About the director

Brian J. Anderson is the GE Plastics Materials Engineering Professor in chemical engineering at West Virginia University (WVU).

He was awarded the 2012 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. He has been a NETL-RUA Faculty Fellow at the National Energy Technology Laboratory since 2008 where he is the coordinator of the International Methane Hydrate Reservoir Simulator Code Comparison study. Dr. Anderson received his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2000 at WVU and his MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2005 respectively. 

After joining the faculty at WVU in January of 2006, he coauthored the MIT report, “The Future of Geothermal Energy: Impact of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) on the United States in the 21st Century,” considered the seminal report on EGS and the future of geothermal energy.  He was awarded the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources New Researcher of the Year in 2007. In 2010, Dr. Anderson was selected to the National Academy of Science's 2010 Frontiers of Engineering Education Workshop, named the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Teacher of the Year, and was the Opening Keynote speaker at the inaugural 2010 Gordon Research Conference on Gas Hydrates. 

In 2011, he was awarded a Secretary Honor Achievement Award from the Secretary of the Department of Energy for his role on the Flow Rate Technical Group, a team spanning multiple National Laboratories that worked in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He serves on the technical advisory board of AltaRock Energy and as a member of the DOE Geothermal Strategic Planning and Analysis Working Group. In the summer of 2011, along with colleagues from Stanford, MIT, Cornell, University of Utah, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Nevada, he cofounded the National Geothermal Academy. His research interests include molecular, reservoir, and multiscale modeling applied to energy and biomedical systems.