Student Engineers’ Council endows engineering scholarship in honor of Dr. Jo Howze

Photo of Dr. Jo HowzeTexas A&M University’s Student Engineers’ Council (SEC) has parlayed a sizeable gift to honor electrical engineering professor Dr. Jo Howze (pictured) with an undergraduate scholarship endowed in his name. 

Nearly a decade as the primary advisor to the council, Howze's selfless service to the entire engineering student body and support he gave to the engineering college motivated the SEC to establish the Dr. Jo Howze Engineering Excellence Award, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation. 

Upon Howze’s retirement, SEC representatives said the organization wanted to give back and honor Howze, who taught hundreds of Aggies while serving on the electrical engineering faculty at Texas A&M. His teaching style presented complex engineering concepts in a manner making those concepts understandable and practical. Howze was truly a students’ professor. 

“The reasons for our endowment of a scholarship in his honor are due to his years of service not only to SEC but to the entire engineering student body,” said Ryan Haughey ’13, president of the Texas A&M SEC. "Dr. Howze was always a strong advocate for the students in the college, and sought to ensure decisions made by his office or the administration would ultimately better the college’s students."

Howze is a professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M. He came to the university in 1972 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering and later headed the department from 1984 to 1992. He also coordinated the department’s graduate and undergraduate programs. His research interests are in the area of automatic controls and energy systems, including dynamical systems modeling and engineering systems design and design methodologies. Applications include hybrid vehicles, fuel cell energy systems, power electronics, semiconductor processing controls and automotive control systems. Howze is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Sigma Xi, the national scientific research society, and a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Howze holds two bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, all from Rice University. 

Howze also served as the senior associate dean of engineering for the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M and assistant director of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. He was responsible for oversight and new enhancement initiatives associated with the undergraduate and graduate academic programs, including recruitment, retention and enrichment programs, as well as freshman engineering and design across the curriculum. 

The Dr. Jo Howze Engineering Excellence Award was awarded for the first time in Spring 2012 to a full-time electrical engineering undergraduate. Future recipients of the scholarship will possess leadership within the Dwight Look College of Engineering and academic excellence, as well as service and involvement throughout the university. 

The Dwight Look College of Engineering had more than 11,000 undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in Spring 2012. 

The Texas A&M Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University for generations to come.