel flies Cessnas at Brampton Airport and loves ham radio. He is also an accredited examiner for Industry Canada and welcomes students and staff who wish to get their license to adventure on the air in Sheridan's fully equipped radio station.