Dr. Shayne Johnston was born and raised in Canada. He received his dual B.Sc. degree in physics and mathematics from McGill University in Montreal, and his Ph.D. degree in theoretical plasma physics from Princeton University. Dr. Johnston is a retired university Professor, having served on the faculties of Columbia University in New York for seven years and Jackson State University in Mississippi for eighteen years. He has been active in physics research throughout his career and has enjoyed summer research appointments at four different national laboratories.