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Peter Johnson



Mechanical Engineering


Johnson is a Mechanical Engineering major graduating May 2013. He has a 3.31 GPA in one of Yale’s most difficult majors. For his senior capstone design class, he successfully designed and manufactured an electricity-free automatic door opener. Peter has also designed and 3D printed his own iPhone cases for his computer aided design class. He spent last summer as an analyst at a private equity firm in NYC and has accepted a full-time position as an Associate on the technology investment team at Summit Partners, a private equity firm in Boston.


As the first Minnesotan in Yale lacrosse history, and one of the first to make it to the Division 1 level, Johnson worked hard to set a good example for Minnesota lacrosse on the national stage. At Yale, he has been a leader on the field and in the weight room. Off the field, he has helped younger teammates academically, and was chosen to be a member of the 2010 Dean’s selection committee in Berkeley College at Yale.


Since 2009, Peter has been an active contributor to the lacrosse team’s membership in the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, which provides support for a child affected by pediatric brain cancer. For three years, he has spent time off the field organizing activities with the affected child and his brother, making them honorary members of the Yale team. During the summer and winter breaks, he has also mentored high school lacrosse players throughout Minnesota who are aspiring to play college lacrosse.


Johnson made an immediate contribution at Yale. As a freshman starter, he was able to help Yale earn its first share of the Ivy League championship since 1990, while earning All-Ivy honorable mention recognition. As a Junior, he helped Yale win the 2012 Ivy League tournament, and was selected to the all-tournament team. This victory secured Yale’s first NCAA tournament bid in 20 years. In 2012 Peter was selected to the USILA Honorable mention All-American Team, All-Ivy 1st team, and NEILA 2nd team. He was given the Christian Prince Memorial award as the team’s defensive MVP, and was drafted to Rochester in the 7th round of the 2013 MLL draft.