Renowned aerospace educator, researcher to address Texas Exes

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Dr. Wallace Fowler, a retired professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Austin who taught generations of students for 51 years, will keynote the Amarillo Texas Exes’ annual Texas Independence Day celebration and scholarship dinner on Friday, March 2.

The event is organized by alumni of the University of Texas at Austin to raise money for scholarships for Amarillo and Canyon high school seniors planning to enroll at the University of Texas at Austin. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at Abuelo’s Party Room, 3501 W. 45th Ave. in Amarillo.

Fowler, who held the Paul D. & Betty Robertson Meek Centennial Professorship in Engineering, retired in 2017. His research in orbital mechanics focused on spacecraft design and modeling and planetary exploration systems. Throughout his career, he served as associate director and director of the NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium, published more than 50 articles, and co-authored three books.

Fowler received many prestigious awards during his academic career for his excellence in teaching and involvement with student progress. Among them are a UT Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award in 1991, induction into the UT Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 1997, a University of Texas Women in Engineering Advocate Award in 2007 and a University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010. He is a Fellow of both the ASEE and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

“Dr. Fowler is not only a world-class instructor and researcher but a favorite among his students over his many years of teaching because of his personal, hands-on approach,” said Brian Hudson, president of the Amarillo Chapter of Texas Exes and a former student of Fowler’s. “We are so grateful he is choosing to spend time with us as we seek to help future Longhorns realize their dream of a UT education.”

While the event is organized to fund UT-Austin scholarships, the Amarillo Texas Exes welcome anyone who is interested in hearing Fowler speak and to celebrate Texas Independence Day with fellow Texans. Admission cost is $65, and tickets can be purchased early at www.amarillotxextid2018.eventbrite.com. RSVPs should be made by emailing Hudson at brian.t.hudson@gmail.com

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