Bio


John Howard, P.E. has twenty-five years of progressive design and leadership experience in product development and industrialization spanning the medical and consumer industries. John currently heads the Advanced Materials and Accessories Development teams at Lab 126. As VP R&D at start-up Intuity Medical, John led the late stage development of a novel glucometer for the monitoring of diabetes. At Nektar John held roles as Vice President Device Manufacturing and Principal Fellow for Drug Delivery Systems. In these roles he led the development and packaging organization responsible for Nektar’s proprietary drug delivery systems including the commercial development and industrialization of pulmonary combination product devices used in the treatment of COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Glaucoma, Ventilator Aspergillus-induced VAP, and inhaled insulin. Prior to Nektar, John worked at Apple Computer leading multiple Product Design teams in the development of desktop and notebook computers. John received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master’s in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University, where he is an Associate Professor-Consulting in the Mechanical Engineering Design Group. In addition to advising tech companies on product development, John sits on San Francisco State University’s Engineering Advisory Board.

Academic Appointments


  • Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Professional Education


  • MS, Stanford University, Manufacturing Systems Engineering (1988)
  • BS, Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering (1982)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Advanced Materials for Medical Devices and Consumer Electronics
Consumer and Patient used device design

2014-15 Courses


All Publications


  • AUTOMATIC TREND ANALYSIS IN AN ONLINE CONDITION MONITORING DEVICE FOR INTERMITTENTLY OPERATED ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS PROCEEDINGS ANNUAL RELIABILITY AND MAINTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM BARKAN, P., Howard, J. 1989: 458-464