MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A chemical engineering professor at West Virginia University is being honored by President Obama for his work.
Officials say Brian Anderson has been selected as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.
It is the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.
The Ripley native was nominated for the award by the Department of Energy.
Anderson has conducted extensive research in the areas of natural gas hydrates, thermodynamic modeling and sustainable energy and development in the area of geothermal systems.
He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from WVU in 2000, and master's and doctoral degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2005, respectively.