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Felix Fenter

(Retired) Group Vice President – Andev Corporation

B.S. AE 1953, The University of Texas at Austin
M.S. AE 1954, The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. ASE 1960, The University of Texas at Austin

Since his semi-retirement in 1997, Felix Fenter has acted as Chairman and CEO of the Andev Corporation, a technology development company that has focused on the application of automation and robotics to selected surgical procedures.

After being discharged from the Navy, Fenter received a bachelor of science (1953), and a master of science (1954) in aeronautical engineering and the first ever awarded Ph.D. (1960) in aerospace engineering, all from The University of Texas at Austin.

Fenter simultaneously spent six years on the staff of the University’s Defense Research Laboratory where he worked on various Navy missile and space programs including Terrier, Tarter, Talos and Project Vanguard. During this period, he also served on the Navy Bumblebee Aerodynamics Panel and on the Bureau of Ordinance Committee on Aeroballistics.

Before joining Andev Corporation, Fenter began his career at Chance Vought Aircraft Company in Dallas, Texas. He served as President of Advanced Programs, Operations, and Marketing of LTV Missiles Division whose major programs included the Scout Satellite Launch Vehicle, the Anti-Satellite Missile System and the Multiple Launch Rocket System to name a few. During his term, the Division became the premier developer and producer of Army missiles.

Fenter later became President of Loral Vought Systems Corporation, the successor company to LTV Missiles Division, and from there Group Vice President of Loral Corporation responsible for Loral Missiles Group consisting of Loral Vought Systems Corporation and Loral Aeronutronics Company. One of the major programs of Loral Aeronutronics Company was the Nighthawk Targeting Pod for the F-18 Fighter Aircraft.

Fenter is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He has been inducted into The University of Texas at Arlington Engineering Hall of Achievement and was made member of the Order of Saint Barbara by the U.S. Army Field Artillery Association. He has served on technology advisory committees at Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at Arlington.