Dr. Michael W. Howard
Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
Electric Power Research Institute
Monday, July 10, 2023
Crowne Plaza Hotel
401 W Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville
Price for buffet lunch is $15 (includes complimentary parking in the hotel garage).
If you choose not to eat, a charge of $7 will cover parking and event arrangements.
The formal meeting begins at 11:55 a.m.
Dr. Howard is an energy executive who combines business acumen with deep technical expertise and in-depth electric utility experience. He has over forty years of results-driven global experience with a bias toward collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation in organizations ranging from start-ups to large public companies.
Most recently, Dr. Howard served for ten years as the CEO of EPRI, a $440 million global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with several U.S. and international offices. EPRI develops technology innovations encompassing the production, delivery, and use of electricity, including nuclear power, renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles, with a mission to ensure reliable, affordable, and cleaner electricity for society.
Dr. Howard started his career with Westinghouse after receiving his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tennessee. He was chosen for a four-year management trainee program at Westinghouse while receiving his M.S. in Business and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Howard received his Ph.D. from The University of Tennessee, College of Engineering. His dissertation research focused on advanced artificial intelligence.
After ten years of experience with Westinghouse and its subsidiary, Dr. Howard co-founded a technology company that provided advanced image processing systems for automated microscopic material and biological analysis. After three years, the company merged with an affiliated company to create a roll-up with related companies.
Following the merger, Dr. Howard joined a venture capital company providing equity and debt investment to early-stage technology companies while also serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, teaching a variety of master's and Ph.D. courses in Industrial Engineering.
From the mid to late 90s, Dr. Howard was president and CEO of a technology-based power electronics technology company providing end-use power quality solutions for large industrial customers and electric utility companies.
EPRI acquired the business in 1999. Following the acquisition, Dr. Howard served in several EPRI leadership roles before EPRI's Board of Directors selected him as its President and CEO in 2010. He retired as CEO at the end of 2020, and the Board of Directors then appointed Dr. Howard as its CEO Emeritus.
Dr. Howard serves on the Board of Directors of three technology-based, energy-focused companies.
He also serves on the Carnegie Mellon University's Scott Institute advisory council, is Chair of the World Energy Council headquartered in London and is a Senior Fellow for the Rome-based Enel Foundation.
Dr. Howard recently served on a technical committee of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences. In 2019, Dr. Howard was awarded the Distinguished Energy Award in Washington, D.C., for lifetime contributions to providing technical innovations and leadership to global energy issues. Dr. Howard is an active IEEE and National Association of Corporate Directors member.