Dr. Howard is a team builder of innovative R&D groups engaged in inorganic chemicals and materials development, and currently consults within the battery and chemical industries, focusing on Li-ion technology, primarily for entrepreneurial and expanding companies in the early stages of product commercialization. His extensive employment history includes Director-Principal Scientist offices at Boston-Power, Sr. Manager-Scientist positions in R&D with Kerr-McGee Stored Power and Cyprus Foote Minerals, as well as a successful competitor in SBIR grant programs while at Covalent Associates. Dr. Howard served as a high-level technical resource for and liaison between US headquarters (QC, Development, and Marketing teams) and manufacturing teams in Canada and China/Taiwan. In prior positions, Dr. Howard was the principal investigator and R&D program manager for the development of lithium chemicals for battery and other industrial usages. His scientific success is documented in 8 issued patents, over 50 papers in refereed and trade journals, more than 50 conference presentations, and $1 million+ in government grants from competitive programs. Dr. Howard is a University of Vermont graduate, received his MS from the University of Virginia, and earned his Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Rhode Island. He is a member of The Electrochemical Society and the American Chemical Society.