An assistant professor in the West Virginia University Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is the recipient of the 2014 American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award.

Ebrahim Fathi, assistant professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, received the award, which was established in 1945 in honor of one of the institute’s founders and honorary members. It recognizes the best paper published by AIME societies’ members where the lead author is under 35 years of age.

Fathi’s paper, “Multiscale Gas Transport in Shales with Local Kerogen Heterogeneities,” was published in the “Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal” and introduces a new mathematical formulation to model and history match gas-permeation measurements in the laboratory using organic-rich shale core plugs.

“This award means a lot to me and I am so honored and delighted to be recognized as a recipient,” Fathi said. “I have excelled in my research and teaching with great help from the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at WVU.”

The award will be presented on October 28, during the Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Fathi received his doctorate in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 2010. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in exploration of petroleum and mining engineering from Iran’s Tehran University. Fathi is a member of SPE and the American Society for Engineering Education. He serves as a technical reviewer for the “SPE journal” and received the SPE Outstanding Technical Editor Award in 2013.