Bruce M. Howe received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and engineering science, respectively, in 1978 from Stanford University and the Ph.D. degree in oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, in 1986. From 1986 to 2008 he worked at the Applied Physics Laboratory and is presently Professor and Chair of the Ocean and Resources Engineering Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
While at Stanford University, he developed laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV) instrumentation for air-sea interaction experiments. From 1979 to 1981, he was a Research Associate with the Institut für Hydromechanik, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany, working on long-range LDVs for use in the atmospheric boundary layer. While at the Scripps and since, he has worked on many ocean acoustic tomography projects, including Moving Ship Tomography, Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate (ATOC) and the North Pacific Acoustic Laboratory (NPAL). Howe helped establish on-going Ocean Observatories efforts, and is working on fixed infrastructure (e.g., cable systems and moorings), mobile platforms (e.g., gliders as navigation/communications nodes and acoustic receivers), and hybrids (e.g., moored vertical profilers). A long-term goal is to integrate acoustics systems in ocean observing for navigation, communications, timing, and science applications.