David Fowler

David Fowler

B.S.A.E. ‘60, M.S.A.E. ‘62
Professor of Architectural Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

As a distinguished architectural engineer, Dr. David Fowler has made numerous contributions to his profession and to the educational development of young engineers.

Fowler began his own education at The University of Texas at Austin earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architectural engineering. He joined the College’s civil engineering faculty in 1964 after completing a doctorate in that area at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Since then, he has earned an international reputation for developing stronger, more durable materials for bridges, and for his exemplary leadership in civil engineering and as an educator.   In 1998 he earned the engineering profession’s highest honor when elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his “development and application of concrete-polymer materials.”

Fowler holds the Joe J. King Chair in Engineering and the T. U. Taylor Professorship, and directs the university’s International Center for Aggregates Research. He teaches undergraduates and graduates about materials, concrete repair, forensic engineering and the design of concrete structures. His teaching skills have led to outstanding teacher awards from the College and the university, including selection in 2000 as a member of the university’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

In research, his areas of expertise include the use of polymer concretes for repair applications, the use of concrete sealers, and the use of intelligent polymer concrete. In addition, he serves as a consultant to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, construction companies and others. Some of that consulting work has involved designing and building bridges and buildings.

Fowler’s professional activities include serving on the American Concrete Institute’s board of directors and as chair of several of its committees. Among his professional honors are being named the first non-Russian to become an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Engineering, and serving as first president of the International Congress on Polymers in Concrete.

At the university, Fowler has been a member of the Intercollegiate Athletic Council for both men and women, and of the Faculty Advisory Building Committee. He co-chaired the D.K. Royal Memorial Stadium expansion and renovation effort. He also has served as chairman of the College’s Awards Committee and is a Friend of Alec.

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