B.Sc. (Eng.) (University of New Brunswick), M.Eng., PhD (Waterloo), P.Eng.
- Petroleum Engineering
Enhanced Oil Recovery, Improved Oil Recovery, Phase Behaviour, Offshore Oil & Gas, Process Engineering, Process Equipment Design, Business Process Engineering
Dr. Lesley James is an Associate professor and former Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering in the Dept of Process Engineering at Memorial University. Dr. James’ research interests focus on sustainable oil production by increasing oil recovery rates through enhanced and improved oil recovery (EOR & IOR). Currently, her focus is on maximizing recovery from offshore Newfoundland and Labrador oil and gas fields through understanding the fluid-fluid and rock-fluid interactions and particularly examining miscible/near-miscible fluid injection and optimal EOR strategies for offshore production. Working closely with industry, Dr. James is currently working on the use of CO2 for offshore oil recovery from complex reservoirs, integrated operations for maximising oil recovery in remote harsh locations, water-alternating-gas (WAG) using produced natural gas for Hibernia, EOR screening and production optimisation for Hebron, and using Digital Oilfield technologies to increase production and reduce costs. Dr. James has been awarded the Society of Petroleum Engineer’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty and serves as mentor for the Student Society of Petroleum Engineers (SSPE), the Student Society of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), and the Student Metallurgy & Materials Society (MetSoc). Lesley is a Professional Engineer of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL), is a member and past-president of the Society of Core Analysts (SCA), a member and Atlantic section board member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), a member of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers (CSChE), and the American Society of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE).