During his years of activity at Kent, he was involved in all phases of work with system development tools and methodologies, with a particular focus on adaptation of analysis and design techniques to the client/server environment. He led the design and implementation of a leading-edge university advisement application that ran in a LAN-based SQL-compliant client/server environment, and worked in the area of corporate data architecture migration to client/server systems.
His research has also extensively examined the organizational correlates of innovation in corporate data centers, and he has published this and related work in Decision Sciences, Communications of the ACM, the Journal of Systems Management, The Computer Journal, and other academic journals. He was selected twice as one of the top ten teaching professors at Kent State University, was often chosen as top Freshman Orientation instructor, and has been cited in many other ways for excellence in classroom teaching. Dr. Howard, who holds a PhD in Management Information Systems, is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio, a Certified Flight Instructor, and was active in a number of professional societies in the systems, aviation, and engineering professions.
Prior to coming to Kent he was an electrical engineer and systems development manager at RCA Aerospace, Allegheny Ludlum Steel, Youngstown Sheet and Tube, and in the Federal Aviation Administration. He is also a retired Colonel, having served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. In retirement he resides at his homes on the island of Curacao, Caribbean; in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and in Suffield, Ohio.