Howard Mende has worked in engineering since the 1970s, after graduating from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He joined Rockwell International, where he remained until the mid-1980s. During that time, Mr. Mende also received a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California in 1975. In the 1980s, he began his career with Defense Contracts Management West, where he remains to this day.
In addition to his career in engineering, Mr. Mende has also educated others in the field at Pacific State University. Throughout the years, he has maintained affiliation with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was inspired to become an engineer as his father was a mechanic. He also considers his academic training professors as keys to his success. These professors provided him with advice while challenging him and helping him build his fundamentals.
Mr. Mende maintains that there is no crowning achievement or something that is a highlight in his career which stands out for him, as he believes all of his work is important. He still sees a lot of good and important work in his future. Mr. Mende is proud of his choices in his career, especially in the case of attending university. While matriculating, he carried a value-oriented manner that aided him to go about his academic training with the realization of the importance of why he did certain things. This clarity was important in his evaluations and why he chose technical pursuits as it appealed to him as a more effective and efficient manner. The technical aspect of engineering is based on a technical methodology technique.
As Mr. Mende begins to look at the future beyond his career, he hopes to be remembered by his peers as an individual who was part of the group effort and one who always came to the table with positive input. Throughout his career, Mr. Mende has endeavored to accomplish his tasks and come up with results to integrate with others results.