Bruce L. McClung

A portrait of Bruce Mclung

Inducted:

05/07/1994

Degrees:

B.S. Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1960

L. Bruce McClung was born in Rupert, WV, on June 26, 1937. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1960.

Upon graduation, he joined Union Carbide Corporation, where he has worked in all phases of electrical design and electrical technology support for large chemical plants, with emphasis on concepts to achieve and maintain reliability in electrical distribution systems and to enhance safety for people who, from time-to-time, may have to work in an environment influenced by energized electrical components. He is presently Principal Engineer in the Union Carbide Energy Systems Engineering and Technology Group, South Charleston, WV.

Mr. McClung is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of West Virginia. He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) where he belongs to the Industrial Applications Society (IAS), Power Engineering Society, and Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society. He is a member of Chemical Manufacturers Association's Electrical Codes and Standards Task Group, American Petroleum Institute's Subcommittee on Electrical Equipment and National Fire Protection Association's Electrical Section where he participates on the National Electrical Code and Electrical Safety Requirements for the Employee Workplace. He is Past Chairman of his church's Board of Trustees.

He has authored or co-authored twelve technical papers published in the IEEE-IAS Transactions. Three of these papers have received IEEE-IAS prize paper awards.

Mr. McClung received the IEEE Standards Medallion Award in 1990 and Union Carbide Corporation's Chairman Award in 1991.

In 1997 Mr. McClung was elevated to Corporate Fellow status at Union Carbide. Following more than four decades of service in Union Carbide Corporation, he retired from Union Carbide Corporation Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company in 2001. He is presently Principal Engineer with Mc Squared Electrical Consulting LLC and has maintained a Professional Engineer's License in State of West Virginia since 1963.

He was a member of Chemical Manufacturers Association's Electrical Codes and Standards Task Group, American Petroleum Institute's Subcommittee on Electrical Equipment and National Fire Protection Association's Electrical Section where he participated on the National Electrical Code and Electrical Safety Requirements for the Employee Workplace.

Bruce's work in advancing technology, standards, and work practices has dramatically improved electrical safety. Safety-enhancement technologies he helped to develop include high-resistance grounding, arc resistant switchgear, lower toxicity insulating compounds for wire and cable, and personal protective clothing. Widely respected as a technical leader in the application of electric power systems on an industrial scale, Mr. McClung has provided electrical technology support for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of large chemical and plastic plants.

A leader in developing electrical safety standards, Bruce spearheaded the application of electrical technologies to achieve and maintain reliability in electrical distribution systems and to improve safety for employees exposed to electrical hazards in the workplace. His work has influenced virtually every standard related to electrical safety in the workplace, and has achieved exceptional results in reducing accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

Bruce has provided leadership in the advancement of IEEE standards, having served as chair of the Industry Application Society Standards Department for 12 years, during which time he strengthened industry participation, and helped to harmonize international standards. He represented IEEE on the National Fire Protection Association's standard NFPA 70 (National Electrical Code) and on NFPA 70E for 1995 and 2000 Editions (Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces).

Bruce has authored or co-authored 30 technical papers, 18 of which have made IEEE-IAS Transactions Status, while 10 earned IEEE-IAS prize paper awards. He received the IEEE Standards Medallion, the IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award, the 2000 PCIC Electrical Safety Excellence Award, the 2001 IEEE Medal for Engineering Excellence and the 2001 IAS Outstanding Achievement Award. He also received Union Carbide's Chairman's Award, and has been elected a member of West Virginia University Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineers. He holds membership in Sigma Pi Sigma (physics honor society) and Lambda Chi Alpha (social fraternity).

Bruce served as IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for Electrical Safety Issues during 2002-2003 during which time he presented electrical safety background material in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, Tampa, Houston, Mumbai, Pune and New Delhi (in India) and Rome (in Italy. He also was invited to make presentations at electrical safety workshops in Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, and Australia.

Bruce continues to volunteer service for Church, Family, Friends, College and IEEE.