Fowler gifts mechanical engineering scholarship at Texas A&M University

Dr. Joe Fowler of Houston, along with family and friends, has gifted an undergraduate scholarship for mechanical engineering students at Texas A&M University.

Their $25,000 gift establishes the William T. (Tom) Asbill ’66 Memorial Scholarship, funded through the Texas A&M Foundation. The scholarship was created in memory of William T. Asbill, director and senior vice president of Stress Engineering Services and Fowler’s business partner. Asbill passed away in October 2011. 

Asbill graduated from Texas A&M, receiving both his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering. He was a member of Squadron 5 in the Corps of Cadets. In 2009, Asbill received the Aggie 100 entrepreneur award. 

“We believe in the importance of education and want to encourage qualified students in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M,” said Fowler, president of Stress Engineering Services.

Fowler received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University. As a student Fowler was active in the international mechanical engineering honor society Pi Tau Sigma, the professional engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi and the American Society of Mechanical engineers (ASME). He received the Hugh Scott Cameron Award for Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Graduate. 

After college Fowler worked two years as a research engineer for Texaco. He then co-founded Stress Engineering Services in 1972 and was named president in 1984. The engineering consulting company is employee-owned and operates one of the nation’s largest materials and failure analysis laboratories with offices in Houston, Cincinnati and New Orleans. 

"Dr. Joe Fowler serves as a wonderful example of how Aggies give back to Texas A&M through their time, talent and resources. We are truly grateful for this most recent gift, which will benefit countless Aggies in the years to come,” said Don Burkelbach, assistant vice president of engineering development with the Texas A&M Foundation.

Texas A&M’s mechanical engineering undergraduate program is ranked 10th among public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Texas A&M Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.