Dr. Stephen A. Holditch, Director
Texas A&M Energy Institute
Phone: 979-458-1644
Fax: 979-845-0593


Dr. Stephen A. Holditch is currently a Professor of Petroleum Engineering, the Director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, the Director of the Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research, and the Director of the Global Petroleum Research Institute. Dr. Holditch was the Head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering from January 2004 until January 2012.

Dr. Holditch joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1976 and has taught courses both at the graduate and undergraduate level on well completions, well stimulation and formation evaluation. In supervising more than 100 MS and PhD students, Dr. Holditch has focused his research in areas involving unconventional gas reservoirs, well completions, and well stimulation.

Dr. Holditch was the Society of Petroleum Engineers, International (SPE) President 2002, SPE Vice President-Finance and a member of the Board of Directors for the SPE from 1998-2003. In addition, he served as a Trustee for the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) from 1997-1998.

Dr. Holditch has received numerous awards in recognition of his technical achievements and leadership. In 1995, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and in 1997 to the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. In 1998, Holditch was elected to the Petroleum Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates. He was elected as an SPE and AIME Honorary Member in 2006. In 2010, Dr. Holditch was honored as an Outstanding Graduate of the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.

  • • PhD, Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1976
  • • MS, Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1970
  • • BS, Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1969

2012 Growing Texas Conference

October 3: Conventional Energy Technologies Panel, Moderator/Water Use in Shale Development
October 4: Closing Remarks

The economic viability of biofuels production from lignocellulose and algae will be presented based on economic models developed in the Agricultural and Food Policy Center.