B.Sc. (Eng.) University of New Brunswick, M.Eng., PhD Waterloo
Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering
- Assistant Professor
Contact InformationPh: 709-864-2485
- Petroleum Engineering
Research InterestsEnhanced Oil Recovery, Improved Oil Recovery, Phase Behaviour, Offshore Oil & Gas, Process Engineering, Process Equipment Design, Business Process Engineering
Dr. Lesley James is an Assistant Professor and Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. Her research focuses on enhanced and improved oil recovery and her time is split between research, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in process engineering and oil and gas, and various committees and outreach.
Dr. James received her bachelor of applied science in chemical engineering and a diploma in technology management and entrepreneurship (1997) from the University of New Brunswick as well as a master's (2003) and PhD (2009) in chemical engineering, both from the University of Waterloo. Between degrees, Dr. James worked as a management consultant with Accenture for more than four years with work assignments in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Dr. James' research interests focus on sustainable oil production by increasing oil recovery rates through enhanced oil recovery (EOR). 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 has recently developed an enhanced oil recovery laboratory at Memorial, which will allow for fundamental research and development in the area of enhanced and improved oil recovery. Dr. James' research results have been presented at international conferences, including the Canadian International Petroleum Conference, Society of Core Analysts and Gordon Research Conferences.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. James has been actively involved in numerous committees and outreach opportunities. Within Memorial, Dr. James sits on numerous departmental committees, the Petroleum Engineering Program Development Committee, and is faculty mentor to the Student Society of Petroleum Engineers, and . Dr. James regularly promotes science and engineering through speaking engagements, giving tours on campus, and mentoring. Groups include the Women in Science and Engineering Student Summer Employment Program (WISE-SSEP), Stiletto's to Steel Toes, GO ENG Girl, Let's Talk Science, Shad Valley, Techsploration, Mining in Society and the Student Society of Petroleum Engineers. Dr. James is a Professional Engineer of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL), and is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Society of Core Analysts (SCA) and the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers (CSChE).http://www.engr.mun.ca/research/eor/