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College Deans: R. Michael Harnett

1894-1901: Professor Herget
1901-1903: Harry Gwinner
1903-1907: R.W. Selvidge
1907-1910: William B. Hamilton
1910-1918: Frank Bogard
1918-1923: W. L. Mitchell
1923-1937: Frank Bogard
1937-1938: J. T. Folk
1938-1940: E. C. Barrett
1940-1942: Roy T. Sessums
1942-1945: Harley J. Nethken
1945-1952: Roy T. Sessums
1952-1976: Ben Bogard
1976-1982: Jack Thigpen
1982-1987: C. Ray Wimberly
1987-1988: R. Michael Harnett
1988-1998: Barry Benedict
1998-2004: Leslie K. Guice
2004-2013: Stanley A. Napper

R. Michael Harnett was born on June 3, 1944, in Winnfield, Louisiana. Harnett attended Louisiana Tech and earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in English in 1963. During these studies, he also studied chemistry, physics, geology, and astronomy. Harnett then attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville and obtained his master's degree in operations research with a minor in management in 1972. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Alabama in 1974 with a major in industrial and systems engineering and minors in management and mathematics. While in Huntsville, Harnett worked as a student trainee for NASA at the Marshall Space Flight Center, in the systems and nortronics divisions at the Northrop Space Laboratory, and as an Operations Research Analyst in the SAFEGUARD Systems Command for the U.S. Army. He then continued with postgraduate studies in biology, genetics, physiology, organic chemistry and biochemistry at Clemson University. Harnett joined the systems and engineering faculty of Clemson University in 1974 as program director assistant and associate professor. At Clemson, he specialized in systems modeling and optimization. He joined the College of Engineering at Louisiana Tech as an Associate Dean in July 1983 and maintained the post until July 1988. From June 1987 to March 1988, Harnett served as an Interim Dean.

In his role as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Science, Harnett assumed a combination of administrative responsibilities and academic activities. He developed a graduate engineering extension program in Shreveport and the first remote job entry facility linking the College of Engineering to the University’s mainframe computer enhancing computer utilization in the curricula. He also developed and chaired a conference on Robotics and Automated Systems held in Shreveport, which represented a major outreach to the largest industrial center in the region.

As an interim dean, Harnett served as chief executive officer for the College of Engineering and Science. His primary responsibilities included program administration, academic planning and program representation during a time of budget problems. Research spending totaled about $3 million per year, and Harnett administered a budget of more than $6 million.

Harnett is a member of many other engineering related organizations, as well. He is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a full member of the Operations Research Society of America, a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and the founding member of the Omega Rho Honor Society. Harnett has approximately 57 publications and presentations.

In 1988, Harnett took a position as a professor at Kansas State University in the Department of Industrial Engineering.