During Howe’s tenure from June 1970 to the present at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; formerly National Bureau of Standards), he served as a physicist and mathematician in the Time and Frequency Division, specifically in four groups, the Atomic Time Standards, Dissemination Research and Services, Frequency Standards Research, and Time and Frequency Metrology groups. The Time and Frequency Division provides the basic standards for the U.S. in the areas of frequency, time, time interval, and length. These standards are coordinated both nationally and internationally to insure compatibility of measurements. The Division maintains primary cesium beam frequency standards; undertakes research and development on new and improved standards and measurement methods; extends related, accurate measurements to other derived standards throughout the electromagnetic spectrum; actively compares the NIST standards with others, both nationally and internationally; and provides access to the standards via various dissemination services. In his role as Group leader for 18 years, his comprehensive metrology skills and knowledge are sought by many agencies in applied projects related to problems of national interest and to highest-precision timing applications for industry and government. Throughout his career he has received innumerable invitations to speak at conferences and symposia leading to nomination and receipt of Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Society, the world’s largest electronic society.
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