Chief Engineer and Vice President – Engineering and Operations (Retired)
E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. Inc.
James B. Porter, Jr. was chief engineer and vice president – Engineering and Operations for DuPont until his retirement in September, 2008. Jim joined the company in 1966 as a chemical engineer in the engineering service division (ESD) field program at the Engineering Test Center in Newark, Delaware. He left the same year for a tour in the United States Army and returned in April, 1968 as a technical services engineer at DuPont’s Chattanooga, Tennessee fibers plant.
Jim was named vice president of Engineering on November 1, 1996. He became vice president of Safety, Health & Environment and Engineering on February 1, 2004. He assumed the position of Chief Engineer and Vice President – DuPont Engineering and Operations on July 1, 2006.
Jim has served as chair for the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and he was the 2004 recipient of CII’s Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence. In 2005 he received the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association Achievement Award and in 2007 he was honored with the Society of Women Engineers Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award. In 2008 he was the first recipient of FIATECH’s “James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership.” He is a member of several Boards of Directors and is on the Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors.
Today, Jim is the founder and President of Sustainable Operations Solutions, LLC which provides consulting services to help companies make significant and sustainable improvements in workplace safety, process safety management, and capital effectiveness and operations productivity. Jim also is a Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) board member.
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1965.