MORGANTOWN -- West Virginia University professor Samuel Ameri was recently named the 2007 Oil and Gas Man of the Year.

Ameri is chair and professor of the WVU Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

He will be honored with a plaque during a luncheon at the historical First Presbyterian Church during the 39th annual West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival in Sistersville on Sept. 15, said Barbara Vincent, secretary-treasurer of the festival's board of directors.

Ameri also will serve as grand marshal of the festival parade that morning. The festival runs Sept. 13-16.

Ameri was nominated for the award by the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, Inc. (IOGA West Virginia), Vincent said, and the nomination was approved this summer by the festival board.

The festival is a member of the IOGA-a statewide non-profit trade association representing companies engaged in the extraction and production of natural gas and oil in West Virginia, as well as the companies and individuals which support extraction activities.

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