Roger T. Howe is the William E. Ayer Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, as well as the Faculty Director of the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility. He earned a B.S. degree in physics from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981 and 1984. After faculty positions at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1984-1985 and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1985-1987, he returned to Berkeley where he was a Professor until 2005.
His research interests include micro electromechanical system (MEMS) design, micro/nanomachining processes, and self-assembly processes. A major focus of his research from the early 1980s until recently was technologies for integrated microsystems, which incorporate both silicon integrated circuits and micromechanical structrures. Recently, his research has shifted to nano electromechanical systems (NEMS), for applications ranging from chemical sensors to relays and logic devices. Prof. Howe has made contributions to the design of MEMS accelerometers, gyroscopes, electrostatic actuators, and microresonators. He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1996, was co-recipient of the 1998 IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award, was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005, and was co-recipient of the inaugural IEEE Robert Bosch Micro and Nano Electromechanical Systems Award in 2015 for his contributions to MEMS processes, devices, and systems. He was a co-founder of Silicon Clocks, Inc., a start-up company that commercialized poly-SiGe integrated MEMS-on-CMOS for timing applications, which was acquired by Silicon Laboratories, Inc., in April 2010.
In December 2009, he became the Faculty Director of the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility. In February 2011, became the Stanford Site Director of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) and in September 2011, he became Director of the NNIN.