Howell receives King Achievement Award

     Dr. John R. Howell, associate dean of research at the College of Engineering and the Baker-Hughes Centennial Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has been chosen as the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award winner for 1998. The awards convocation was Feb. 25 at the Connally Banquet Hall in the Lila B. Etter Alumni Center.

     The King award, one of the most prestigious UT engineering faculty honors, was established in 1976 to recognize engineering faculty who have shown exemplary leadership in the engineering profession. Although not of primary importance, excellence in teaching and research is also considered in the selection. A cash gift of $2,500 comes with the award.

     Dr. Howell's research centers on controlling temperature and energy. Much of his present work consists of developing fast and accurate computer models of energy devices such as industrial furnaces and semiconductor manufacturing processes. In particular, he is developing computer tools to aid designers of these processes. He has three textbooks to his credit, as well as more than 200 articles, papers and research reports.

     The King award recipient is asked to prepare an original paper on a subject relevant to engineering practice. The title of Dr. Howell's paper is “Engineers: Some History, Some Observations, and a Look to the Future.”

     Dr. Howell recently chaired UT's mechanical engineering department (1986-90) and was director of the Center for Energy Studies (1989-92). He was program director of the Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing Program for the National Science Foundation in 1994-95. His career also includes working at the NASA Lewis Research Center as a researcher and as a professor at the University of Houston.