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Howard Gobstein

Howard Gobstein
Executive Vice President


  • March 2, 2015
  • Howard Gobstein discusses the MTE-Partnership on the panel:  Launching Improvement Networks:  A Framework for Getting Started at the 2nd Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education March 3 in San Francisco, CA.

As Executive Vice President of APLU, Howard Gobstein is responsible for research policy and STEM education – with their affiliated groups and portfolio of funded projects. He also contributes to overall association planning and management. 

His past positions include Associate Vice President for Governmental Affairs and Director of Federal Relations at Michigan State University, Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Science and Technology in the Executive Office of the President, Vice President and Senior Program Officer at the Association of American Universities and Director of Federal Relations for Research at the University of Michigan.

Gobstein spent the first 11 years of his career designing and leading evaluations of government science programs and policies with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He was named the distinguished alumni of 2010 by the Purdue School of Engineering Education and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering at Purdue University and a Master's degree in Science, Technology, and Public Policy at George Washington University.