Alumni Highlight: John Howard, Laptop Tool Engineering Era

Alumni Highlight: John Howard, Laptop Tool Engineering Era


Oregon local John Howard went from being a disinterested math pupil to taking part in an crucial function in developing the USB (Common Serial Bus), attributing a lot of his occupation alternatives to his reference to Oregon Tech. John grew up in Beatty, Oregon, a small the city east of Klamath Falls. As a pupil at Bonanza Top College, John used to be a mean pupil. He and his brothers have been extra inquisitive about taking part in sports activities, so proper out of highschool, John enrolled at Oregon Tech to play soccer. After twelve months on the Klamath Falls campus, he spotted maximum of his buddies have been operating, getting cash, purchasing vehicles, and doing the issues John sought after to be doing. John left college and joined his high-school buddies operating for a logging railroad for a couple of years. When the logging business skilled monetary problems, even though, John turned into unsatisfied with the evolution to “part-time” employment. John returned to university, influenced by means of a chum who used to be graduating from the pc sciences division at Oregon Tech. That pal used to be Calvin Caldwell, who turned into a professor at Oregon Tech and nonetheless teaches there as of late!

John returned to Oregon Tech at age 21 and enrolled within the Laptop Tool Engineering Era program. After his smash from school, the primary couple of phrases have been tough, however John used to be decided to focal point and reconnect. As John jokingly explains, he “used to be now not the sharpest pencil within the field,” however he persisted with the assistance of professors and classmates. Certainly one of John’s professors advisable him for an internship as a technical creator at Tektronix in Vancouver, WA the summer season after his junior 12 months. That internship now not handiest assured him a task after commencement, however the corporate additionally paid for his senior 12 months of school. John feels that Oregon Tech’s robust popularity helped that transform a fact.

After graduating from Oregon Tech in 1985, John labored at Tektronix for a 12 months and began his grasp’s level in Laptop Engineering on the handiest establishment providing graduate levels in pc science on the time, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Era (a part of the OHSU tutorial machine). Many OIT alumni went during the graduate program in combination on the identical time. Fellow Oregon Tech alumnus John Keith used to be operating at Intel on the time. Via this connection, Intel employed John as a device technician to paintings on a collaborative venture known as the Gemini Mission between Intel and Siemens, doing groundbreaking paintings, developing an absolutely new fault-tolerant pc machine. After that venture, John transferred to Sequent Computer systems as a firmware engineer prior to returning to Intel. He credit his alumni connections at Intel for the chance to go back, this time as a {hardware} engineer at the first technology reminiscence controller for the P6 (Pentium Professional) processor.

A couple of years later, John used to be recruited to paintings on a brand new venture at Intel, growing the USB, one thing he has labored on for a few years. John’s paintings at the USB has earned him many patents. His provider with the business consortium that labored at the USB (Intel and 6 different corporations) supplied him revel in with technical management of business requirements operating teams. He collaborated with top-notch pc architects from around the business on USB {hardware} and device, led workgroups, created processes round equity and balloting, and extra. John has been lucky to give a contribution to all generations of USB (they’re as much as USB4 now). John designed the {hardware}/device interfaces for the primary two generations of USB host controller (UHCI and EHCI) and used to be the technical lead for the device stack for the primary commercially to be had USB merchandise according to the UHCI. John additionally co-led the device crew growing the USB compliance equipment. He used to be the lead architect for Qualified Wi-fi USB and evolved the protocol structure used within the definition for Media-Agnostic USB. For USB 3.0, John authored the structure bankruptcy within the specification and transitioned to a mentor function for the technical workgroups and continues to take part in USB comparable requirements actions.  

These days, John works on enter/output (I/O) initiatives as an I/O Architect for Intel. As a senior technical chief, he enjoys spending a few 3rd of his time mentoring junior engineers. When describing his colleagues and the initiatives he works on, he says, “I will be able to’t consider I am getting paid for doing this! It’s simply a laugh!” Whilst John recognizes the demanding situations and finding out curves all the way through the years, he additionally totally enjoys the method. He ponders the speculation of training after retirement on this box that he enjoys such a lot.

When now not operating, which is seldom, John enjoys spending time along with his spouse, Oregon Tech Civil Engineering alumna Kim Roske ‘85, and their collegiate son and daughter. He advises Oregon Tech scholars that “onerous paintings and integrity take you far within the business.” He additionally explains that “each and every process that I’ve had in my occupation has been both immediately or not directly attributed to alumni from OIT. Alums are essential!”

In popularity of his accomplishments growing the USB, John used to be lately awarded the 2022 Clinical Success award at Oregon Tech. Congrats to John! We’re proud to name you and your spouse alumni of Oregon Tech.