Alumni Spotlight: John Howard, Computer Software Engineering


Oregon native John Howard went from remaining a disinterested math college student to participating in an essential purpose in developing the USB (Universal Serial Bus), attributing numerous of his job alternatives to his relationship with Oregon Tech. John grew up in Beatty, Oregon, a compact city east of Klamath Falls. As a university student at Bonanza High University, John was an regular university student. He and his brothers had been much more interested in playing sports, so right out of superior college, John enrolled at Oregon Tech to enjoy football. Soon after a person yr at the Klamath Falls campus, he observed most of his buddies had been operating, producing dollars, obtaining automobiles, and accomplishing the factors John wished to be doing. John left faculty and joined his substantial-university mates working for a logging railroad for a several many years. When the logging field expert economical problems, although, John turned not happy with the evolution to “part-time” employment. John returned to school, affected by a buddy who was graduating from the pc sciences section at Oregon Tech. That mate was Calvin Caldwell, who turned a professor at Oregon Tech and nonetheless teaches there these days!

John returned to Oregon Tech at age 21 and enrolled in the Computer Software program Engineering Technology application. Immediately after his split from faculty, the initially pair of conditions were rough, but John was identified to focus and reconnect. As John jokingly points out, he “was not the sharpest pencil in the box,” but he persevered with the support of professors and classmates. One of John’s professors encouraged him for an internship as a complex author at Tektronix in Vancouver, WA the summer months after his junior yr. That internship not only assured him a career after graduation, but the corporation also compensated for his senior yr of higher education. John feels that Oregon Tech’s robust track record served that develop into a fact.

Immediately after graduating from Oregon Tech in 1985, John labored at Tektronix for a year and begun his master’s degree in Computer system Engineering at the only institution presenting graduate levels in personal computer science at the time, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Know-how (portion of the OHSU educational program). Many OIT alumni went by means of the graduate plan jointly at the same time. Fellow Oregon Tech alumnus John Keith was working at Intel at the time. As a result of this connection, Intel hired John as a computer software technician to perform on a collaborative project termed the Gemini Challenge involving Intel and Siemens, performing groundbreaking operate, building a totally new fault-tolerant laptop or computer program. Soon after that challenge, John transferred to Sequent Computers as a firmware engineer prior to returning to Intel. He credits his alumni connections at Intel for the option to return, this time as a components engineer on the initial era memory controller for the P6 (Pentium Professional) processor.

A few many years later, John was recruited to operate on a new venture at Intel, building the USB, one thing he has worked on for numerous many years. John’s work on the USB has acquired him many patents. His support with the marketplace consortium that worked on the USB (Intel and 6 other organizations) supplied him encounter with technical management of industry specifications functioning teams. He collaborated with prime-notch laptop or computer architects from throughout the field on USB components and computer software, led workgroups, created processes all around fairness and voting, and more. John has been fortunate to contribute to all generations of USB (they are up to USB4 now). John made the components/computer software interfaces for the initially two generations of USB host controller (UHCI and EHCI) and was the complex direct for the software package stack for the initially commercially out there USB products primarily based on the UHCI. John also co-led the software program group building the USB compliance instruments. He was the guide architect for Accredited Wireless USB and designed the protocol architecture utilized in the definition for Media-Agnostic USB. For USB 3., John authored the architecture chapter in the specification and transitioned to a mentor purpose for the technical workgroups and proceeds to take part in USB linked requirements actions.  

Now, John performs on input/output (I/O) tasks as an I/O Architect for Intel. As a senior technical leader, he enjoys paying out about a 3rd of his time mentoring junior engineers. When describing his colleagues and the initiatives he is effective on, he states, “I just cannot feel I get compensated for accomplishing this! It’s just pleasurable!” When John acknowledges the troubles and understanding curves throughout the many years, he also thoroughly enjoys the course of action. He ponders the strategy of training after retirement in this discipline that he enjoys so a lot.

When not doing the job, which is rarely, John enjoys paying out time with his spouse, Oregon Tech Civil Engineering alumna Kim Roske ‘85, and their collegiate son and daughter. He advises Oregon Tech learners that “hard get the job done and integrity choose you a lengthy way in the industry.” He also explains that “every work that I have experienced in my occupation has been either specifically or indirectly attributed to alumni from OIT. Alums are extremely significant!”

In recognition of his accomplishments developing the USB, John was recently awarded the 2022 Scientific Achievement award at Oregon Tech. Congrats to John! We are happy to phone you and your wife alumni of Oregon Tech.

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