Thomas F. Degnan, Jr. & Anne R. Degnan Tom Degnan is currently the Anthony and Sarah Earley Professor of Energy and the Environment in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Tom worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company for 15 years and for its predecessor, Mobil Technology Company for 19 years. He was responsible for managing and leading Mobil's and then ExxonMobil's catalyst technology programs for 15 years. For the last 6 years of his career at ExxonMobil, Tom led the company's downstream breakthrough R&D program. Tom was a member of AIChE's Board of Directors and sits on several university advisory committees. He is also the Chair of the AIChE's Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) Division. Tom received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. He has had a lifelong interest in performance improvement.