Douglas G. Patchen has been elected to the national board of directors for the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council.

Dr. Patchen is chief geologist with the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey and director of the PTTC Appalachian Region Resource Center and Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium at West Virginia Universitys National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

The PTTC is a not-for-profit national organization that educates independent oil and gas producers about new and proven technology for enhancing oil and gas recovery in the U.S.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy with additional funding from participating universities, the PTTC operates 10 regional resource centers at universities in cooperation with state geological surveys. The Appalachian center has conducted more than 90 technology workshops during the last decade for industries interested in the seven-state region encompassing New York to Tennessee.