Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards 2010

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The College of Engineering and Applied Science has selected four distinguished alumni and friends of the college to receive the 2010 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. All have made outstanding contributions in the area of energy.

Mohamed Al-Mady—Industry & Commerce
Mohamed Al-Mady is the vice chairman and CEO of Saudi Basic Industries Corp., located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With a market capitalization of more than $70 billion, SABIC is the world’s most profitable chemical products manufacturer and the largest publicly traded company in the Middle East. Al-Mady, who joined SABIC in 1976 and has held his current position since 1998, transformed SABIC from a small regional player into an international success. He also is a founding member of the Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association and currently serves as its chairman. He has shown a high level of dedication in developing high ethical, professional, and safety standards. He was awarded the Petrochemical Heritage Award at the National Petrochemical Refiners Association 2009 symposium in San Antonio, Texas, and he was named the most influential person in global chemicals by the International Chemical Industry Society. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at CU-Boulder in 1973, and a master’s degree at the University of Wyoming in 1975. He has continued to keep CU in high regard and has been a strong influence in sending SABIC-sponsored students to Boulder every year for decades.
James Gallogly — Special
Jim Gallogly is the CEO of LyondellBasell Industries, one of the world’s largest polymers, petrochemicals, and fuels companies. The multi-national company, created through a merger of Lyondell and Basell in December 2007, is headquartered in the Netherlands, but also has principal offices and a major crude oil refinery in Houston, Texas, where Gallogly is based. Gallogly joined LyondellBasell in May 2009 after working for Phillips Petroleum and its family of companies for nearly 30 years. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of exploration and production for ConocoPhillips. Gallogly is a member of the University of Colorado Engineering Advisory Council and the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering Board of Visitors. He previously served on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute and National Petrochemical and Refiners Association. He is a member of the Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas bar associations, and he serves on the board of directors and executive committee of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1974 at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a law degree in 1977 at the University of Oklahoma.
William Reinert—Research & Invention
Bill Reinert is national manager of advanced technology for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, in Torrance, California, where he coordinates Toyota’s development activities related to advanced vehicles, alternative-fueled vehicles, and emerging technologies. He and his team were responsible for product planning of the current and previous generation Toyota Prius, the world standard for hybrid, fuel-efficient, and ultra-low emissions vehicles. They also launched the first hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles in commercial operation in the United States. Reinert is a charter member of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) Leadership Council and serves on the board of directors of the National Hydrogen Association and the technical advisory committee of the National Fuel Cell Research Center. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives energy and air quality subcommittee, and he co-authored the Galapagos Energy Blueprint, a plan to move the energy economy of the Galapagos Islands to environmental sustainability. He earned his master’s degree in civil engineering at CU-Boulder in 1981, and he has been a strong supporter of students and laboratories in the department’s Building Systems Program.
Michael Wirth—Industry & Commerce
Mike Wirth is executive vice president for global downstream at Chevron, the fourth largest energy company in the world, headquartered in San Ramon, California. In this role he directs the refining, marketing, and trading businesses that employ roughly 18,000 people with $21 billion in capital employed. These units bring energy in the form of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, alternative fuels, and other refined products to consumers in more than 93 countries around the world. Wirth put the wheels in motion to create Catchlight Energy, a joint venture with Weyerhauser Corp. that aims to commercialize the production of ethanol from lingo-cellulosic materials. He also has shown his support for communities as a leader in establishing a quick response to assist employees and customers devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He also serves on the board of directors of the Tiger Woods Foundation and the San Francisco 49ers Foundation. He supports the University of Colorado by serving on the college’s Engineering Advisory Council and overseeing Chevron’s involvement with the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at CU-Boulder in 1982.

 

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