Newsmaker: Gerald D. Holder

| Thursday, May 2, 2013, 11:36 p.m.

Gerald D. Holder

Noteworthy: Holder was elected vice chair of the Engineering Deans Council Executive Board of the American Society of Engineering Educators for a two-year term beginning June 26. The nonprofit advocates for the advancement and expansion of engineering and technology education.

Age: 62

Residence: Shadyside

Family: Wife, Diane; three children; and five grandchildren.

Occupation: Holder is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering at Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering.

Background: Faculty member at Columbia University and Pitt. He became dean of the Swanson School in 1996. He has worked at Exxon, Gulf Oil and General Motors. He is a member of a number of professional organizations.

Education: Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Kalamazoo College; bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Quote: “The (American Society of Engineering Educators) has influence on federal public policy and education and research. It provides important services to the engineering community and educators.”

— Bill Vidonic

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