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Woodie Flowers

Dr. Woodie Flowers, the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, passed away on October 11, 2019 at the age of 75. He served as a advisor to Olin on its President's Council beginning in September 2012.

At the time of his passing Dr. Flowers was the National Advisor and Chairman of the Executive Advisor Board for FIRST. Additionally, he was 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 received three honorary doctorates, the Tower Medallion and Outstanding Alumnus of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Louisiana Tech, and was 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.  

Dr. Flowers received a B.S. from Louisiana Tech University and S.M., M.E. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT. 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.