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Brian J. Anderson

Director of the WVU Energy Institute

Portrait of Brian Anderson

Director of the WVU Energy Institute

(304) 293-6631

Dr. Brian J. Anderson is the GE Plastics Materials Engineering Professor in chemical engineering at West Virginia University and Director of the WVU Energy Institute.

His research interests include molecular, reservoir, and multi-scale modeling applied to energy and biomedical systems.

A native of Ripley, West Virginia, Dr. Anderson is widely regarded as among the top energy research professionals in the country. He is frequently lauded for his focus on and contributions to richer and cleaner sources of energy, energy security, scientific leadership and research excellence. In 2012, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the US Government on emerging scientists and engineers. He was also recently featured on the “Inspiring West Virginians” radio series by West Virginia Public Broadcasting.


Dr. Anderson’s distinguished career has also included numerous other awards, recognitions and prominent service positions, including;

  • Service as a National Energy Technology Laboratory Faculty Fellow;
  • Receiving a Secretary Honor Achievement Award, U.S. Department of Energy;
  • Being appointed by President Obama to the Flow Rate Technical Group, a team spanning multiple National Laboratories that worked in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill;
  • Serving on the technical advisory board of AltaRock Energy and as a member of the DOE Geothermal Strategic Planning and Analysis Working Group;
  • Receiving the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources New Researcher of the Year in 2007;
  • Service on the National Academy of Science's 2010 Frontiers of Engineering Education Workshop;
  • Receiving the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Teacher of the Year Award;
  • Giving the keynote address at the inaugural 2010 Gordon Research Conference on Gas Hydrates; and
  • Cofounding the National Geothermal Academy.

Dr. Anderson received his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2000 at WVU and his MS and PhD in chemical engineering from MIT in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

Outside of his energy research and business pursuits, he is an accomplished vocalist.  While at MIT, he was a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in and he currently sings with the Mendelssohn Choir in Pittsburgh.