Dr. Lester Towell

NEXT Research Scientist

Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Information Systems, HPU



  • EdD Instructional Technology and Distance Education
  • MS Computing Technology
  • BS Engineering Physics

Honors and Achievements

  • 2020 Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Howard Payne University
  • 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award, Howard Payne University
  • Outstanding Enlisted Physics Naval Nuclear Power School Instructor


  • Dr. Towell is interested in innovations and their dissemination through education. With a background in physics and engineering along with advanced degrees in computing technology it was natural to pursue research over the years in the areas of online education, project management, web design, 3D printing, and Blockchain implementation. Dr. Towell’s firm belief that innovations motivate STEM students to be powerful contributors in society logically coincides with the growth of ACU’s NEXT lab.

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