Engineering and applied science opens a major new R&D centre for offshore engineering
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has officially opened a new research centre dedicated to ocean/offshore engineering research and development.
The new Suncor Energy Offshore Research and Development Centre – an expansion to the S.J. Carew (Engineering) Building – will provide engineering research teams with a new 11,700-square-foot building extension to collaborate with industry partners and other organizations, nationally and internationally. The centre was made possible with an investment of $4.8 million from the Research and Development Corporation (RDC) and $2 million from Suncor Energy through Memorial’s Dare To fundraising campaign.
“We are thrilled to have this new space that allows our researchers and their teams to expand their collaborations with local and global partners in offshore technology research and development,” said Dr. Greg Naterer, dean of engineering and applied science. “We truly appreciate the support from Suncor Energy and RDC and value our relationships with industry partners. We look forward to many years of conducting leading edge research in the centre and educating future leaders.”
The centre will serve to integrate various research and development entities in the local innovation ecosystem, including institutional, industrial and public sector researchers, and be instrumental in training highly qualified personnel for the offshore/ocean sectors.
Projects in the centre will focus on solving technical challenges facing offshore Newfoundland and Labrador activities. It is estimated that the new centre of expertise will help grow Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science R&D by $6 to 8 million per year over the next five years and will involve approximately 100 full-time equivalent researchers.
“Memorial University has some of the top researchers and expertise in the world in the areas of offshore engineering,” aid Dr. Kachanoski, Memorial’s president and vice-chancellor. “The Suncor Energy Offshore Research and Development Centre has created a collaborative space for faculty, graduate students and industry partners to advance their cutting-edge research and to further elevate Memorial’s status as a centre of expertise in offshore research and development.”