A computing pioneer for the petroleum industry

Joe F. Moore has built a strong reputation for breaking ground in the intersection of computing and engineering. Born in Oklahoma in 1929, the great-grandson of notable Chickasaw legislator and judge Colbert Ashalatubby Burris, Moore went on to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a degree in chemical engineering.

After college, Moore founded a consulting company and pioneered using computer modeling to revolutionize oil refining practices. His work in computing and engineering has been recognized by the journal Annals of the History of Computing and several "Who's Who" lists. He maintained a relationship with MIT, serving in several roles, including president of the Alumni Association and Institute trustee.

Moore is a member of various organizations supporting scientific research and education, as well as the performing arts. He is a founding member of the President’s Circle of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; a trustee of the Southwest Research Institute; and a founding board member of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for the Performing Arts. He is active in his church and local community, sitting on the boards of the Houston School for the Deaf and the Houston Symphony.

With his wife of 67 years, Glenna, Moore has raised five children and has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


  • Inducted in the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2018