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Mechanical Engineering

Woodie C. Flowers


Headshot of Woodie FlowersIn recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the engineering profession.

Woodie Flowers graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in June 1966 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received an S.M. degree in 1968, an M.E. degree in 1970, and a Ph.D. degree in 1973, all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Flowers is the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a researcher in the Center for Innovation in Product Development at MIT. His current research includes work on the creative design process and product development systems. 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.

Dr. Flowers has received numerous honors for his work as an engineer and educator. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Centennial Distinguished Alumnus of Louisiana Tech University, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Daniel Webster College, Nashua, New Hampshire. He is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow for extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education. He was also the Inaugural Recipient of the Woodie Flowers Award by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST).

Currently, Dr. Flowers is on the Board of Directors of The General Scanning Corporation, NYPRO Inc., and the Lemelson-MIT Prize Board Executive Committee. He is National Advisor for FIRST, a Trustee for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and a member of the Historical Commission in Weston, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife Margaret Weas Flowers, who is a former Ruston resident and Louisiana Tech graduate.