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Mechanical Engineering

James Marvin "Mac" McBride

OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARD for MECHANICAL & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT: 1995

Headshot of "Mac" McBrideIn recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the engineering profession.

James Marvin "Mac" McBride graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1956 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He was the first Tech graduate employed by the Union Carbide Corporation and held positions with that company in Engineering, Maintenance, Production and Plant Management in South Charleston, WV until 1992. He was the Union Carbide College Relations Representative for Louisiana Tech from 1977 to 1993, which was the longest tenure of any representative. Mac received the corporate H.G. Anderson Numero Uno Award in 1992 in recognition of this service.

He served as Tech Engineering Foundation Director from 1978 to 1983, and returned in 1994. He was the first chairman of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Advisory Council, and served with this group from 1988 to 1994. In addition, he was a charter member (now an Emeritus Member) of Tech’s Chemical Engineering Advisory Board.

Mac McBride served his country as a USAF Aircraft Maintenance Officer on the heavy bomber ground alert program from 1958 to 1959. He served his profession as chairman of the Region X, Coastal Bend Sub-section of ASME in 1981, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi. He was president of the Victoria/Calhoun County, TX, Chapter of the Carbide Retiree Corps, and has served as Victoria, TX, Algebra Academic program tutor subsequent to his retirement from Union Carbide in 1993.