Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has launched two new graduate programs, Master of Applied Science in Oil and Gas Engineering and Master of Engineering Management. Both professional programs were approved in November 2008 and January 2009 respectively by the Memorial University Senate, the university’s governing body on academic affairs, with the first group of students starting these programs in September 2009.
The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program combines education in management with advanced technical training in the student’s field of interest. The program draws upon graduate courses in the faculties of engineering and business. The program is designed for engineering graduates to gain advanced knowledge in their field of engineering and formal training in business, such that they may enhance their participation in their firm’s development as part of the current knowledge economy.
Dr. Amy Hsiao is the program chair and is excited about the collaboration with the Faculty of Business Administration.
“Memorial is one of a few North American universities to offer a master’s degree in engineering management, which is quite innovative. We are leaders in recognizing that engineers can complement their technical expertise with relevant management skills, and this program is a result of responding to the interests of engineers working in technology-based industries regionally,” said Dr. Hsiao.
The MEM program consists of five courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, five courses in the Faculty of Business Administration, and a two-course project.
The Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Oil and Gas Engineering program provides the latest technical knowledge on upstream, production, and downstream aspects of oil and gas engineering. The program also addresses serious issues faced by oil and gas industries, such as sustainable development, environmental protection, risk, reliability and safety. In addition, the program covers drilling engineering, the phase behaviour of petroleum fluid, production engineering, compact process equipment design, offshore environmental operations, and natural gas engineering.
The program chair, Dr. Faisal Khan, is excited because this program will help to satisfy the needs of the oil and gas industry within the province.
“This program aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced and possible solutions for safe and clean oil and gas operations in harsh climates, such as offshore Newfoundland. Along with conventional oil and gas courses such as petroleum production, advanced reservoir engineering, the program has unique courses such as advanced safety and risk engineering, natural gas engineering, and environmental management in offshore oil and gas operation. The program also involves two term research projects, which provide students with an opportunity to practice the concepts learned in the classroom on real life problems,” explained Dr. Khan.
The MASc program in oil and gas engineering takes 14 months to complete.
“The two professional programs are designed to prepare engineering graduates to become future industry leaders,” explained Dr. John Quaicoe, dean, pro tempore, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
The curriculum of the engineering management program combines the management principles of an MBA program with quantitative and analytical tools to prepare the technical engineering professional to address complex business problems, while the oil and gas engineering program seeks to prepare engineering professionals with the depth of knowledge to develop innovative solutions to the global challenges of sustainability, health, safety, and environmental issues in the oil and gas industry.”