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Ameri, Samuel

A portrait of Samuel Ameri


MRB 321A

Chairperson - Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering


  • B.S. Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering, West Virginia University, 1973
  • M.S. Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering, West Virginia University, 1976
  • Registered (Professional) Engineer in West Virginia

Samuel Ameri has served the oil and gas industry and WVU for more than four decades as a subject matter expert in O&G production, through teaching and mentoring, and with high-quality research. He has compiled an impressive record of publications across a wide spectrum of topics and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in well log interpretation for more than 35 years. He has been involved with externally funded research for the entirety of his academic career.

He is a leader in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) organization, having served as its chair and as a committee member for multiple annual conferences. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for ABET, the national accreditation agency for engineering and technology programs in the United States, and on a number of the organization’s committees. Ameri has been an elected member of the WVU Faculty Senate and has presided as chair over the Senate’s Student Rights and Responsibilities and Faculty Welfare committee. He has also chaired the Student Instruction Committee, served on WVU Athletic Council and Social Justice Advisory Committees, and is the longtime faculty advisor for the WVU SPE Student Chapter.

Ameri is also the recipient of numerous awards:

  • Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty by SPE in 2018
  • Outstanding Professor and Department Chair of the Year in 2016-17
  • PNGE Outstanding Professor in 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2015-2016
  • Outstanding Professor by WVU Mineral Resources Alumni Chapter in 2012
  • Outstanding Professor by WVU Student Board of Governors in 2012
  • Outstanding Mineral Resources Alumni by the WVU Mineral Resources Alumni Chapter in 2008
  • West Virginia Oil and Gas Man of the Year by West Virginia Independent Oil and Gas Association in 2007

Research Focus Areas

Energy Technologies

Research Interests

Reservoir Engineering 
Formation Evaluation 
Coalbed Methane Development

Teaching Interests

Well Log Interpretation 
Reservoir Engineering

Professional Societies

Registered Professional Engineer in West Virginia 
Pi Epsilon Tau, The Honor Society of Petroleum Engineering