"There's a real, positive impact when you can help bring opportunities to areas, especially where they're needed most. It's a great feeling."
Georgia native Earnest Johnson has a big heart for his home state. As an engineer on the Georgia Power Community and Economic Development team, Earnest helps businesses and communities visualize their ultimate potential. Civil engineering services and environmental data is crucial throughout any project, and the 2D and 3D designs by Earnest and his team are often the deciding factors when it comes to business locations. Local communities also benefit from his talents through his work on redevelopment initiatives that shine a light on areas that once seemed forgotten. From manufacturing facilities to office headquarters to parks and baseball fields, Earnest brings life to a project with visual and statistical data.
Earnest received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 2010 and 2012, respectively. During college, he gained experience working with his future Georgia Power colleagues through a co-op program. His master’s thesis focused on coastal engineering for levee scour during storm surges and explored possible preventable measures. The thesis was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and was published in Ocean Engineering, an international journal of research and development. After graduating, Earnest worked as a structural engineer in Raleigh, NC before returning home for a full-time position with Georgia Power Community & Economic Development in 2015.
Earnest was born and raised in Riverdale, Georgia. He recently became a homeowner in Vinings, where he says he loves that the community is quiet and quaint. Once a week, Earnest mentors local kids that are in challenging situations. He's also very close with his two young nephews. He enjoys Christian ministry, swing dancing, board games with friends, and writing.