News

Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center helping to develop economic plan for Potomac Highlands region

John Deskins, director of the BBER, which is housed in the WVU College of Business and Economics, said the need for this study stems to a significant degree from the closure of the Sugar Grove Naval Base in Pendleton County. The U.S. Navy decommissioned Sugar Grove in 2015 after 60 years of military activity there, mostly related to communications and information gathering.

While Deskins said the closure certainly had an adverse economic impact on the region, it was part of a larger problem.

Assistance centers at WVU and Marshall help West Virginia communities secure $2.8M in US EPA brownfield funding

Morgantown, W.Va. - The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers at West Virginia University and Marshall have helped six municipalities and organizations secure $2.8 million in grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to assess, clean up and redevelop environmentally contaminated sites across the Mountain State.

“We know this investment from the EPA will help spark further investment from the public and private sectors,” said Patrick Kirby, director of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at WVU.

WVU student wins chance to pitch clean energy technology to U.S. Department of Defense

David Smith pitched the inductive transmission technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2018 Allegheny Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition. Smith is the first WVU student to participate in a regional CUP event, which is held annually during Carnegie Mellon University’s Energy Week. The event provides the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs the chance to obtain funding and educational support for commercializing their innovations. 

He is the liaison between WVU and Square Line Products, the company that sought help defining industries in which they could place their products. Over the course of several months, WVU recommended three areas of manufacturing: electric vehicle charging, drone charging and personal device charging. Steve Cutright, director of B&E’s BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was instrumental in developing the partnership between Smith and Square Line Power.

Exponent Telegram: China energy deal slated to have positive impact on North Central West Virginia

West Virginia University Energy Institute Director Brian Anderson led the conversation with a speech at the summit, detailing specific advantages and assets that the region has to offer.

“We have, in North Central West Virginia, a lot of natural gas resources,” Anderson said. “There have been some natural gas power plants in various stages of development here in North Central West Virginia. That’s one of the things that could certainly affect the area.”

"Energy and Its Implications" one of seven new courses chosen for Honors College Faculty Fellows Program

 Standing from left to right: Elizabeth Cohen, Roger Carpenter, Sara Anderson, Derek Johnson, Jay Malarcher  Seated: Beth Toren, Earl Glock

Standing from left to right: Elizabeth Cohen, Roger Carpenter, Sara Anderson, Derek Johnson, Jay Malarcher.  Seated: Beth Toren, Earl Glock

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - What can comedy tell us about who we are and how we think? How can popular science fiction stories teach us about our anxieties around technology? What does the Federal Reserve actually do? What does it mean to be a caring person? These are just a few of the questions that honors students will investigate in new, innovative courses designed by the next cohort of Honors Faculty Fellows at West Virginia University

Standing from left to right: Elizabeth Cohen, Roger Carpenter, Sara Anderson, Derek Johnson, Jay Malarcher.  Seated: Beth Toren, Earl Glock

WVU researchers win inaugural R&D grant from AVEVA

 WVU's Richard Turton and Fernando Lima will use an AVEVA grant to focus on the research and development of next-generation engineering desgin and simulation software.
WVU's Richard Turton and Fernando Lima will use an AVEVA grant to focus on the research and development of next-generation engineering design and simulation software.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University is one of only two universities worldwide selected to receive a research and development program award from AVEVA, a leader in engineering and industrial software. The first-of-its-kind award will be used to focus on the research and development of next-generation engineering design and simulation software.

Governor’s Awards promote energy efficiency and smart manufacturing at West Virginia’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day

 Governor's Awards at the 2018 West Virginia’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day

Eagle Manufacturing Company and Bimbo Bakeries USA were presented with Governor’s Awards as inspirational businesses. The awards were co-sponsored by the Governor’s Office and WVU’s TransTech Energy Research and Business Development Program. Erika Bailey, director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, presented the awards.  

WVU national moot court competition to tackle liquefied natural gas problem

The competition problem this year involves a liquefied natural gas facility, and whether an analysis of the environmental impacts requires consideration of the greenhouse gases that will be released when the natural gas is ultimately combusted in its foreign destination. 

“The problem also raises issues about the government’s responsibility under the public trust doctrine to preserve access to certain public resources and to clean air and water,” said James Van Nostrand, director of WVU’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.