Distinguished Engineer Citations
Jeff D. Morris
Chemical Engineering – 1974
At Time of Nomination in 1997
Jeff Morris was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1974.
Upon graduation from Texas Tech University, Mr. Morris went to work for Fina Oil and Chemical Company and held various technical positions in the Chemicals and Research and Development areas. He has been employed by Fina Oil and Chemical for 22 years where he has been very successful in the various roles assigned to him. In 1982, Mr. Morris was transferred to the Big Spring Refinery where he held various management positions. In 1985, he was promoted to Technical Manager, Styrenics. In 1988, Mr. Morris became the Operations Manager at the Port Arthur Refinery. One year later, he was promoted to Refinery Manager at the Big Spring Refinery. In 1995, Mr. Morris was named as the Vice President of the Southwestern Business Unit of Fina Oil and Chemical Company.
Mr. Morris is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. He is a member of the Academy of Chemical Engineers at Texas Tech University. He also serves as the Chairman of the Texas Tech Chemical Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board. He holds ten U.S. patents and six foreign patents in the field of polymer processing and production and has published a chapter on Polystyrene in the Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design. Mr. Morris serves as a leader in the National Petroleum Refinery Association and the American Petroleum Institute. He is a board member of Communities in Schools in Dallas. He was a founding member and past President of the Tech Engineering Alumni of the Metroplex, past president of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Big Spring Area United Way.
Mr. Morris is married to the former Karen Spradling and they have two children, Justin and Matthew.
Texas Tech University is pleased to bestow upon Jeff Morris the title of DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.