Alex Fowler, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
Alex Fowler received a B.A. in philosophy from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1987. He then worked as a medical technologist in a super-stat blood lab at Massachusetts General Hospital until 1989 at which point he enrolled as a Mechanical Engineering graduate student at Duke University. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Adrian Bejan in 1993 and accepted a position as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1994. He became a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in 1995 and developed a research program in bioengineering. His first major grant was a biomedical engineering research grant from the Whitaker Foundation aimed at using multi-beam lasers to treat hypertrophic burn scars. His bioengineering research expanded to include extensive studies on preservation of living cells and the development cell-fiber systems. He also was involved in course development and instruction for the bioengineering research education program at Massachusetts General Hospital, a training program designed to train MD's to collaborate in bioengineering research.
Prior to becoming Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research Develpoment, he has served as co-founder and co-director of the biomedical engineering and biotechnology PhD program, as the director for graduate studies in mechanical engineering and as the chairperson of mechanical engineering.