Stephen A. Holditch, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University
Stephen A. Holditch is professor emeritus and former head of the petroleum engineering department (2004 - 2012) at Texas A&M University. During the 2011 - 2012 school year, the department had 43 faculty, 672 undergraduate students, and 358 graduate students enrolled. During 2011 - 2012, Dr. Holditch was the director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute. On January 31, 2013, Dr. Holditch retired from Texas A&M University.

From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Holditch was a Schlumberger fellow, serving as a production and reservoir engineering advisor to the top managers within Schlumberger. Dr. Holditch formed S. A. Holditch & Associates Inc. in 1977. The company became part of Schlumberger Technology Corporation in 1997, and then was combined with other groups in Schlumberger to form Holditch Reservoir Technologies in 1999.

Dr. Holditch was president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2002 and vice president of finance from 1998 to 2000. As an SPE officer, Holditch served on the board of directors from 1998 to 2003. In addition, he served as a trustee of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) from 1997 to 1998. Dr. Holditch was president of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas in 2011 and served on the board of the academy for four years.

Dr. Holditch has received several awards in recognition of his technical achievements and leadership. In 1995, he was elected to the U. S. National Academy of Engineering. In 1997, he was elected to the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and, in 1998, he was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Graduates of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University. In 1989, he was selected as a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. In 1994, SPE awarded Dr. Holditch the Lester C. Uren Award in recognition of distinguished achievement in petroleum engineering technology made by a member before reaching age 45. In 1999, Dr. Holditch received the Rhodes Petroleum Industry Leadership Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the John Franklin Carll Award from SPE. He has published over 100 technical articles.

Dr. Holditch holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.