February 24, 2024


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Alumni Highlight: John Howard, Computer Program Engineering Technological know-how

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Oregon native John Howard went from getting a disinterested math pupil to playing an important position in creating the USB (Common Serial Bus), attributing a lot of of his career prospects to his relationship with Oregon Tech. John grew up in Beatty, Oregon, a little town east of Klamath Falls. As a pupil at Bonanza Substantial University, John was an typical pupil. He and his brothers had been much more intrigued in enjoying athletics, so correct out of superior university, John enrolled at Oregon Tech to play football. Right after just one year at the Klamath Falls campus, he observed most of his close friends ended up performing, producing cash, obtaining cars, and executing the points John desired to be performing. John still left school and joined his substantial-faculty mates doing work for a logging railroad for a couple many years. When the logging business seasoned monetary issues, however, John grew to become disappointed with the evolution to “part-time” employment. John returned to university, affected by a pal who was graduating from the computer system sciences division at Oregon Tech. That friend was Calvin Caldwell, who turned a professor at Oregon Tech and however teaches there nowadays!

John returned to Oregon Tech at age 21 and enrolled in the Laptop Program Engineering Engineering program. Right after his split from college or university, the initially pair of phrases were rough, but John was identified to concentrate and reconnect. As John jokingly clarifies, he “was not the sharpest pencil in the box,” but he persevered with the enable of professors and classmates. Just one of John’s professors advised him for an internship as a technological author at Tektronix in Vancouver, WA the summer time soon after his junior 12 months. That internship not only certain him a occupation after graduation, but the business also paid out for his senior year of college. John feels that Oregon Tech’s robust reputation helped that develop into a reality.

Soon after graduating from Oregon Tech in 1985, John worked at Tektronix for a 12 months and began his master’s diploma in Laptop Engineering at the only institution giving graduate levels in computer science at the time, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Know-how (portion of the OHSU academic technique). Lots of OIT alumni went by way of the graduate system together at the exact same time. Fellow Oregon Tech alumnus John Keith was operating at Intel at the time. As a result of this link, Intel employed John as a program technician to do the job on a collaborative project named the Gemini Project amongst Intel and Siemens, executing groundbreaking do the job, developing a wholly new fault-tolerant personal computer system. Just after that project, John transferred to Sequent Desktops as a firmware engineer prior to returning to Intel. He credits his alumni connections at Intel for the chance to return, this time as a hardware engineer on the initial generation memory controller for the P6 (Pentium Pro) processor.

A couple of yrs later on, John was recruited to do the job on a new challenge at Intel, creating the USB, anything he has labored on for many a long time. John’s function on the USB has gained him many patents. His service with the sector consortium that labored on the USB (Intel and 6 other firms) provided him expertise with technical leadership of business expectations functioning groups. He collaborated with top rated-notch pc architects from across the field on USB hardware and program, led workgroups, produced procedures about fairness and voting, and much more. John has been fortuitous to contribute to all generations of USB (they are up to USB4 now). John built the components/computer software interfaces for the to start with two generations of USB host controller (UHCI and EHCI) and was the technical guide for the software package stack for the initially commercially readily available USB items primarily based on the UHCI. John also co-led the application workforce building the USB compliance tools. He was the direct architect for Accredited Wi-fi USB and made the protocol architecture made use of in the definition for Media-Agnostic USB. For USB 3., John authored the architecture chapter in the specification and transitioned to a mentor role for the technical workgroups and proceeds to take part in USB linked benchmarks routines.  

At this time, John will work on input/output (I/O) assignments as an I/O Architect for Intel. As a senior technical leader, he enjoys paying out about a third of his time mentoring junior engineers. When describing his colleagues and the assignments he will work on, he says, “I simply cannot think I get paid out for performing this! It’s just enjoyment!” Although John acknowledges the troubles and discovering curves all through the yrs, he also totally enjoys the process. He ponders the plan of educating after retirement in this industry that he enjoys so much.

When not doing work, which is seldom, John enjoys spending time with his spouse, Oregon Tech Civil Engineering alumna Kim Roske ‘85, and their collegiate son and daughter. He advises Oregon Tech pupils that “hard get the job done and integrity just take you a very long way in the industry.” He also explains that “every work that I have experienced in my vocation has been either right or indirectly attributed to alumni from OIT. Alums are extremely crucial!”

In recognition of his achievements producing the USB, John was lately awarded the 2022 Scientific Accomplishment award at Oregon Tech. Congrats to John! We are proud to get in touch with you and your spouse alumni of Oregon Tech.

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