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Message from the Director

Brian Anderson, director of the WVU Energy Institute

Brian Anderson

At the Energy Institute, we embrace our role in the innovation ecosystem – not just for the state, but for the region, the country, and the world.

That role begins here, by removing barriers and serving WVU energy faculty. The Energy Institute has more than 150 affiliate faculty members on campus. In today’s competitive research environment, it is critical to be able to work across departments, share ideas, and collaborate with each other. Empowering our faculty to do bigger and better research isn’t just a goal, it’s our mission.

West Virginia University has always been a place where great research has been done. As the front door to energy research at the university, the Energy Institute works with faculty to reach beyond the university and make valuable connections with industry and government. We also work proactively as a conduit for those seeking to work with our researchers by creating opportunities for funding and external partnerships.

Whether it's research on the extraction of rare earth elements from acid mine drainage, biomass growth and conversion, improving renewable energy technology, or enhancing processes that enable us to better utilize our natural resources, we are proud to be a driving force behind the responsible development of our energy resources.      

It's the research done here at West Virginia University and with our partners that will guide energy policy and technology development that ensures a brighter future for all West Virginians.    


Brian Anderson
Director, WVU Energy Institute
Verl O. Purdy Chair of Engineering, WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources