MORGANTOWN -- Timothy Carr, a professor in West Virginia University's Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the college's first Miller Energy Professor.
The Marshall S. Miller Energy Professorship in Geology was created through an endowment from WVU alumnus Marshall S. Miller.
Miller's endowment provides funds for the creation of a professorship in geology for distinguished teaching, research and service in the Department of Geology and Geography in the Eberly College. The professorship's focus is energy exploration and development, particularly that dealing with fossil fuels. Among the responsibilities of the Miller Energy Professor are recruiting graduate students interested in the energy field and providing key academic leadership for those students.
"This endowment from Mr. Miller represents a tremendous contribution and commitment to the geology program here at WVU," said Trevor Harris, Eberly Professor of Geology and chair of the Department of Geology and Geography. "We have greatly valued the vision, wisdom and advice that he has provided us in the past about the future of energy geology in general and at WVU in particular."
"I am honored to be appointed as the first Marshall S. Miller Energy Professor at WVU," Carr said. "Marshall Miller has made a significant contribution to energy production and research. Energy is among the key issues of this century for West Virginia, the United States and our world."
Miller is the founder of Marshall Miller and Associates, one of the nation's most successful engineering and geological consulting firms. He is the author of more than 25 professional publications on geophysical, geological and engineering topics, including a book on geological mapping and modeling in southwestern Virginia.
He has also been recognized for his success in business and his commitment to the community. In 2006, he was named to the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and was awarded an honorary degree from the University. The WVU Department of Geology and Geography presented Miller with the Alumni Professional Achievement Award in 1995.
In 2004, he was awarded the Robert Hamilton Award for Community Service. He has also been inducted into the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame and the WVU Business Hall of Fame.
Miller received the Society of Mining Engineers Distinguished Member Award in 1997 and the National Distinguished Award in 2000. He was also selected by the Society of Mining Engineers as one of five distinguished lecturers for the Henry Krumb Lecture Series in 2004 and 2005.
In addition, Miller was named the Merrill Lynch and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine, and he was recognized as the Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America. In 2002, he served as a panelist and adviser to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Miller is a member of the advisory board for the Eberly College and serves as a member and past president of the board of directors for the WVU Foundation. He co-founded the Bluefield Area Foundation and founded the Marshall Miller Foundation, of which he is currently president. Miller earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in geology from WVU in 1965 and 1973, respectively.
Carr came to WVU in August.His current projects include research and public service efforts in the areas of subsurface petroleum geology and geophysics, energy systems, greenhouse gas sequestration and environmental geology, and developing online information systems to improve public access to petroleum information and technology.
Prior to coming to WVU, Carr worked for the Kansas Geological Survey as chief of the Energy Research Section and as senior scientist for the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas. He was also co-director of the Energy Research Center and courtesy professor in the University of Kansas Department of Geology.
His experience also includes 13 years with Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), where he worked in a number of research, operations and management positions. At ARCO, Carr was involved in both exploration and development projects in locations including Alaska, the North Sea, East Greenland, California and Kansas.
Carr has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, a master's in geology from Texas Tech University and a doctorate in geology from the University of Wisconsin.
The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, a private nonprofit corporation that generates and provides support for WVU.
For more information on the dedication or the Marshall Miller Professorship, contact Rudolph Almasy, associate dean of the Eberly College, at 304-293-4611 or Rudy.Almasy@mail.wvu.edu.