Isaac L. Howard, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a construction engineer, consultant, and stalwart academician, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Over his career, Howard has worked with a variety of construction materials, the majority of his efforts being related to asphalt paving and chemically stabilized soil. He has also worked with such building materials as fiber-reinforced polymers, concrete, and wood. His experience has made possible his guidance of over 100 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students in research activities, and produced, as co-author, over 100 peer-reviewed papers. Currently he oversees the Construction Materials Research Center at Mississippi State University (MSU), where several groups (industry and agency) actively participate.
Howard has served as a consultant for geotechnical and paving applications, has taught over 4,000 student credit hours at the university level, has served or is serving as principal investigator for 25 externally funded research projects, and has worked or is working on several other externally funded research efforts either as a project team member or through research center programs, where his responsibilities range from project team member to task/topic leader. He has also given over 75 presentations at a variety of events nationwide, had a leadership role in a successful fundraising campaign, served as a peer reviewer for over 100 documents, and helped lead multiple technology transfer activities for practitioners.
Since his student membership in ASCE in 2000, he has been active within the Society in a variety of ways, including as a student chapter faculty advisor and through the Geo-Institute’s pavements committee. His body of work has been recognized with honors or awards from ASCE, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT), the Slag Cement Association, and the Transportation Research Board.
Howard is an Endowed Chair at MSU, a member of the Bagley College of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers, on the editorial panels/boards of Ground Improvement and AAPT’s journal, and the incoming chair of TRB’s AFK10 Committee on Critical Issues and Emerging Technologies in Asphalt.
He studied civil engineering at Arkansas State University, West Virginia University, and the University of Arkansas, graduating with bachelor, master’s, and doctoral degrees between 2001 and 2006.