Brian Anderson, former director of West Virginia University's Energy Institute, has joined the Department of Energy as director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
He succeeds Sean Plasynski, who now serves as NETL's deputy director and chief operating officer, the DOE said Friday.
The appointment continues Anderson's previous involvement with NETL, where he coordinated a study on methane hydrate reservoir.
Anderson founded the WVU's Energy Institute in 2014 to foster collaborative research and development of new technologies.
The former professor also coauthored a report on enhanced geothermal systems with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a member of various science organizations including AltaRock Energy's technical advisory board.