The J. Mike Walker '66 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 Mr. Donald W. Fowler '66 and Dr. Joe R. Fowler '68.

Past speakers of the Fowler Series include:

  • Dr. David Wisler, General Electric Aircraft Engines
  • Dr. J. Karl Hedrick, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dr. C. Tom Bowman, Stanford University
  • Dr. J. Tinsley Oden, The University of Texas Austin
  • Dr. William Johnson, California Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Ben Zinn, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. John A. Rogers, University of Illionis at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Joesph J. Beaman, The University of Texas at Austin

Mr. 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.

Mr. Fowler 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, he holds several U.S. and foreign patents related to the transportation of compressed natural gas. 

Dr. Joe Fowler ‘68 is president and co-founder of Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

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. Dr. Fowler is a former member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Industry 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.