Sponsored Research Chairs
Faculty of Arts
Dr. Abdie Kazemipur, Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Culture Change in Rapidly Developing Modern Societies
Dr Abdie Kazemipur is the first Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Culture Change in Rapidly Developing Modern Societies.
A sociologist, Dr. Kazemipur comes to Memorial from the University of Lethbridge and is originally from Iran.
The mandate of the $2 million chair is to examine issues related to immigration and culture change. Dr. Kazemipur’s current SSHRC-funded project, Pathway to Prosperity, focuses on immigration retention and integration in smaller Canadian cities.
As Newfoundland and Labrador enters a new stage in its economic development, the ability to attract and retain new immigrants becomes of vital importance. Dr. Kazemipur’s research will assist the provincial government in advancing its immigration strategy. A representative from the provincial Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism sits on the project’s advisory board, as well.
In addition to Pathway to Prosperity, Dr. Kazemipur is embarking on a cross-disciplinary project with Dr. Jennifer Selby of the Department of Religious Studies dealing with the negotiation of identity among Muslims in St. John’s.
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Dr. Shawn Kenny, Wood Group Chair in Arctic and Cold Region Engineering
This industrial research chair is associated with the Ocean Engineering Research Centre in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and will benefit both undergraduate and post-graduate engineering students.
With exploration in the Arctic still in its infancy, Wood Group's objective is to develop cutting-edge technology for use in Arctic and cold regions for the oil and gas industry. Through the chair position, research will be conducted on pipeline design, construction and operations for northern regions.
The chair is sponsored by international energy services company, John Wood Group PLC (Wood Group) and the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Faisal Khan, Vale Research Chair in Process Risk and Safety Engineering
The 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.
Dr. Lesley James, Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering
The 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.
Faculty of Science
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.