Director of Petroleum Technology and Geology and Environmental Science Programs, Professor of Geology
Division of Physical and Computational Sciences
103E Fisher Hall
Degrees and Credentials:
University of Oklahoma
University of Texas
University of Tehran
University of Tehran
Dr. Panah is a Professor Geology and Environmental Science, and Director of the Department of Petroleum Technology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. He developed and launched a new curriculum for Petroleum Technology program in 2007. He has taught two innovative Pitt-Bradford Senior Colloquium courses entitled: "Living Dangerously," and “Globalization,” which covered controversial global and environmental issues and environmental problem solving techniques.
He developed and taught K-12 Teacher Enhancement program for NASA, under a six year grant from the Mission To Planet Earth, and NASA Earth Science Enterprise (1997-2002)
Dr. Panah developed and taught several new courses in the field of Geographic Information System (GIS), Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Geology, Environmental Geophysics, Introduction to Petroleum Industry, Environment and Safety, Petroleum Geology, Structural Geology—Tectonics, Mineralogy, Petrology, Field Geology, Renewable energy, Engineering Geology and Geophysical Prospecting.
Dr. Panah has been named twice a Fulbright Scholar, and he is the recipient of three NASA Earth Science Enterprise grants for period of six years. Dr. Panah was an invited Regional Leader for a NSF Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement (UFE) Program (2000-2005) where he was one of 15 leaders nationwide.
Dr. Panah is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA). He is Board member of the North Central Region Mathematics/Science Education Collaborative of Pennsylvania; Board member and Webmaster of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science; member of The Twin Tier Challenger Learning Center Organization (TTCLCO), Olean, New York; and member of the University of Pittsburgh Research Council (URC) (1989-2003).
Dr. Panah served as President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science for 1998-2000. He served as Secretary of the National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS) 2000-2002; President-Elect of the NAAS 2002-2003 and President of the NAAS 2003-2004. Dr. Panah is recipient of Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the mission and goals of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science (2000), and the National Association of Academies of Science (2004).
Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:
Dr. Panah has published 61 articles in the fields of Geology, Environmental Science, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Telemetry using GPS in Wildlife Diseases Investigation, and Renewable Energy. He is co-editor (and co-author of chapters) of four books by the Pennsylvania Academy of Science entitled: The Oceans: Physical Chemical Dynamics and Human Impact (1994); Renewable Energy: Trends and Prospects (2002); and Science, Technology and National Security (2002), and Wildlife Diseases - landscape epidemiology and spatial distribution of wildlife diseases using remote sensing, geographic Information Systems and GPS (2005).