Industry award honors life-long commitment to innovation
Indian Wells, CA, May 10, 2012 – The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) last evening bestowed its illustrious Medal upon Dr. F. Emil Jacobs, Vice President of R&D at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE).
The IRI Medal is the longest-lived award given by IRI. Presented each year in the spring, the Medal was established in 1946 to recognize and honor leaders of technology for their outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation which contribute broadly to the development of industry and to the benefit of society. Dr. Jacobs received the Medal during an awards ceremony hosted by IRI during its Annual Meeting in Indian Wells, California, for his leadership role at ExxonMobil beginning in 1978 when he joined EMRE’s predecessor company, Exxon Research and Engineering (ER&E).
Dr. Jacobs is recognized for setting bold, new strategic directions in petroleum and petrochemical R&D, for aggressively pursuing game-changing opportunities in energy R&D, for promoting external collaborations, and for his support of STEM education in the development of future technical leaders. “It is truly an honor to receive the IRI Medal, and it has been my great privilege to work with so many gifted and motivated people who have made a real difference in advancing the art and science of innovation in industrial R&D,” said Dr. Jacobs.
Dr. Jacobs’ work led him through a series of roles with ExxonMobil, first with ER&E in technical positions in synthetic fuels and petroleum processing R&D beginning in 1978, and on to management at the Exxon Chemical Company in Houston, Texas, in 1986. From there, Dr. Jacobs moved to England to work in Exxon’s fuel additives business, and later returned to Houston as Global VP for the Elastomers business. He was appointed to his current position in 2002 where he developed ExxonMobil’s model-guided research approach, implemented cross-functional teams to enhance technology discovery, development, and deployment, and increased the company’s focus on emerging energy technology research.
“Accomplished technology leaders, such as Dr. Jacobs, who has contributed so much to nurturing the broad-ranging initiatives that have improved R&D focus, efficiency and effectiveness, are a great example of the kind of person the IRI Medal recognizes,” remarked Ed Bernstein, IRI President.
In addition to his long and successful career with ExxonMobil, Dr. Jacobs is also a member of several prestigious organizations which help him to stand out among R&D managers globally. He is a member of the Chemical Engineering Advisory Council at Princeton University, the Advisory Board of the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, the Board of Trustees at Liberty Science Center, the Research and Development Council of New Jersey, the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, the American Chemical Society, and the Industrial Research Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton.
About the Industrial Research Institute (IRI)
The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) is an organization of 200+ industrial and service companies having a common interest in the effective management of technological innovation. IRI member companies span diverse industries and represent a substantial portion of our nation’s gross domestic product. IRI is the only cross-industry organization creating innovation leadership solutions and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation. For more information, call 703-647-2580 or visit www.iriweb.org.
About ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and Exxon Mobil Corporation
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Exxon Mobil Corporation. ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas
company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs.
ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and
marketer of petroleum products and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world.
For more information, visit www.exxonmobil.com.