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New research chair announced

Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering

By Jackey Locke

Chevron Canada Limited, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and Memorial University have announced a $1-million partnership to create the Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering at Memorial.

Under the arrangement, Chevron Canada and RDC will each invest $500,000 over the next five years in collaboration with Memorial University. Chevron Canada’s contribution will establish the chair position, while RDC’s investment will support building research capacity in the priority area of petroleum engineering through its Collaborative R&D program.

This partnership follows from the announcement earlier this year that Chevron Corporation had selected Memorial University to join its University Partnership Program (UPP), which provides support for higher education at more than 90 schools worldwide. Memorial University is currently the only Canadian university in the Chevron UPP.

Mark MacLeod, vice-president (Atlantic Canada), Chevron Canada, said he was confident the new Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering will strengthen the capacity for petroleum engineering research and academic programs at Memorial University.

The Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering will become an integral part of an established group of researchers and educators in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. The chair will establish, promote and focus his or her teaching and research program on petroleum engineering. The near-term goal of the chair position will be to develop the petroleum engineering capability within the current undergraduate programs.

The chair and associated research program will focus on one or more of the following areas: reservoir engineering, numerical simulation of reservoirs, complex well performance modeling and/or advanced well design and construction.