Brewer High School engineering teacher Tommy Bowers received the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education National Teacher of the Year Award.
Bowers’ was on all 450 delegate ballots cast throughout the nation by university professors and presidents as well as industry presidents and CEOs. This is only the second time a high school educator has received the honor. Bowers was unanimously selected by all 450 delegates in the final round of the process.
Several university professors said Bowers has participated in numerous camps and trainings at their institutions, and many have incorporated his ideas into their own presentations.
Two major corporations, National Instruments and Federal Express, said he has provided invaluable input into their operations. In numerous conferences for National Instruments, Bowers was a part of the educational forums and provided new ideas regarding how the software may be used by students. He conducts feasibility studies for Federal Express when the corporation contemplates new business areas.
Bowers was also the National Instruments 2017 National STEM Teacher of the Year, the first high school teacher to receive the award from the company.
A teacher at Brewer for the past six years, Bowers teaches all of the school’s engineering courses, which include Unmanned Aircraft Systems. WSISD is the first district in Texas to offer the course as part of Project Lead the Way.
Bowers brings more than 30 years of professional experience to the classroom including Federal Express Airlines, Delta Airlines, the US Navy, and Lockheed Martin. He was a member of the 1980 Olympic team and a naval aviator for the United States Naval Academy.
He is the only high school teacher in the nation on an Engineering Panel at the University of Texas at Austin. Researchers throughout the Engineering World seek advice from this panel.
He is pictured with Superintendent Frank Molinar, Brewer High School Principal Jeff Seeton and Board President Randy Armstrong.