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Mechanical Engineering

Henry T. Poulan

OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARD for MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: 2007

Headshot of Henry PoulanIn recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the engineering profession.

Henry Poulan graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1936 with a B.S. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He began his outstanding career as an engineer at the ordinance plant in Minden, Louisiana. During this time, he (as the engineer) and his brothers designed the Poulan chain saw in Shreveport, Louisiana. He later moved to Monroe, Louisiana, and opened a motor rewinding shop and performed engineering consulting for the City of Monroe and for surrounding industries. He assisted in building the Monroe power plant and electrical sub-stations in the area.

In 1969, Mr. Poulan designed the Original Poulan Puller Press, a portable device used to quickly and safely remove bearings, pulleys, sheaves and couplings from large industrial motors. The popularity of Mr. Poulan’s presses spread and they are now sold around the world.

This award is presented posthumously following his death in 1999.