Speaking of Engineering Public Lectures

Thank you for your interest in the Speaking of Engineering Lecture Series.

The public lecture series promotes engineering and raises awareness of engineering-related issues among students, the academic community and the general public, which we feel is very important.

The series is an initiative of Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and is co-sponsored by the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL). PEGNL is an invaluable asset to our program and our graduates and we are honoured to partner with them on this lecture series.


The next public lecture is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 at 7 p.m. on Memorial's St. John's campus in the Fortis Angus Bruneau Engineering Lecture Theatre, rm. EN2006.

Title: The role of carbon capture utilization and storage in green energy transition

As part of Science Literacy Week, you are invited to learn about the concepts of carbon capture and its use and storage.

A panel of Memorial University professors will explain different technologies and their advantages and disadvantages, as well as scientific and engineering principles.

They will also highlight what’s applicable to different regions in Canada and share some of the latest research being performed in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Panelists include Dr. Lesley James, Department of Process Engineering; Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, Department of Process Engineering; Dr. Kristin Poduska, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography; and Dr. Michael Katz, Department of Chemistry.

Hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial and the Professional Engineers & Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador, this event for Let’s Talk Science Week will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. (NT) in the Engineering building, room EN2006.

All are welcome. Free parking in lot 60. Reception to follow talk.


Dr. Lesley James

Dr. James is a professor of process engineering focused on Newfoundland and Labrador natural resource development and energy. Fundamentally, Dr. James focuses on understanding the fluid-fluid and fluid-rock interactions of multiphase flow in porous media from molecular to field scale. She works on multidisciplinary teams and collaborates with industry on the fundamentals used to solve locally relevant challenges such as sustainable, enhanced lower carbon offshore oil production and carbon storage.

Dr. Kelly Hawboldt

Dr. Hawboldt is a chemical engineer and a professor in the Department of Process Engineering. She is committed to helping Canadians produce, use and conserve resources while protecting the environment. Dr. Hawboldt focuses on engaging regions in the “circular economy” through the creation of processes and products in regions where infrastructure, distance-to-market, low volumes and highly diverse feedstock require innovative and integrated approaches. She works with a multi-disciplinary group of chemists, biochemist and ocean scientists to develop green processes and products that “fit” regional needs and abilities, ensuring remote and rural regions can be sustainably developed.

Dr. Michael Katz

Dr. Katz is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Katz’s research is focused on the synthesis, properties and applications of porous materials. In particular, he is focused on understanding how porous materials can be used to store, separate and/or utilize environmentally harmful gases. His research team is focused on understanding the underlying chemistry so that we can design better materials for these applications.

Dr. Kristin Poduska

Dr. Poduska is a professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography. She analyzes and re-designs carbon-based materials (carbonate minerals and graphite) to harness the benefits of their interactions with water. Dr Poduska leads and works with interdisciplinary teams to address research problems related to improving environmental sustainability, including their science and social justice aspects.

This lecture is part of Science Literacy Week.


In-person Speaking of Engineering public lectures take place at 7 p.m. Newfoundland time in the S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building, EN2006, with free parking in lot 60 (second floor of Alexander Murray (earth sciences) Building parking garage). Admission is free. All are welcome.

If you have questions about the next Speaking of Engineering Lecture, please contact:
Jackey Locke
Email: jackey.locke@mun.ca
Phone: 709-864-8287

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