Texas A&M Engineering Program names new associate dean for academic programs
Dr. Jo Howze, professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named associate dean of engineering for the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M and assistant director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. "Dr. Howze has extensive leadership and administrative experience, making him an ideal individual for this post," said Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, Texas A&M vice chancellor and dean of engineering and TEES director. "I am excited about the enthusiasm and dedication he will bring to the position and for the important role he will play as we begin working towards our academic goal of enriching the educational experience of our students." Howze came to Texas A&M in 1972 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. He headed the department from 1986 to 1992 and has been coordinator for the department's graduate and undergraduate programs. He is holder of a Ford Motor Company Professorship, and leads the associated "Design Across the Curriculum" initiative in the Engineering Program. His research interests are in the areas of automatic controls and energy systems, including dynamical systems modeling and engineering systems design and design methodologies. Applications include hybrid vehicles, fuel cell energy systems, power electronics, semiconductor processing controls and automotive control systems. Howze is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Sigma Xi, the national scientific research society, and a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He is currently Program Chairman for the International Future Energy Challenge. Howze holds two bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, all from Rice University.