TMS Past President
Professor Emeritus, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
03/02/2017 - 04/01/2018
, Professor of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T), has served on the TMS Executive Committee, TMS Board of Directors as the TMS Financial Planning Officer, and currently serves on the TMS Foundation Board of Trustees. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed professional engineer.
TMS has been Howard's professional society home throughout his professional career. He became a member as a student and has served TMS on many committees including Nominating, Professional Registration, Audit, Retirement, Waste Minimization and Recycling, Education, Physical Chemistry of Extractive Processes, Student Affairs, and Extraction & Processing Division (EPD) Publications. He has presented papers and short courses at TMS Annual Meetings; served as key reader for and published in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions; and co-chaired many technical sessions. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Alpha Sigma Mu, the EPD Scholarship Selection Committee, and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) Hoover Award Selection Committee.
Howard has held leadership and service positions at his university including chair of the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, faculty senate chair and chair of the faculty, and Material Advantage advisor. He is a recipient of the AIME Mineral Industry Education Award and the SDSM&T Presidential Award for Outstanding Service; former president of Group V Metals, a technology services and licensing company; and a volunteer in numerous community organizations. He is also a member of ASM International, the American Ceramic Society, and the Association for Iron and Steel Technology.