Matt Johnson grew up in Iowa City, Iowa. After graduating high school in 2012 he majored in Chemical Engineering at University of Iowa. There he worked in the Stanier group developing a new mathematical technique for determining the composition of atmospheric aerosol droplets based on how they change size when heated. The summer of 2014 he did an internship with Dr. Scott Collis at Argonne National Lab developing python tools for the evaluation and statistical analysis of cloud forecasting with the NOAA HRRR weather model. The following summer he returned to Argonne National Lab to work for Dr. Scott Goldsborough developing python software for analyzing uncertainty in chemical kinetic mechanisms. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2016 he headed to Goddard Space Flight Center for a summer to work for Dr. Peter Colarco extending the GEOS-5 climate model to account for secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation in the atmosphere before pursuing a doctorate in chemical engineering at MIT.
Matt now works in the Green group improving the capabilities of the Reaction Mechanism Generator (RMG) software to make the mechanism generation and subsequent model improvement processes smoother and easier.