Howard is a 1987 Graduate of Clemson University, where he received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. He has over 27 years experience in protection, control and automation in utility transmission and distribution systems.
He spent his first 12 years of his career as a Substation Relay, Protection and Control Engineer for Santee Cooper. Howard was involved in Engineering, Operations, maintenance and Design of Transmission, Distribution, and Generation substations while at Santee Cooper.
Howard has worked the next 15 years as both an Engineering Manager for Substation Automation Systems and Product Manager for Transmission and Distribution Automation Products. Howard has participated in large utility and industrial protection and automation projects involving modern numerical microprocessor protection devices and high-end substation automation products.
Howard has experience in delivery of systems using both DNP and IEC61850. He has been active in CUEPRA, IEEE, UCA, and DNP users groups. He is currently the Program Manager for ABB’s Distribution Automation Smart Grid Center of Excellence. Howard is responsible for helping close the product gaps through R&D and product development in ABB’s DA Smart Grid Portfolio. Howard is presently a member of SGIP.