Dr. Mark Holtzapple earned his BS from Cornell University (1978) and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (1981). He then served as a captain in the US Army and performed research on microclimate cooling, a method for cooling soldiers encapsulated in chemical protective clothing. For the past 28 years, Mark has been a professor of chemical engineering at Texas A&M University. He has been recognized as the most prolific inventor in the Texas A&M System, which includes 11 universities and 7 state agencies. He has published 132 peer-reviewed journal articles, 12 books, 12 book chapters, 9 conference proceedings, 31 technical reports, and 42 issued U.S. patents. He has numerous awards, including the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge given by the President and Vice-President of the United States.
Mark’s research interests focus on sustainability and include the following: fuels and chemicals from biomass, food and feed processing, high-efficiency engines, high-efficiency air conditioning, and water desalination. These technologies are being developed through two companies: Earth Energy Renewables and StarRotor.