Jim Porter was Chief Engineer and Vice President - Engineering and Operations for DuPont until his retirement. Jim joined the company as a chemical engineer in 1966 and served in 23 technical and leadership assignments.

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. He has worked with more than 25 companies in 10 countries and has contributed to a current book focused on improving the safety, cost, schedule, and quality performance on very large projects. Jim has served as Chair for the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and 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 2007 he was honored with the Society of Women Engineers Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award. In 2008 he was the first recipient of FIATECH's "James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership." He is a member of the National Academy of Construction and was on the Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1965.