Thursday, May 17, 2018

Two Inducted in to Class of 2018 Distinguished Graduates Society

Edward Holstein, Dean Tom Landers and
Dolly Wagner-Wilkins at the 2018
Conovocation Ceremony

In 1990, the the Gallogly College of Engineering established the Distinguished Graduates Society to honor our most accomplished alumni. Selection is based upon prominent and distinguished professional or technical achievement, notable public service, outstanding contribution to and support of education, honors of election in organizations, and other contributions to the engineering profession.

Introducing the DGS Class of 2018: Edward D. Holstein and Dolly Wagner-Wilkins. These newest members of the DGS were inducted during the engineering convocation on May 12 at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Dolly Wagner-Wilkins
BS Industrial Engineering ’87

Dolly Wagner-Wilkins is the chief technology officer at Worldwide Express, with oversight and leadership across the technical spectrum of the company. She is accountable for the company's technology strategy, as well as development, delivery, IT operations and customer support—aligning across technology and business functions to ensure optimal results. Highly skilled with 30 years of experience, Wagner-Wilkins is a seasoned travel and transportation industry executive, having led global software development and enterprise operations teams through transformational change and complex customer migration and integration programs. During her career, she has directed software delivery teams, operated large enterprise-scale environments and worked with global airline and travel agency customers in a variety of technology and marketing capacities.

Prior to joining Worldwide Express as CTO, Wagner-Wilkins held high-level positions at Sabre, the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. There, she was focused on leading a large software delivery team, migrating airlines to the Sabre Airline Solutions Customer Sales and Service platform, and a number of integration efforts. Previously, she was responsible for a global team of software development professionals accountable for design, development and delivery of high-volume systems powering Sabre's two largest business units, Sabre Airline Solutions and Sabre Travel Network.


Edward D. Holstein
MS Chemical Engineering '55

Edward D. Holstein is a retired coordinator in Exxon's Houston headquarters Production Department. During his tenure with Exxon, he served as liaison between research and production groups, performed technical review of major capital projects and review of reservoir performance. He also developed, monitored and participated in reservoir engineering training, managed groups associated with the company's reserve records and technical computer applications, including an automated production tracking system.

Prior to joining Exxon, in 1955, Holstein was employed by Carter Oil Company (later merged with Humble to become Exxon). His work with Carter was interrupted when he reported to the U S Army, serving two years active duty with the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps, with most of his time serving as head of the metallurgical lab at White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico, leaving as a First Lieutenant. Upon returning to Carter, Holstein worked in reservoir surveillance, facility design, well completion planning, artificial lift design and field operations.

Since retirement, Holstein has been involved in multiple consulting projects and as editor of the reservoir section in the update of the SPE Petroleum Engineering Handbook and the SPE Waterflooding Monograph. 

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Holstein graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and from the University of Oklahoma in 1955 with an Master of Science in Chemical Engineering.

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