Arnold F. Stancell

Arnold Stancell is a retired vice president at Mobil Oil, and Emertius Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  After receiving his BS in chemical engineering at City College of New York, Stancell became the first African American to earn a PhD in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Beginning in 1962, Stancell researched chamical plastics products for Mobil Oil.  After taking leave to teach at MIT in 1970, he returned to Mobil OIl where he became Vice President of Mobil Plastics in 1976.  

In 1982, he was named vice president of Mobil Europe Marketing and Refining, and in 1989 he became Mobil's Vice Prsident of Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production, with projects worldwide.  Stancell also initiated,negotiated and launched Mobil's liquefied natural gas production joint venture with Qatar.  

After retiring from Mobil in 1993, he joined the facutly at Georgia Tech, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2004.  After the 2010 BP oil spill, Stancell advised the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.  In 2011, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Science Board.