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Aminian recognized by Society of Petroleum Engineers for exemplary service

A portrait of Kashy Aminian

Kashy Aminian, Charles T. Holland professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, has been awarded the 2020 Society of Petroleum Engineers Regional Service Award. (WVU Photo/Paige Nesbit)


An engineer at West Virginia University has been recognized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) for their exemplary service and devotion to regional program development.

Kashy Aminian, Charles T. Holland professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, has been awarded the SPE 2020 Regional Service Award.

The award acknowledges exceptional contributions to SPE at the section or regional level and recognizes singular devotion of time and effort to the programs and development of the member’s section and region that set it apart from the services rendered each year by many members of the society.

Aminian has been a member of SPE for 38 years. Throughout his membership, he has served on multiple technical program committees and served as a representative of SPE on the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Engineering Accreditation Commission.

Today, Aminian contributes to the society by serving on the SPE Accreditation Advisory Committee, Technical Editorial Board, and as an officer of the SPE northern West Virginia section.

“This is a recognition by my peers, who, like me, are striving to improve the dissemination of technical knowledge to engineers in the industry,” Aminian said. “I am honored to be selected for this award.”

Aminian started his career as a reservoir engineer for Michigan Consolidated Gas Company. He joined the faculty at WVU in 1983 after earning his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.

His research activities and interests include unconventional natural gas resource development, reservoir characterization and coalbed methane. Aminian also serves as coordinator and treasurer for the North American Coalbed Methane Forum.

In March, Coal Bed Methane: Theories and Applications, Second Edition, a textbook co-authored by Aminian, was published. The second edition captures the full lifecycle of a coal bed methane well and offers petroleum geologists and engineers a single source for a broad range of coal bed methane applications.

“I am proud of Dr. Aminian’s accomplishments and my heartfelt congratulations and a sincere thank you to his extended and valued contributions to WVU and the Society of Petroleum Engineers,” said Sam Ameri, chairperson of the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.

SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. The global society boasts more than 153,000 members in 143 countries.



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