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  • Image Caption Title #1: Concrete-Polymer Materials
  • Image Caption #1: Fowler’s research and pioneering development in the field of polymer materials has been integral to its widespread applications in bridge, structures and pavement systems. He was worked extensively with repair materials, repair of concrete pavements and bridge decks, bonded concrete overlays, and aggregates in concrete.
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  • Image Caption Title #2: Big Dig Engineering Failure - Boston, Massachusetts
  • Image Caption #2: Fowler has lectured around the world on forensic engineering and has developed an internationally recognized annual short course on the subject. He has shared his case studies on the Big Dig Ceiling Panel Failure with countless engineers to prevent such mistakes in the future.

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David W. Fowler

Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, 1964
M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1962
B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1960

David Fowler has many years of experience in teaching, research and consulting. He served the department for more than five decades. From the beginning, he has consistently performed above and beyond the expectations of a faculty member for teaching, research and service. His induction into the National Academy of Engineering in 1998 formally recognized his indelible influence on the professional community.

Fowler’s breadth of research includes his work in manufactured housing structures, his pioneering work in polymer concrete and polymer-impregnated concrete, and his more recent activities in aggregates.

His research and technical development in the field of polymer materials has been integral to its widespread applications in bridge, structures, and pavement systems. He served as the first president of the International Congress for Polymers in Concrete. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the University’s International Center for Aggregates Research, which has brought widespread recognition to UT, and he has served as the center’s director since its founding in 1992.

He has received many prestigious awards and recognitions, including the American Concrete Institute’s Delmar Bloem Award and Robert Phileo Award. He is a Fellow in both the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was the first non-Russian named to the Russian Academy of Engineering in 1992 and was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 1998.

In addition to his contributions to the world of engineering, Dr. Fowler is an active member of the UT community. He is a past member of the University Faculty Advisory Building Committee. He has served on the UT Women’s and Men’s Athletic Councils and currently serves as Chair of the Men’s Council, He has completed terms on the University Co-Op Board of Directors and the University Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.