James B. Porter, Jr. James B. Porter, Jr. was Chief Engineer and Vice President of Engineering and Operations for DuPont until his retirement in 2008. Today, Jim is the founder and President of Sustainable Operations Solutions, LLC which provides consulting services to help companies make significant and sustainable improvements in workplace safety, process safety management, capital effectiveness and operations productivity. Jim joined DuPont in 1966 as a chemical engineer in the engineering service division. He was named vice president of Engineering in 1996, became vice president of Safety, Health & Environment and Engineering in 2004, and assumed the position of chief engineer and vice president of Engineering and Operations in 2006. Jim has served as chair for the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and he was the 2004 recipient of CII's Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence. In 2005 he received the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association Achievement Award and in 2008 he was the first recipient of FIATECH's "James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership." He is a member of several Boards of Directors and is on the Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1965.