John J. Wise awarded Industrial Research Institute Medal.
Established in 1945, the medal is presented by the Institute to recognize and honor outstanding accomplishment in leadership or management of industrial research that contributes broadly to the development of industry and to the benefit of society.
Dr. Wise was chosen to receive the medal for his leadership in merging Mobil's diffuse Research and Development (R&D) and technical services to create a centralized technology organization, managed in partnership with Mobil's business units. He was also recognized for directing development of Mobil's zeolite catalysts into a family of hydrocarbon processing technologies of significant economic value to Mobil and society, and for co-chairing the Auto/Oil Quality Improvement Research Program, whose emissions database has helped regulators formulate strategies to meet the nation's air quality goals.
Dr. Wise joined Mobil in 1953 as a research engineer, became vice president of research and engineering planning in 1977, manager of exploration and production R&D in 1981, manager of process and products R&D in 1984, and was appointed to his present position in 1987.
In granting the medal, the Institute said that under Dr. Wise's leadership, the Research department at Mobil has become increasingly entrepreneurial and customer-oriented, and its scientists and engineers more focused on bottom-line impact. Arthur D. Little named Mobil Research & Development Corporation one of the world's 20 leaders in "translating innovative technologies into new products" at the 1994 "Best of the Best" Product Development Conference.
Dr. Wise is a director of the Mobil Foundation and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and World Petroleum Congress. He is co-chair of the Auto/Oil Air Quality Improvement Research Program and serves on the Board of Overseers of University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science, the advisory boards of the Departments of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, MIT, Princeton University, the Center for Advanced Materials at the University of California (Berkeley), and the MIT Energy Laboratory.
He is a corporate member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and of a number of technical societies including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Catalysis Society, and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
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