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Scott Howard

Scott Howard

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

Associate Professor
College of Engineering

Associate Professor
Bioengineering Graduate Program

Graduate (2003)
College of Engineering

Graduate (2003)
Department of Electrical Engineering


Phone: 574-631-2570

Office: 262 Fitzpatrick Hall


Ph.D., Princeton University, 2008

B.S., EE University of Notre Dame, 2003


Prof. Howard attended Notre Dame as an undergraduate and received his BSEE from the electrical engineering department. Following graduation in 2008, Scott attended graduate school at Princeton where he studied the design, fabrication, and characterization of "quantum cascade lasers" -- tunable mid-infrared semiconductor injection lasers that emit at wavelengths between ~4-12 microns. Dr. Howard worked as a post doctoral research associate in Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University from 2008-2011. There he worked on medical imaging technologies that used non-linear optics to see 3D microscopic images in living tissue without having to take a biopsy. Scott has been at Notre Dame since 2011 where he teaches in the Department of Electrical Engineering and leads an interdisciplinary research group in advanced imaging techniques. His work is supported by the NSF, DHS, and USDA. in 2016, Prof. Howard was awarded an NSF CAREER award.

At Notre Dame, Dr. Howard leads a research group that is finding ways to image chemical information in complex environments (such as biomedical and trace explosive detection applications) that exceeds the limitations of current techniques. The Howard Research Group has developed microscope platforms that combine "multiphoton microscopy" and "fluorescence lifetime imaging" in novel ways to quantitatively image 3D microscopic chemical concentrations in living tissue faster than theoretically possible by conventional commercial techniques, and has started extending this work to improved optical resolution and depth of penetration in tissue. His group also works on combining advanced imaging technology with mid-infrared semiconductor lasers to image trace residues of explosives in a low-cost, field portable platform.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Research Interests: Prof. Howard's research focuses on how the interaction of photons and tissue can be used to aid diagnosis and fundamental research in biological fields. The group's work thus spans optoelectronic device development (e.g. QCLs) to be used as sources in systems, technique development (e.g. overcoming fundamental limitations to speed/sensitivity, resolution,and depth of MPM-FLIM), contrast agent development (e.g. encapsulation of chemically-sensitive nonlinear optical dyes for biocompatibility)


Open-Source Application Creates Super-Resolution Images of Cell Development in Living Animals

March 5, 2019

A new tool may allow researchers to see more of the physiological state of living organisms at the cellular level, according to a study by the University of Notre Dame, involving the research of NDEE professor Scott Howard and graduate student Yide Zhang

Graduate student receives Jenlab Young Investigator Award

February 18, 2019

Earlier this month Department of Electrical Engineering graduate student Yide Zhang was awarded the JenLab Young Investigator Award at the International Society for Optics and Photonics West (SPIE BIOS) conference in San Francisco.

Zhang receives Young Investigator Award

February 15, 2019

NDEE graduate student Yide Zhang, advised by professor Scott Howard, was awarded the JenLabs Young Investigator Award at the International Society for Optics and Photonics West. It is the largest biophotonics, biomedical optics, and imaging conference in the world, receiving thousands of submissions each year.

NDEE Faculty and Alumnus Obtain Quilt Packaging Patent

November 27, 2018

NDEE founded start-up company, Indiana Integrated Circuits (IIC) has obtained its thirteenth patent related to their Quilt Packaging technology. NDEE faculty researchers/inventors associated with IIC are Gary Bernstein, Patrick Fay and Wolfgang Porod. This particular patent was a result of the joint efforts of NDEE professors Scott Howard, Doug Hall, Anthony Hoffman and Gary Bernstein.

K.I.S.S.: A "Simple" Solution to a Common Situation

April 5, 2018

Most people recognize “K.I.S.S.” as an acronym for “Keep it simple, silly” – a warning about the cost of sophistication with origins in military hardware. Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) graduate student, Yide Zhang, has found it’s a practice that has served his research as well.