Petroleum Engineering – 1976
Louis is originally from Houston, Texas where he was co–captain of Westchester High School’s football team, and was District Governor of the Leo Club. He was recruited by the Texas Tech Red Raider football team as a defensive end in 1972. Louis combined his interest in sports with his academic pursuits at Tech, by making the Dean’s List and lettering three years. As a bonus for any college player, Louis played in the Gator Bowl in 1973, the Peach Bowl in 1975, and the Bluebonnet Bowl in 1976, while being coached by two of the best: Bill Parcells, currently Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys, and Romeo Crennel, currently Defensive Coordinator for the New England Patriots, this year’s Super Bowl Champions.
During his college years, Louis was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and Pi Epsilon Tau (the honorary petroleum engineering fraternity). A fundamental influence in Louis’s overall education; is Dr. Harold Winkler. Dr. Winkler, past Chairman of the Petroleum Engineering Department of Texas Tech, is at the top of the list of teachers and mentors who helped Louis prepare for the business world.
In 1976, Louis received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech, after which he began his engineering career as a Production Engineer for Tenneco Oil Company in Houston. In 1988, he was moved to Denver, Colorado, and advanced to Division Production Manager of Tenneco’s Rocky Mountain Division. In 1989, he was employed by Meridian Oil Company as the Regional Production Manager, and in 1992, Louis returned to Houston, as Manager of U. S. Onshore Production and Drilling, for Amerada Hess Corporation. Louis is currently Vice President of U. S. Production for Amerada Hess, in Houston.
In 1997, Louis was inducted into the Texas Tech Academy of Petroleum Engineering. Louis is a Scholarship Donor of the Red Raider Club, is a member of the Texas Tech Spurs Society, and is Chairman of the Texas Tech Petroleum Industry Advisory Board. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, Executive Board Member of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, is a Past Executive Board Member of the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association, and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute.
Louis and his wife, Belinda Bell Jones, have two sons, Louis, Jr., age 25, of Houston, and Landon, age 21, currently in his junior year as a Petroleum Engineering student at Texas Tech.
Texas Tech University is honored and proud to name Louis D. Jones as DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.