Hall of Distinction Class of 2000-2001

Alfredo M. Lopez, a native of Havana, Cuba, is vice president of Research and Development, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. Lopez received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 1963, M.S. in 1965 and Ph.D. in 1967, all in chemical engineering. Upon graduation, Lopez joined the Systems Engineering Division of Exxon Research and Engineering Company as a process control engineer. In 1977, he became manager of Exxon research and Engineering’s Gas and Heavy Oils Processes Division followed by subsequent management positions in computing technology, synthetic fuels planning and process development.

In 1984, Lopez became director of process development in the Baton Rouge Laboratories of Exxon Company, U.S.A. Three years later, he joined the staff of the president of Exxon Research and Engineering as quality manager. Lopez became technology coordinator in the refining and planning department of Exxon Company, International in 1989, and became manager of Exxon Research and Engineering’s Projects Department two years later. In 1993, Lopez was promoted to vice president, corporate research, and most recently, assumed his current position as vice president of research and development, ExxonMobil research and Engineering Company in December 1999.

Lopez is chairman of the board for the United Way of Morris County and has been the Morris county fund raising campaign chairman for 1995-96 and 1996-097. He serves on the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Albert Dorman’s Honors College Advisory Board, is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is a corporate associate of the American Chemical Society.

Lopez is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Louisiana State University Gordon A. & Mary Cain Chemical Engineering Department; and most recently has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for St. Claire’s Health Services. He is an ExxonMobil representative on the Council for Chemical Research, Inc. and s a past chairman of the Research and Development Council of New Jersey. He is also a trustee of the ExxonMobil Education Foundation and a member of the Conference Board’s International Council on Management of Innovation and Technology.

In 1963, Lopez was married to the former Maria Coalla of Havana, Cuba, and they have 2 children: Mary and Alfred. Lopez presently resides in Randolph, New Jersey.