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Faculty of Arts

Dr. Tony Fang is the newly appointed Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation at Memorial

The mandate of the $2-million chairis 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 recent 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.


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. 

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Hodjat Shiri, Wood Group Chair in Artcic and Cold Region 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.

Dr. Faisal Khan, Vale Research Chair in Process Risk and Safety Engineering

Dr. Faisal Khan, Vale Research Chair in Process Risk and Safety EngineeringThe Vale Research Chair in Process Risk and Safety Engineering will develop highly trained personnel to create expertise and knowledge in the important area of safety and risk engineering, particularly in process systems relevant to mineral extraction and oil and gas processing.

Dr. Khan will generate new data and develop advanced methodologies and models for risk assessment and design of safety measure for processing facilities. He will also develop expert tools for fault diagnosis and accident prevention in processing facilities, develop advanced systems for risk-based integrity management and loss prevention in harsh and remote operating conditions as well as develop novel methods for inherently safer process design and operations. 

The chair is supported by Vale, RDC and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). 


Dr. Lesley James, Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Lesley JamesThe Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering represents a new focus on upstream oil and gas research at Memorial University. Dr. Lesley 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 RDC.

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

Dr. Brian Veitch, Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas ResearchIn 2013, Dr. Brian Veitch was appointed as the Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research.

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,


Faculty of Science

Dr. Alison Malcolm, Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization 

Dr. Alison Malcolm, Chevron Chair in Reservoir CharacterizationDr. Malcolm, who will assume 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.


Dr. Stephen Piercey, NSERC-Altius Industrial Chair in Mineral Deposits

As the NSERC-Altius Industrial Chair in Mineral Deposits, Dr. Stephen Piercy will focus on understanding ore deposits associated with ancient volcanoes and sedimentary environments. Specifically, he will focus on understanding the formation of resources of copper, zinc, lead, gold, silver and uranium in these settings to create knowledge and research tools that may be transferable to industry and applied in the search for new resources. 

The chair is associated with the Department of Earth Sciences and is aimed at building the understanding of the formation and discovery of new mineral resources in both Newfoundland and Canada. 

Dr. Piercey's work will also ensure students are trained in field techniques and the application and acquisition of analytical data, leading to an integrated, holistic approach to understanding ore deposits.

This chair is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Altius Minerals Corporation and RDC.