Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

The 2012 IRI Medal

Academic journal article Research-Technology Management

The 2012 IRI Medal

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The IRI Medal, established in 1946, is presented to recognize leaders of technology for outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation that contribute broadly to the development of industry and to the benefit of society. The Medal is presented each year at IRI's Annual Meeting.

The 2012 IRI Medal was presented to Dr. F. Emil Jacobs for setting bold, new strategic directions in petroleum and petrochemical R&D; for aggressively pursuing game-changing opportunities in energy R&D; and for tirelessly supporting STEM education and the development of future technical leaders.

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F. Emil Jacobs joined Exxon Research and Engineering in 1978 at the company's development laboratory in Baytown, Texas. He held various technical positions in synthetic fuels and petroleum processing R&D, progressing to site operations manager before transferring to Exxon Chemical in 1986. There, he held a number of management positions, including one in polyethylene marketing, where he was instrumental in commercializing a new polyethylene product that has become ExxonMobil Chemical's largest polymer business.

In 1999, after serving as global vice president for Exxon's fuel additives business and then for the elastomers business, Emil was appointed global vice president, basic chemicals and intermediates technology. …

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