Steven Howell, interim president and founding provost of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology in Palapye, Botswana, will become the next dean of Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science in June 2013.
Steven Howell Named Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer ScienceA mechanical engineer whose academic career began at Pacific 1983, Howell brings vast global experience in education and industry to the position
Provost Maria Pallavicini announced today that Steven Howell will become the next dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at University of the Pacific. Howell is currently the interim president and founding provost of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology in Palapye, Botswana. He will begin his new post at Pacific in June 2013.
"Dr. Howell is a distinguished educator with tremendous international and professional experience that will help to position our engineering and computer science grads for continued success," said Pallavicini. "It's a pleasure to welcome him back to Pacific."
Howell's academic career began at Pacific as a founding member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1983. He taught mechanical engineering from 1983 to 1991, rising from assistant to associate professor while developing curriculum and laboratories for the newly created department.
"I am thrilled to complete a full circle in my professional and academic career by returning to Pacific, said Howell. "It has always been a special place to me and I look forward to re-joining such a dedicated and talented group of faculty and staff."
A mechanical engineer with extensive experience in the classroom, in the lab and in industry, Howell has also studied and worked around the world. He graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University, then earned his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in 1983.
Howell has taught at the University of British Columbia, University of the Pacific, the University of Zimbabwe, Northern Arizona University and Lawrence Technological University. He served as associate provost and dean of graduate programs at Lawrence. Howell has also worked as an engineer at the Idaho National Engineering Lab, Ford Motor Company, and Visteon Automotive Systems.
Most recently, in 2010, Howell was named the founding provost of Botswana International University of Science and Technology. The university -- a specialized institution focused on engineering, science and technology -- is only the second university in the country. It was created by an act of parliament in 2005 to stimulate human resource and economic development in Botswana. Since 2011, Howell has been the university's interim president. Under Howell's leadership, the University opened its doors to the founding cohort of students in August 2012 at an interim campus located near Gaborone, the capital of Botswana.
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