Katherine Johnson

Name: Katherine Johnson Picture of Faculty/Staff Member
Alumni Of:
  • School of International Affairs
  • B.S. INTA 2010
Current Job: Co-owner of an American barbeque restaurant in Central China's Henan Province

Katherine Lange Johnson is currently the co-owner of an American barbeque restaurant in Central China’s Henan Province. As the owner, Katie is responsible for turning dreams into a profitable business. Starting with concept creation, construction and design, menu development, marketing schemes, staffing and compensation, to staff management, business growth and opportunities, and new product development, Katie has her hands and eyes on all aspects of the restaurant.

How did Tech and the Nunn School help you get where you are?

I found my first job in China through a personal relationship I developed at Tech. I found the courage to stay and follow a path that wasn’t clear from the beginning from an academic relationship at Tech. The relationship I developed with Professor Kosal through a PURA research project allowed insight into the many potentials of life beyond university, along with, of course, analytical thinking skills, writing and research skills, and presentation skills that I use every day.

What advice you would give current students at Tech as well as the Sam Nunn School specifically?

Be engaged, and take the time to study, consider, and apply what you learn in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom.

What is something that you got from studying International Affairs at Georgia Tech?

One of the more valuable lessons I learned at Tech was to be skeptical and analytical of other people’s opinions, research conclusions, and bold statements. The Nunn School changed the way I read the news, process current events, and think about global affairs, especially when related to science and technology.