The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
David A. Howe, NIST and Colorado University Professional Research Advisor, from Boulder, Colorado, USA has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to global time synchronization. Over 33 years ago in NIST’s Time Dissemination Research Group, Howe developed and advanced what is called “two-way satellite time transfer” (TWSTT). TWSTT was over 100 times better than GPS’ best capabilities at that time and so was, and still is, adopted as the calibration and assurance for GPS signal timing and integrity during the ensuing 3-1/2 decades of GPS developments and upgrades. The original technical scheme was recommended and adopted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Standards Working Group 7 in Geneva in 1991. In 1993, TWSTT became the standard method of worldwide realization of coordinated time, or UTC.