Distinguished Alumni Award in Engineering

A quintessential engineer, Robert J. Fiocco built a dynamic and impactful career in the petroleum and petrochemical industry.

During his prolific career, Dr. Fiocco secured 20 patents and published more than 22 technical papers. His expertise focused on the development and application of advanced processing equipment and chemical technology for petroleum product manufacture and environmental engineering. His specialties included liquid-liquid extraction operations, oil pollution prevention, solids separations, and interfacial phenomena troubleshooting.

A member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Dr. Fiocco retired as a senior engineering associate with ExxonMobil, which he joined in 1963. He also worked as a research engineer for Johnson & Johnson and as a technical advisor for KBF Pollution Management Company. In 1998, Dr. Fiocco received the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award from the Research and Development Council of New Jersey, and in 2000, the New Jersey Inventors Congress and Hall of Fame named him Inventor of the Year for his work in developing an internationally-recognized oil spill dispersant.

As an undergraduate studying mechanical engineering, Dr. Fiocco was exceptionally active. He was vice-president of his senior class and of the Student Council; a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and the Gear and Triangle, Pi Delta Epsilon, and Khoda honor societies; president of the Newman Club for Catholic fellowship; and managing editor of The Stute student newspaper. He played varsity soccer and is a brother in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Dr. Fiocco has also been an active and loyal alumnus. He served as national chair of the Stevens Fund from 1981 to 1983, and he was president of the Stevens Alumni Association from 1988 to 1989 and from 1995 to 1996, during which he concurrently served as a university trustee. Dr. Fiocco was also elected by the Stevens alumni body to serve as a university trustee from 1984 to 1986. He received the Harold R. Fee ’20 Alumni Achievement Award in 1973, and in 1991, he received the Stevens Alumni Award. With a group of fellow alumni, Dr. Fiocco has supported an awards program for students who study engineering management. He is a member of the Stevens Metropolitan Club for regional New York City and a regular attendee at campus events.

Dr. Fiocco lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He and his late wife, Grace, raised a daughter and a son, and he especially loves spending time with his family and three grandchildren. Dr. Fiocco relishes his retirement years practicing tai chi, traveling, being active in church, making new friends, and savoring old friends from kindergarten, St. Peter’s Prep, Stevens, and Exxon days of yore.