Jim Holste is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He returned to this position in September of 2010 after serving at Texas A&M University at Qatar for seven years, first as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer from the founding of TAMUQ in 2003 until 2007, when he became Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies & Chief Research Officer.
Before moving to Qatar, he served on the Texas A&M University home campus for nearly thirty years as a chemical engineering faculty member. He also has served in a variety of administrative positions at Texas A&M, including: Associate Department Head, Chemical Engineering; Associate Director (Associate Dean), Office of Graduate Studies; Assistant Director of Research for the Texas Engineering Experiment Station and Assistant Dean of the College of Engineering; and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and International Programs in the College of Science
Jim has published more than 130 technical papers and holds 10 U.S. Patents. He received his B.S. from Concordia Teachers College (Seward) in 1966, and his Ph.D. in physics from Iowa State University in 1973. He then spent more than two years with the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology as a postdoctoral research associate before joining Texas A&M University in 1975.
Jim Holste’s primary research interests are the thermodynamic properties of fluids, with emphasis on experimental measurements of natural gas properties at high pressures and on equation of state development. Experimental facilities include capabilities of measuring densities at pressures up to 2,000 bar (30,000 psi) and dew points at pressures up to 100 bar (1,500 psia).