2001 Distinguished Service Award: Joseph Goss

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Joseph L. Goss
Vice President, Worldwide Manufacturing Operations
BSMetE ’77

With interests that include world economic development and politics, Joseph L. Goss is more than just a successful metallurgical engineer. His proclivity for international culture and travel set him apart as a vice president for worldwide manufacturing operations at Schlumberger.

While attending UW-Madison for his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering, Goss met several exchange students from France. Enamored with the culture of the region, he added a French course to his master’s studies at MIT, and then landed a position at the French Iron and Steel Research Institute in Metz. Here he performed applied research in the electromagnetic stirring of continuously cast steel.

Goss met his wife in France, and the couple moved back to the states while Goss completed his PhD at MIT. They returned to France, this time Paris, and stayed for nearly a decade.

Goss joined Schlumberger in 1986, moving quickly from development engineer to researcher to director of engineering. He accepted a promotion to regional marketing manager, a move that led him to Jakarta, Indonesia. Two years later, now a general manager, Goss and his wife were in America again. His recent promotion to vice president keeps him moving between Texas and France, a lifestyle that suits him well. As vice president, Goss is responsible for 23 factories worldwide, $1.2 billion in revenue and 3,500 employees. Specifically, he manages the Schlumberger Test and Transactions operations, which provides smart card-based solutions, semiconductor equipment and services, and corporate network solutions.

“My work experience has been in a truly diverse multinational, multicultural environment,” said Goss. “I believe that my education at the University of Wisconsin helped create the foundation for me to work under these diverse conditions.”

A past chamber of commerce member in France, Asia and Texas, Goss participated in the Indonesia Economic Advisory Council on Business Development. He helped with fund raising and structuring contracts with large western oil companies.

Goss and his wife Isabelle have four children, all of whom are fluent in both English and French. His longtime love is rugby, a sport he played at MIT and in France for many years. He’s also run more than a dozen marathons.