The Fowler Distinguished Lecture Series
The Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts the Fowler Distinguished Lecture Series at which nationally recognized engineers and scientists are invited to lecture as part of the graduate department seminar class. The Fowler Distinguished Lectures are endowed by Drs. Don and Joe Fowler. Past speakers of the Fowler Series include Dr. Woodie Flowers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. David Wisler, General Electric Aircraft Engines; Dr. J. Karl Hedrick, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Alan Epstein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. C. Tom Bowman, Stanford University; Dr. J. Tinsley Oden, University of Texas Austin; Dr. William Johnson, California Institute of Technology; Dr. Robert Stengel, Princeton University; and Dr. Ben Zinn, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Don Fowler ‘66 is the owner of Fowler Energy Company, which provides energy cost reduction services to users of electricity, natural gas and wastewater. He is currently a member of the President’s Council of Advisors at Texas A&M.
Don Fowler '66
Don is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the National Energy Services Association, the Gulf Coast Power Association, the Natural Gas and Electric Society of North Texas, the Natural Gas Society of the Permian Basin, the Houston Energy Association and the Electricity Consumers Resource Council. In addition, Don holds several U.S. and foreign patents related to the transportation of compressed natural gas.
Joe Fowler ‘68 is president and co-founder of Stress Engineering Services, Inc.
Joe Fowler '68
With offices in Houston, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Denver and Atlanta, the engineering consulting firm provides design, analysis and testing services to a variety of industries. Joe is a former member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Development and Advisory Council, and is currently serving as chair of the college Engineering Advisory Council. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the Society of Experimental Mechanics and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He holds numerous U.S. patents.