The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University honored two former students with the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Honor Award April 8.
Mark W. Albers ’79 and Dr. Stephen A. Holditch ’69 were recognized and presented their awards at a banquet at the Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.
Albers has built an impressive 31-year-career with Exxon Mobil Corp., rising to his current position as senior vice president.
He enrolled at Texas A&M in 1974 and made the football team as a “walk-on” player. An active student, Albers held leadership positions on the Student Engineers’ Council, the Texas A&M University Society of Petroleum Engineers and Campus Crusade for Christ.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1979 and went to work for Exxon Mobil, moving up through a variety of managerial positions, everywhere from Australia to Alaska to Africa.
In 2001 Mark became vice president for Africa, Chad/Nigeria for the ExxonMobil Development Co. in Houston, and he served as executive assistant to the chairman of Exxon Mobil Corp. before becoming president of ExxonMobil Development in 2004. He was named senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corp. in April 2007. Albers was named to the Academy of Distinguished Graduates of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M in 2005.
Albers is being recognized for his “leadership of U.S. industry and his contribution to our national economy through executive management roles at the world¹s leading energy corporation; for his consummate diplomatic skills in representing ExxonMobil throughout the global arena; for stellar character and service to his profession and community; and for his generous dedication to the faculty and students of Texas A&M.”
The second honoree, Dr. Stephen Holditch is currently head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering and holder of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Chair at Texas A&M, and is one of the faculty members who was most influential during Albers’ days as a petroleum engineering student.
Holditch followed his older brother to the engineering program at Texas A&M in the mid-1960s and was an active leader in the Corps of Cadets and a Ross Volunteer. He earned three degrees in petroleum engineering and in 1977 formed a consulting company, S.A. Holditch & Associates. When acquired by Schlumberger 20 years later, the firm had grown to prominence as the world leader in its field.
A distinguished scholar, savvy entrepreneur and recognized leader in professional societies, Holditch is widely recognized by his peers as one of the top engineers in the nation in hydraulic fracturing. In 1995 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional honor for an engineer in the United States. He was elected to the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in 1997 and the Academy of Distinguished Graduates of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering in 1998, and in 2002 named president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Holidtch is recognized for “unparalleled achievements in the practical application of hydraulic fracturing to unconventional natural gas resources; for extensive service to his profession at the highest levels; for entrepreneurial success in founding and leading the world’s preeminent unconventional resources consulting firm; and for strategic leadership to ensure petroleum engineering excellence at Texas A&M.”