Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Gerald D. Holder
Engr-Dean, Office of the, Chem/Petroleum Engineering
Holder, Gerald D.
U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering
Faculty
Distinguished Service Professor
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For the past two decades as U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, Gerald D. Holder overseen its growth as one of the top 25 public engineering programs.

Dean Holder earned his bachelor’s in chemistry from Kalamazoo College, and his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. His research focus area is the phase behavior of natural gases & petroleum with emphasis on natural gas hydrates. He joined the chemical engineering faculty at Columbia University in New York City in 1976 and served in that capacity until 1979, when he came to the University of Pittsburgh. He served as Chair of Chemical Engineering from 1987-95 and became Dean of Engineering in 1996. In these leadership roles, Dean Holder fostered the development of programs in bioengineering, polymers, environment and energy, manufacturing, and materials.

At Pitt, he has received awards for his research and teaching, including the School of Engineering Award for Outstanding Research and the Board of Visitors Faculty Award. His regional and national accomplishments include the William Metcalf Award for Lifetime Achievement in Engineering from the Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania; Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities; and a General Motors Scholar. 

To mark his 20th anniversary as Dean of the Swanson School, Provost Patricia Beeson appointed him as a Distinguished Service Professor, a title that recognizes distinctive contributions and outstanding service (e.g., professional, regional, national, international) to the University community in support of its multifaceted teaching/research/service mission, as well as performance excellence and national stature in his discipline.

PhD (Chemical Engineering), University of Michigan, 1976 
  • William Metcalf Award for Lifetime Achievement in Engineering, ESWP, 2008
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fellow, 2008
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, 2003
Model for Gas Hydrate Equilibria Using a Variable Reference Chemical Potential: Part 1, (S.Y. Lee and Gerald D. Holder) AIChE Journal, 48 (1), 161-167, 2002 

Formation of Gas Hydrates from Single Phase Aqueous Solutions, (G. D. Holder, L. Mokka and R. Warzinski) Chemical Engineering Science, 56, 6897-6903, 2001. 

Methane Hydrates Potential as a Future Energy Source, (S. Y. Lee and G. D. Holder) Fuel Processing Technology, 71, 181-186, 2001 
A Generalized Model for Gas Hydrate Equilibria, ( S. Y. Lee and G. D. Holder) Gas Hydrates:Challenges for the Future, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 912, 614-622, 2000. 

Gas Hydrates: Challenges for the Future, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 912, Book Gerald D. Holder, ed, and P. R. Bishnoi, ed, 2000. 

The Impact of CO2 Clathrate Hydrate on Deep Ocean Sequestration of CO2, Experimental Observations and Modeling Results, (R. P. Warzinski, R. J. Lynn and G. D. Holder), Gas Hydrates: Challenges for the Future, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 912, 226-234, 2000. 

A Theory of Lattice Distortion in Gas Hydrates, (S. Zele, S. Y. Lee and Gerald D. Holder), Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 103 (46) 10250-12057, 1999. 

Experimental Study of Hydrate Crystal Growth from Methane, Carbon Dioxide and Methane + Propane Mixtures, (S. Y. Lee, E. McGregor and G. D. Holder), Energy and Fuels, 12(2), 212-215, 1998.