The President's Distinguished Lecture Series brings our world’s most distinguished thought leaders in science and technology to create debate and spur discussion on the role of technology and its implications in 21st century society. This series was launched by President Nariman Farvardin in 2012. Since 2017, the President's Medal has been awarded to recipients at this prominent event.

R&D Pathways for the Future Energy System

Bruce H. March

President, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 4 p.m. DeBaun Auditorium
Presentation of the President's Medal to Mr. March immediately following the President's Distinguished Lecture

Bruce H. March Photo

ABSTRACT: The dual energy challenge – to provide energy to a growing global middle class who are eager to improve their quality of life, while reducing emissions into the environment – is a difficult challenge. To meet the strong and growing demand for both affordable and reliable energy and to meet a 2°C pathway will take significant technological advances from all energy sectors: electricity generation, transportation, and industrial.

ExxonMobil is pursuing a variety of research efforts that could lead to scalable CO2 emissions-reducing technologies by focusing on the underlying fundamental science and engineering problems that must be overcome in order to solve the dual energy challenge.

This presentation will examine ExxonMobil’s history of innovation in this area and highlight some of the company’s research aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

BIOGRAPHY: Bruce March is President, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) with responsibility for overseeing more than 3000 engineers and scientists. EMRE’s research and engineering centers in North America, Europe, and Asia are actively engaged in long-term, breakthrough research as well as executing capital projects and engineering programs to continuously improve the safety, efficiency, and productivity of ExxonMobil’s manufacturing operations. He is located in Houston, Texas.

A native of Middleport, New York, Bruce is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. He joined Mobil Oil at the Buffalo Refinery as a project engineer in 1980 and advanced through increasingly responsible management positions in domestic and foreign operations. These include Europe, Africa/Middle East products supply and trading manager in 1997, manager of the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery in 2003, project executive in the ExxonMobil Development Company in 2006, and refining director Europe, Africa/Middle East in 2007.

In 2008, Bruce was named chairman, president and chief executive officer of Imperial Oil Limited and was a director of Imperial until 2013. Prior to his current assignment, Bruce was Senior Vice President, Global Operations of ExxonMobil Chemical Company from 2013 to 2017.

Bruce has been actively involved with various United Way chapters throughout his career. He was a former board member of the Capital Area United Way of Baton Rouge, La., the Calgary campaign co-chair, and a former board member of the Calgary United Way.

ATTENDANCE: This event is open to all Stevens students, faculty, staff, alumni, and invited guests.

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