Otto R. Harrison

B.S. P.E, 1959
Retired President, Exxon Pipeline Company

Following his graduation from The University with a B.S. in petroleum engineering, Mr. Otto R. Harrison enjoyed a long career with the various divisions of Exxon. He began in 1959, as a junior engineer for Exxon Production, and continued until 1996, when he retired as President of Exxon Pipeline Company.

A Texas native, Mr. Harrison’s career took him across the United States and around the world. He was manager of offshore operations during the development of Submerged Production Systems (SPS), the first drilling and production system using robots in 2,000-foot water depths. As general manager of Alaskan Operations, he oversaw the clean-up work on the Exxon Valdez spill, and lent his experience to clean-up efforts around the world. He was present during the early development of automated production, remote operated vehicles, and other industry developments. Called upon to share his expertise, he earned a Best Speaker Award from the Exxon Management School on three occasions. In 1987, he was an advisor to the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, in the creation of a petroleum engineering department. From 1972 to 1973, Mr. Harrison participated in Exxon’s Executive Interchange Program, spending the year with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mr. Harrison has served as chairman and director of High Goals Corporation, director of Alaska and the Yellowstone Pipe Line Company, and chairman of the board of directors for the Plantation Pipe Line Company. He is a member of the American Petroleum Institute and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Harrison now lives in New Braunfels.

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