Distinguished Engineer Citations
John Michael StinsonDistinguished Engineer: 1991
Degree: Industrial Engineering – 1966
Citation at Time of Nomination in 1991
J. Michael "Mike" Stinson was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on August 30, 1943. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1966. He received a Master’s of Business Administration from Arizona State University in 1967.
Mr. Stinson started his employment with Conoco, Inc., in the summer of 1965, working for Continental Pipe Line Company in Artesia, New Mexico. After graduation from Texas Tech and Arizona State, he began work with the Natural Gas und Gas Products Department in Houston. He then worked in the pipeline, land management, and international logistics areas in Tulsa and Ponca City, Oklahoma; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Stamford, Connecticut. In 1975, he returned to Houston as Manager of Logistics Operations. In 1978, he became Manager of Planning and Administration for Conoco’s Petroleum Operations group, and in 1981, he was named President of Conoco Shale Oil Company.
In 1982, Mr. Stinson moved to Conoco’s affiliate in the United Kingdom as Director and General Manager of Southern Operations. In this position, he was responsible for the company’s significant offshore gas production operations, onshore exploratory drilling, engineering, economic planning, partner–operated facilities in the United Kingdom, and the development of new gas projects. In 1984, he moved to Stavanger, Norway, as President and Managing Director of Conoco Norway, Inc.
In January 1988, he returned to Houston where he was Senior Director for Conoco Norway, Inc., Conoco Netherlands Oil Company, and Conoco Egypt, Inc. Last year, Mr. Stinson became Vice President and General Manager of Exploration and Production. His responsibilities in this position include Scandinavia, the U.S.S.R., the Middle East, East Africa, Egypt, and Libya.
Among Mr. Stinson’s many memberships in various organizations are his being President of the Houston Galveston/Stavanger Sister City Society. He also is a member of the board and executive committee of the Norwegian–American Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Petroleum Club of Houston, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. In addition, Mr. Stinson has served on the Industrial Advisory Board, Department of Industrial Engineering, Texas Tech University, and is a past chairman of that entity. He also is a founding member of the Industrial Engineering Academy. Mr. Stinson is a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Houston.
He is married to Virginia Ridge Stinson, who received her B.A. from Texas Tech in 1965. They have one son, Matthew Kirk.
Texas Tech is pleased and honored to name J. Michael Stinson DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.