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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation 

Dr. Tony Fang

Dr. Tony Fang is the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation.

The mandate of the $2-million chair is to promote research in the areas of global and local cultures, immigration, diasporas, demographic change and strategies for immigration retention and integration.

These areas directly align with Dr. Fang’s research interests and accomplishments, which include a role as the domain leader in economic and labour market integration at Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement–Ontario Metropolis Centre and a recent stint as president of the Chinese Economists Society.

Dr. Fang comes to Memorial University from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. 

Dr. Fang's appointment was announced in Jan. 2015.

 

Faculty of Business Administration

Dr. Jeffrey Pittman, Research Chair in Corporate Governance and Transparency

Dr. Jeffrey Pittman, Research Chair in Corporate Governance and TransparencyThe chair in corporate governance and transparency reflects the importance the Faculty of Business Administration places on corporate governance and accountability research and teaching. Besides teaching excellence, the chair conducts research projects on the determinants of sound corporate governance practices that are grounded in prior theory and evidence from various disciplines.

A major focal point of the chair’s research activities will be identifying auditing, tax, financial reporting and other monitoring mechanisms that strengthen corporate governance. The chair in corporate governance and transparency will lead the continued development of Canadian expertise in governance and will bring together expertise from other parts of Memorial University within the theme of corporate governance and public policy.

The chair is funded through a contribution from the Power Corporation of Canada to Memorial's Dare To campaign.

Dr. Pittman's appointment was announced in April 2013.

 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Ray Gosine, Dr. J.I. Clark Chair for Operations in Harsh Environments

Dr. Ray GosineThe J.I. Clark Chair for Operations in Harsh Environments honours the continuing achievement of Dr. J.I. (Jack) Clark, an accomplished contributor to the field of geotechnical engineering who, during his time as C-CORE president (1984-1997), originated the Harsh Environments Initiative and the Intelligent Systems group. The chair is a collaboration between C-CORE and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Intelligent systems include computers, robots and sensors that perceive, reason and act in ways similar in function to humans. Advances in intelligent systems support industrial development in harsh environments and in applications where it is not feasible for humans to manufacture products or process materials.

The chair reinforces Memorial University and C-CORE as leaders in intelligent systems research and development while providing support to the growing number of Newfoundland technology companies that actively develop intelligent systems technologies.

Dr. Gosine's appointment was announced in Feb. 2001.

 

Dr. Enamul Hossain, Statoil Chair in Reservoir Engineering

Dr. Enamul HossainStatoil and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) are each contributing $500,000 over a five-year period to this chair.

Dr. Enamul Hossain's appointment was announced in May 2016.

The research chair will expand research and educational initiatives and mentor master’s and doctoral students to become highly-qualified personnel in the area of reservoir engineering.

Dr. Hossain will focus on reservoir engineering, management, characterization, simulation, subsurface drilling and new technologies in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

 

Dr. Lesley James, Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Lesley JamesDr. Lesley James' appointment was announced in Feb. 2012.

The Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering represents a new focus on upstream oil and gas research at Memorial University. Dr. James will be leading this effort through a world-class program of applied research.

Her research, which is largely focused on enhanced oil recovery (EOR), aims to improve the percentage of oil recovered from petroleum reservoirs. Extending the production life of a field through EOR, and maximizing those valuable resources, will yield tremendous benefits for both industry and the province. EOR is field specific and, coupled with the challenges of remote offshore locations, is s a very exciting area of research

As the Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering, Dr. James will research ways to maximize the recovery of oil from offshore Newfoundland and Labrador fields based on an understanding of their fluid-fluid and rock-fluid interactions. Dr. James will be bringing locally relevant, real-world data and industry challenges into the classroom and teaching laboratory.

This chair is supported by Chevron Canada Limited and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Dr. Hodjat Shiri, Wood Group Chair in Arctic and Harsh Environment Engineering

Dr. Hodjat ShiriThe industrial research chair in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will benefit both undergraduate and post-graduate engineering students.

With the Arctic and cold regions a strategically important and challenging area of future industry development, Wood Group’s objective is to develop enabling technology and environmentally robust solutions for offshore oil & gas developments in these regions.

Wood Group is investing $500,000 to sponsor the chair over the next five-year period in collaboration with Memorial University. Over the past five years, Wood Group’s similar investment has been leveraged by government and other funding agencies to enable additional research to be performed through the Chair program.

In his role, Dr. Shiri will pursue innovative research, development and applications for engineering in Arctic and harsh environments. His appointment was announced in July 2015.

 

Dr. Rocky Taylor, Centre for Arctic Resource Development (CARD) Chair in Ice Mechanics

Dr. Rocky TaylorDr. Rocky Taylor's appointment was announced in March 2014.

The chair is funded by the Centre for Arctic Resource Development (CARD), a centre of excellence for medium- to long-term Arctic research and development. CARD was founded by the Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering (C-CORE) in 2011 with a core funding of $12.5 million over five years from the Hibernia and Terra Nova projects. The new chair will be funded using $500,000 over five years from the CARD program.

Building upon one of the three streams in CARD’s five-year research and development plan, the CARD Chair in Ice Mechanics will work in partnership with CARD and industry to establish, promote, maintain and seek additional funding to grow a world-class research program that will strengthen Memorial’s research capability involving ice loads on offshore structures and challenges associated with Arctic oil and gas development.

Dr. Taylor will lead research programs, build a team of full-time researchers and graduate students and develop collaborative relationships with other academic and industry-based researchers. Dr. Taylor will also contribute to a strong academic program in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, supervising student projects and theses and providing academic and professional service.

 

Dr. Brian Veitch, Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research

Dr. Brian VeitchIn Jan. 2013, Dr. Brian Veitch's appointment as the Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research was announced.

The $2.5-million endowment for the Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research was initiated in 2003 by Husky Energy. The current focus of the chair is to undertake an innovative research program in offshore oil and gas research, with particular emphasis on offshore engineering for harsh ocean and arctic environments.

Dr. Veitch plans to work in partnership with Husky Energy to develop an interdisciplinary research, development and innovation program focused on offshore engineering. The aim is to create an exciting teaching and learning environment for students and researchers alike, with the ultimate goal of having positive, practical impact on the industry.

 

Dr. Sohrab Zendehboudi, Statoil Chair in Reservoir Analysis

Dr. Sohrab Zendehboudi

Statoil and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) are each contributing $500,000 over a five-year period to this chair.

Dr. Sohrab Zendehboudi's appointment was announced in May 2016.

The research chair will expand research and educational initiatives and mentor master’s and doctoral students to become highly-qualified personnel in the area of reservoir analysis.

In his role, Dr. Zendehboudi will examine long-term and optimal oil recovery methods from the province’s reservoirs, with a focus on efficient reservoir characterization methods as well as optimized oil production from complex offshore fields. 

 

Faculty of Science

Dr. Alison Malcolm, Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization 

Dr. Alison Malcolm, Chevron Chair in Reservoir CharacterizationDr. Malcolm, who assumed the position in summer 2014, will establish an applied research program relevant to petroleum geology and geophysics, with special emphasis on integrated reservoir characterization. This field covers a broad area of activities, involving the determination of reservoir architecture, establishing geologic flow units, constructing reservoir models and identifying petroleum reserve growth potential.

As the Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization, Dr. Malcolm will work to help reduce reservoir uncertainty in support of improving the predicted oil in place, static and dynamic reservoir models, production performance and ultimate recovery.

A five-year, $1-million partnership to provide funding for the position is being created by Chevron Canada Limited, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and Memorial.

Dr. Malcolm's appointment was announced in June 2013