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Gerald D. Holder
Engr-Dean, Office of the
Holder, Gerald D.
U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering
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PhD (Chemical Engineering), University of Michigan, 1976 
Professor Holder joined the chemical engineering faculty at Columbia University in New York City in 1976. He served in that capacity until 1979, when he came to the University of Pittsburgh. 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. Gerald Holder served as Chair of Chemical Engineering from 1987-95 and become Dean of Engineering in 1996. In these leadership roles, Professor Holder has fostered the development of programs in bioengineering, polymers, environment and energy, manufacturing, and materials. 

In addition to his 20 years of teaching, Holder has worked for, or consulted with, Exxon, General Motors, Gulf Oil, Amoco, Petrobras, Arco, Norsk Hydro, Allied Chemical, Alcoa and many other corporations. He has served on over 20 national panels or committees for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, the American Chemical Society, and on the boards of several corporations. 
Holder's focus area is the phase behavior of natural gases & petroleum with emphasis on natural gas hydrates. 
  • 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.