Michael S. Bounds
OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARD for MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: 2004
In recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the engineering profession.
Michael "Mike" Bounds graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1965 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He completed several other specialized military and civilian training courses and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University in 1978.
A Ruston native, Mike is a descendent of George Madden Lomax, the state legislator who authored the bill that led to the establishment of Louisiana Tech University in 1894. He is from a military family and attended twelve different schools before returning to Ruston to enroll in Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana Tech as a freshman. He earned his Air Force commission while at Tech and was called to active duty shortly after graduating. He began pilot training and subsequently flew over one hundred missions in Vietnam, logging over two thousand hours in supersonic fighter aircraft and over one thousand three hundred additional hours in both military and civilian aircraft. Following his service in Vietnam, Mike served as a project test officer and pilot for tests of advanced munitions, avionics and countermeasures. He spent six years working in aviation safety and served as investigator-in-charge or supervisor for eight aircraft accident investigations and one hundred incident investigations. He taught safety management and accident investigation in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.
In his civilian career, Mike is Director, Product Safety and Standards for Poulan/Weed Eater Division of Electrolux Outdoor Products. He serves his profession as Chairman of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC 23/SC 17 dealing with hand-held forestry equipment such as chain saws and as a member of ASME, SAE and ISA. He is a Life Director and past president of the Louisiana Tech Engineering and Science Foundation.