2011 Inductees of the academy of chemical engineers

John Campbell

Principal Engineer, Instrumentation and Control Systems
BS ChE 1974, University of Missouri - Rolla
John earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1974 and began his career as a process engineer with Conoco in Ponca City, OK.  He transferred after two years to the instrumentation design group, moved to Houston in 1995 and is currently a Principal Engineer, Instrumentation and Control Systems for the company. John has been a member of ISA, the International Society of Automation, for over 31 years. He has held a variety of leadership positions on the Section, District, Division, and Society levels.  John is a voting member of two ISA standards committees and seven standards working groups.  He is also the current Vice President-elect of the Industries and Sciences Department. He received the Distinguished Society Service Award from ISA in 2008 and the ISA Standards and Practices Department Award in 2009 as a technical editor in the development of the ISA standard for alarm management.

John Knapp, Jr.

Senior Vice President of Operaions, Site Manager (Retired)
Zinc Corporation of America
BS ChE 1958, Missouri School of Mines & Metallurgy
MS ChE 1960, Missouri School of Mines & Metallurgy
Management Program of Executives, University of Pittsburgh
Graduate Work in Metallurgy, Carnegie Institute of Technology
John began his career for the St. Joe Zinc Company in 1965, with an open assignment to assist the operating departments.  After defining quality control and trace element problems he was promoted to Plant Metallurgist with direct responsibility for plant quality control. John was moved to Assistant Superintendent of the Metallurgical Control Department with a year and was assigned to the design and construction of a Metallurgical Control center. Within four years, John was promoted into operations’ supervision as Superintendent of the Secondary Materials Department and with a year managed four major changes for the company.  In 1973, John was promoted to Superintendent of the Furnace and Refinery Department to rectify poor smelting furnace performance.  John went on to become the General Superintendent-Smelting. In 1980, John moved to the National Zinc Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as Secondary Superintendent.  He advanced in his career to Plant Manager of Zinc Corporation of America then Senior Vice President of Operations.  He retired in 2000 as Senior Vice President of Operations and Site Manager.

Jeffrey Sheets

Senior Vice President
Finance and Chief Financial Officer
BS ChE 1980, Univeristy of Missouri - Rolla
MBA 1989, University of Houston
Jeff earned his bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla now the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1980 and began his career as a process engineer in the North America division of Exploration and Production in 1980.  He held various engineering and marketing positions in that group until 1990 when he joined Treasury as a staff finance director.  In 1989, he received a master degree in business administration from the University of Houston. In 1993, he rejoined the Exploration and Production staff at ConocoPhillips to become Staff Finance Director in the Norway Office.  He served as commercial services manager for the company’s operations in Stavanger, Norway, from 1994 to 1997.  He returned to the United States in 1998 as an assistant treasurer, and was named vice president and treasurer in 2001.  He was named senior vice president, Planning and Strategy in October 2008 and was named to his current role in October 2010.

Jerry Stone

E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc
BS ChE 1960, Missouri Univeristy of Mines & Metallurgy
Jerry enjoyed a 38+ year career as an executive with the DuPont Company, holding numerous leadership positions in key businesses, including: Industrial Finishes, Medical Instruments, Magnetic Products, Agricultural Chemicals and Specialty Chemicals.  Leadership positions included: Vice-President, DuPont Asia-Pacific & Director, Agricultural Products - Asia-Pacific & Latin America.  During much of the second half of his career, he had responsibility for international businesses and spent about 100 days a year outside the United States.  Jerry had the privilege of working in many of the more interesting and exotic parts of the world and participated in a period of unprecedented global business growth. Noteworthy accomplishments were: becoming the leading basic supplier of agrichemicals in Japan, a rare achievement for a foreign-based company, establishing the first integrated agrichemicals joint venture by a multinational company in the People’s Republic of China; creating successful joint ventures in Argentina and Central America,  becoming agrichemicals market share leader in both areas; and, leading one of DuPont’s most successful business units for almost a decade, growing revenue at a 15% annual rate, while earnings grew more than 9X.