Hill appointed holder of Stephen A. Holditch ’69 Department Head Chair

Hill _dan _08-2013M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, has appointed Dr. A. Daniel Hill holder of the Stephen A. Holditch ’69 Department Head Chair in Petroleum Engineering. The endowed chair appointment was effective Nov. 1, 2015.

The appointment is in recognition of Hill’s exceptional record as a researcher and educator.

Hill is a professor and head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University and he holds five patents in oil recovery and well injection processes. 

Hill is an expert in the areas of production engineering, well completions, well stimulation, production logging, and complex well performance (horizontal and multilateral wells), and has presented lectures and courses and consulted on these topics throughout the world.

He is the author of the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) monograph, Production Logging: Theoretical and Interpretive Elements, co-author of the textbook, Petroleum Production Systems, 1st and 2nd editions, co-author of an SPE book, Multilateral Wells, and author of over 170 technical papers.

He has been a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Lecturer, has served on numerous SPE committees and was founding chairman of the Austin SPE Section. He was named a Distinguished Member of SPE in 1999, received the SPE Production and Operations Award in 2008, was one of the first two recipients of the SPE Pipeline Award in 2012, and received the SPE John Franklin Carll award in 2014. He currently serves on the SPE Editorial Review Committee, the SPE Global Training Committee, and is a member of the SPE Board of Directors. 

Hill earned his master’s and Ph.D., both in chemical engineering from The University of Texas in Austin and his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M.