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James P. Howard II

Senior Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University

I am a scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Previously, I have been a consultant to numerous government agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Executive Office of the President, and the United States Department of Homeland Security, and worked for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as an internal consultant on scientific computing. I am a passionate educator, teaching mathematics and statistics at the University of Maryland Global Campus since 2010, and I have taught public affairs at Baruch College, Central Michigan University, Penn State, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Baltimore.

I am fortunate to play in everyone else’s backyard. My most recent work has modeled the spread of infectious respiratory diseases and Ebolavirus, predicted global disruptive events, researched using blockchain for government services, and created devices for rescuing victims of building collapse. I have written two books on my work and co-edited two more.

In my spare time, I have served Howard County, Maryland, as a member of the Board of Appeals and Charter Review Commission and the Watershed Stewards Academy Advisory Committee of the University of Maryland Extension. Prior volunteer experience also includes providing economic advice to the Columbia Association, establishing an alumni association for the College Park Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, and serving on numerous public and private boards.


  • 2016–present
    Senior Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • 2010–present
    Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland Global Campus
  • 2014–2016
    Adjunct Faculty, University of Baltimore


  • 2021 
    The Johns Hopkins University , MS / Applied and Computational Mathematics
  • 2020 
    University of Maryland Global Campus, BA / East Asian Studies
  • 2019 
    The Johns Hopkins University, MS / Environmental Engineering and Science
  • 2014 
    University of Maryland Baltimore County, PhD / Public Policy
  • 2008 
    University of Baltimore, MPA / Public Policy
  • 2002 
    University of Maryland, College Park, BS / Mathematics


Fellow of the British Computer Society, Fellow of the Cybernetics Society, Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers