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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Chevron CTO named 2006 Technology Executive of the Year

Chevron's Donald L. Paul will receive the Technology Executive of the Year Award on October 27 and talk about development of huge oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico

Last month, Chevron pumped the first oil from a Gulf of Mexico discovery that could become the biggest source of domestic oil since the Alaskan pipeline opened in 1977. Donald L. Paul, Chevron's chief technology officer, cites development of this oil field as "a recent example of the pivotal role that technology plays in developing new sources of energy."

Paul will have more to say about the discovery and the role that technology will play in the evolution of the energy industry during his keynote speech at UA's 8th annual Technology and Management Awards Luncheon (TMAL) on Friday, October 27, in Phoenix, Ariz. The luncheon, which also honors four other technology/business leaders, will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.

"The Jack #2 well was completed in 7,000 feet of water and more than 20,000 feet under the sea floor," Paul said of the Gulf of Mexico effort. "This appraisal well, which broke more than half a dozen world records, demonstrates Chevron's leading position employing deepwater exploration technology to develop new supplies of U.S. crude oil and natural gas.”

Paul says Chevron is investing across the energy spectrum to help meet the world's growing energy needs. Technology is a key driver in all of these investments, allowing Chevron to access hydrocarbons in challenging locations like the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, to unlock the value of unconventional resources such as the Alberta oil sands and the Colorado oil shales, and to diversify the fuel supply through research and development into biofuels, hydrogen, solar and other energy sources.

The 2006 Technology Executive of the Year award that Paul will receive in Phoenix is presented by The University of Arizona’s College of Engineering and Eller College of Management.

The four other technology/business leaders being honored at TMAL are:

Lifetime Achievement Award, College of Engineering — Gary Cropper

Gary Cropper is the owner and operator of Cropper Auto Group, which has dealerships in Casa Grande and Nogales, Ariz. Cooper, who was co-captain of the UA football team in 1960, worked as an engineer after graduation and then joined Berge Ford in Mesa, Ariz. in 1971. He formed Cropper Auto Group in 1982. Over the years, he has made many contributions to the community and UA. Cropper has served on UA's Alumni Board for ten years, including time as president of the board. He also has served on The UA Foundation Board's executive committee since 1996 and is a member of the foundation’s President's Club.

Lifetime Achievement Award, Eller College of Management — James F. Muzzy

James F. Muzzy is the managing director and head of U.S. marketing for PIMCO, a global bond management firm. Muzzy was among the first to recognize the potential in actively managing bonds for the benefit of investors. Today, PIMCO manages more than $600 billion in assets around the globe, including seven offshore offices. Muzzy holds both a bachelor's degree and an MBA from UA, and is a CFA charter holder.

Distinguished Service Award, College of Engineering — Mary Moreton

Mary Moreton is senior vice president and corporate manager of human resources at Bechtel Corp. Moreton, a third generation Arizonan from Globe, Ariz., graduated from UA with a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering in 1974. She has more than 30 years of technical and leadership experience around the globe in Bechtel’s engineering and construction business sectors, including nuclear and fossil power, mining, and oil and gas. She is responsible for the HR policies, programs, and practices of the Bechtel organizations, including recruiting top talent, staffing global projects, developing career employees, and strengthening Bechtel’s leadership pipeline. Moreton is on the UA Engineering Industry Advisory Council.

Distinguished Service Award, Eller College of Management — David J. Gemelli

David J. Gemelli is president and CEO of Gem Gravure, a leader in the wire and cable manufacturing, processing, and fiber optics industries. Under his leadership, the company has grown from $1.5 million in sales and 20 employees in 1976 to $25 million in sales and more than 100 employees today. Gemelli received his MBA from UA in 1972. Gemelli is on the National Board of Advisors for the Eller College of Management, has sponsored internships for students and supports Eller's academic and networking efforts.

TMAL Background

The annual Technology and Management Awards Luncheon recognizes the competitive advantage resulting from collaboration between engineering and business.

The event honors individuals who have made significant contributions in business and technology. TMAL also creates an awareness in the business community of the collaborative courses and student-focused programs being pursued by the engineering and business colleges at UA. These efforts focus on rapidly moving knowledge and ideas from the university to the marketplace.

The 2006 awards will be presented by:

  • Betsey Bayless, CEO of Maricopa Integrated Health Systems
  • Robert N. Shelton, UA president
  • Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College of Management
  • Tom Peterson, dean of the College of Engineering.

Past Technology & Management Executives of the Year

The first TMAL awards were presented in 1999. Past winners of the Technology Executive of the Year Award include:

  • 1999 — Craig Barrett, president and CEO, Intel Corp.
  • 2000 — Michael R. Bonsignore, chairman and CEO, Honeywell International.
  • 2001 — Tom Brown, founder and chairman emeritus, Burr-Brown Corp.
  • 2002 — Louise Francesconi, president of Raytheon Missile Systems and vice president of Raytheon Co.
  • 2003 — Nicholas M. Donofrio, senior vice president for technology and manufacturing, IBM Corp.
  • 2004 — Vance D. Coffman, CEO and chairman of the board, Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • 2005 — J. Steven Whisler, chairman and CEO, Phelps Dodge Corp.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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