Steven Howell, PhD returned to Pacific as the newest dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science as of June 2013 after serving as Vice Chancellor (President) and Founding Provost at the new Botswana International University of Science and Technology in Gaborone Botswana from June 2010 to June 2013. Dean Howell was a founding member of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of the Pacific in 1983. He then went on to teach at Northern Arizona University as Professor of Mechanical Engineering before becoming Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering and subsequently Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Programs at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield Michigan. In addition to many other academic and non-academic positions, Dean Howell served as a design engineer and consultant for Ford Motor Company, helping to develop a knowledge-based engineering CAD program for the design of automotive air conditioning systems. In 2002, Dean Howell was awarded the Richard Marbuger Outstanding Administrator Award from Lawrence Technological University.
Dean Howell has contributed to over twenty publications and holds two patents, including one for Method of Optimized Design of an HVAC. Dean Howell is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Tau Beta Pi.
Dean Howell's research interests include engineering design and course development. Dean Howell earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1976, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1977, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of British Columbia in 1983.
PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia, 1983
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1977
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1976