Robert Howard

NASA JSC, Habitability Design Center Manager

Dr. Robert Howard has a Bachelor of Science in General Science from Morehouse College and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with a focus in Human Factors from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in Spacecraft Engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute. He also holds a certificate in Human Systems Integration from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a graduate of the NASA Space Systems Engineering Development Program.

Dr. Howard is the lab manager for NASA’s Habitability Design Center at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. He leads a team of architects, industrial designers, engineers and usability experts to develop and evaluate concepts for spacecraft cabin and cockpit configurations. He has served on design teams for several NASA spacecraft study teams including the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Orion Capsule Parachute Assembly System, Altair Lunar Lander, Lunar Electric Rover / Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle, Deep Space Habitat, Waypoint Spacecraft, Exploration Augmentation Module, Asteroid Retrieval Utilization Mission, Mars Ascent Vehicle, Mars Transit Habitat, Deep Space Gateway, as well as Mars surface and Phobos mission studies.