SES co-founder Joe Fowler to be honored by OTC with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals

Houston, Texas (February 16, 2021) – The 2021 Offshore Technology Conference will honor this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients on August 16th at NRG Center in Houston. During the OTC Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon, the conference will recognize Dr. Joe R. Fowler for individual achievement.

Dr. Fowler will be honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals for his extraordinary technical leadership in risers and pipelines, industrial leadership and entrepreneurship, significant contributions in higher education, and his substantial contributions to the societies that organize OTC. As principal investigator for the American Gas Association and Gas Research Institute, his achievements in offshore and land pipelines specifically focus on the collapse behavior of pipelines, the effects of dents on pipeline life, strength of tee and elbow fittings, repair procedures for damaged pipelines, and the development of a diverless pipeline repair clamp.

Dr. Joe R. Fowler, PE

As co-founder of Stress Engineering Services, Inc. in 1972, and president from 1984–2015, Stress Engineering was selected twice on the Aggie 100 for the fastest growing companies run by a Texas A&M alumni, best place to work in Texas by the Texas Association for Business in 2011, best place to work in Ohio from 2012–2014, best place to work in Houston in 2011, and best place to work in New Orleans from 2013–2015.

Fowler and his Stress Engineering teammates were instrumental in the development of DERP, a pioneering software program that recognizes critical riser design and operations problems. For more than 40 years, DERP has played a major role in the development of marine risers ultimately inducting this team into the Offshore Energy Hall of Fame in 2014.

Fowler was on the OTC Board of Directors from 2010–2017, serving as the Chairperson in 2016–2017.

In addition, OTC will recognize at the Distinguished Achievement Awards Luncheon: ADNOC Panorama for institutional achievement, and Russell Hoshman and Edward Heerema for the Heritage Award. For more information go to


About Offshore Technology Conference

Founded in 1969, OTC 2021 will reunite industry leaders and professionals at the world’s premier event for global sharing of technology, expertise, products, and best practices that address current and future industry conditions. The event was postponed to 16–19 August in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be an in-person event with virtual components.


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