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Woodie Flowers

Dr. Woodie Flowers is the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received a B.S. from Louisiana Tech University and S.M., M.E. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT. Prof. Flowers is a Distinguished Partner and member of The President’s Council at Olin College of Engineering. He helped create MIT’s renowned course “Introduction to Design”. Dr. Flowers also received national recognition in his role as host for the PBS television series Scientific American Frontiers from 1990 to 1993 and received a New England EMMY Award for a special PBS program on design.  

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. He has received three honorary doctorates. He received the Tower Medallion and Outstanding Alumnus of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Louisiana Tech. He is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT for extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education. He was also the Inaugural Recipient of The Woodie Flowers Award by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). He recently received the Edward F. Church Medal and the Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award from ASME.  

Currently, Dr. Flowers is a director of two companies and advisor to three others. He is National Advisor and Chairman of the Executive Advisor Board for FIRST. He and his wife Margaret live in Weston, Massachusetts.