Michigan alumnus Tim Howes (BSE Aero ’85, MSE PhD CSE ’87 ’96) has been selected by the College of Engineering for the Arbor Networks PhD Research Impact Award. Dr. Howes gave a lecture at the 2016 Engineering Graduate Symposium on North Campus on November 11, 2016.
Dr. Howes’ doctoral research focused on Internet directory services, and he co-invented LDAP, the Internet directory protocol, while a graduate student at U-M. Howes left Ann Arbor for Silicon Valley after his Ph.D., where he became CTO of Netscape’s server products division and a Netscape Fellow.
Howes co-founded Opsware in 1999 (when it was called Loudcloud), where he served as CTO, President of Product Operations, and EVP of Engineering. Opsware was sold to HP in 2007 for $1.65B. He served as CTO of HP Software and then left to co-found Rockmelt, which was sold to Yahoo in 2013. He served as VP Engineering of Yahoo’s Mobile and Emerging Products division through the end of 2014. Dr. Howes currently serves as CTO of ClearStory Data, a leading provider of cloud-based fast-cycle big data analytics, and as co-CEO of Know Yourself, a public benefit corporation he co-founded with his wife, dedicated to making Self Literacy as fundamental to early education as the ABCs and 123s.
He has co-authored two books, over 20 Internet RFCs, and holds numerous patents. He has served on the IETF’s Internet Architecture Board, and the board of directors of several public, private, for- and non-profit companies. He lives in California with his super beautiful, busy, and important wife, two amazing daughters, five dogs, and a menagerie of other animals.
About the Award: The Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Lecture and Award serves to highlight the diverse ways in which our CoE alumni have had societal impact. Research with a greater purpose and the potential to benefit many is a core underlying principle of this award.