He owns two high-tech companies. Here’s part of his resume:

The companies—Excellatron Solid State and Johnson Electro Mechanical Systems—have become leading developers of technology for ceramic solid state batteries and lithium air batteries, which have potential applications for electric motor vehicles.

Johnson is also developing thin film batteries for cell phones and aerospace applications. And he has developed a system that has potential applications in solar power plants and ocean thermal power generation.

Johnson graduated from Tuskegee University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Two years later, he obtained a master’s in nuclear engineering.

Following graduation, Johnson joined the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command, where he helped develop the Stealth Bomber program. He also worked as a systems engineer for the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn.

And if all of that isn’t impressive enough, he invented the Super-Soaker Water Gun.

If you live near Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio — I wish I was! — and you’re free tomorrow afternoon:

Lonnie Johnson is scheduled to give a talk, “Inspiring a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and excellence,” at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 in 112 Oelman Hall. Johnson’s lecture is free and open to the public.

Lonnie Johnson is the type of entrepreneur that young people need to hear. He didn’t sit around waiting for the government to give him money, he made his own way in the world.