Architectural engineering memorial scholarship established, now accepting applications


By Ashley J. WennersHerron

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Burdette, Koehler, Murphy & Associates (BKM), an engineering design firm co-located in Baltimore, Maryland, and Falls Church, Virginia, has established a scholarship in memory of partner Gary E. Johnson, who earned his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Penn State in 1987. Johnson died on Nov. 19, 2021, at the age of 57.  

The BKM-Gary E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship is open to students in good standing who are pursuing a degree in architectural engineering, mechanical option. Students who would like to be considered for the scholarship should submit a Department of Architectural Engineering scholarship application. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.  

“We are thankful for the BKM’s gift,” said Sez Atamturktur Russcher, Harry and Arlene Schell Professor and head of the Department of Architectural Engineering. “The commitment to support Penn State students pursuing an architectural engineering degree, in the mechanical option, at Penn State is a wonderful way to honor Gary E. Johnson’s legacy.” 

According to the BKM website, Johnson was passionate about Penn State, and he maintained and developed new friendships with fellow Penn State graduates throughout his career. After he graduated from Penn State, he began his career at BKM before joining another firm as the head of the mechanical department in the building design group. After a decade, he returned to BKM as an owner in 2004, where he led several expansions and collaborations in mission critical and data center design services. He also served on the ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9 Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment.  

Read more about Johnson and his life here 


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