Kenneth C. Howden is the director of 21CTP, an R&D partnership with commercial truck manufacturers, major suppliers and four federal agencies in the Vehicle Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. He also manages Class-8 tractor-trailer development under SuperTruck 2, a five-year $200M government-Industry co-funded initiative with five OEM-led teams. In the light-duty area, he manages cooperative research agreements in advanced light- and medium-duty engine development with the USCAR OEM partners. He serves on the SAE executive planning committees for the North American International Propulsion and Commercial Vehicle conferences and is a member and former co-chair of the USDRIVE Advanced Combustion and Emission Control Tech Team.
As a project leader with U.S. Army, Mr. Howden managed a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers in the successful accelerated development, testing, production, and deployment of HEMMT heavy-duty tactical vehicles with integrated power units for the PATRIOT Missile System. As a member of two NATO working groups, he also developed thermal infrared and millimeter wave countermeasures for tactical vehicles. He holds a BSME from Virginia Tech and an MEA from George Washington University.