Shahab D. Mohaghegh
Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering
West Virginia University
345-E Mineral Resources Bldg.
P. O. Box 6070
Morgantown, WV 26506
Teaching: Teaching is one of the main missions of the university and
an enjoyable part of the job.
I have been blessed with having many wonderful students during my career, who have enriched my life.
Most are quite successful individuals and hold important positions in the industry. Their success
is what makes it all worthwhile.
Research: The challenge of solving complex problems
through developing novel tools and methodologies.
The intrigue of developing the next killer application for the industry that would make our practices more efficient, and
that can enable us to better understand the complexities of nature, thousands of feet underground.
Research and development are an integrated part of university's mission.
Since 1991, I have concentrated on the application of intelligent systems (neural networks, genetic algorithms,
and fuzzy logic) in petroleum engineering. Dealing with nature's complexity and non-linearity requires us to
think outside of the box and not to be reluctant to utilize new techniques.
It certainly took a while, but it seems that our industry is finally embracing this exciting technology.
Starting with simple neural network applications, we now use hybrid systems to perform data mining, knowledge
discovery and data-knowledge fusion tasks for the oil and gas industry. This is the technology that will
finally realize the promises of smart fields.
Service: Reviewing technical papers for the journals, serving in national and international professional
committees, teaching short courses to industry professionals, also, serving in the departmental,
college, and university committees, and providing consulting services to the industry.
That pretty much sums it all up.