The speaker series is a regularly scheduled public event designed to tell the story of women’s participation in science and engineering.
We encourage interdisciplinary and intergenerational discussion and learning, and the series is an ideal opportunity to gather, share and learn.


Thursday, March 5th, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM NDT


IIC 2001 - The Innovation Hall, Inco Building, MUN 
230 Elizabeth Avenue
St. John's, NL A1B 3X9

Free parking in area 15B


Vesna Kerezi, Speaker Series Coordinator 
864-2484 or 727-7883 

The Road Less Travelled – A Woman’s Perspective on Oil and Gas Research with Dr. Lesley James

One of the first times I remember public speaking was during a school competition where I ended the speech with the Robert Frost poem entitled, “The Road Not Taken”. The career path I have taken is maybe deemed by some not conventional, less travelled, but it has certainly been full of twists and turns. This presentation will diverge down two paths, the first being somewhat of an introspective reflection on some of the defining choices I have made (and mistakes) that have led me to my current position – Assistant Professor and Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering. The second topic that I will discuss is the technical research that we conduct in the Hibernia Enhanced Oil Recovery Research Group. I will give some lessons learned, rules to live by or not, and finish with either a poetry reading or hopefully a discussion with you about oil and gas, enhanced oil recovery research, or more importantly making a rewarding career choice and being true to yourself.



 Dr. Lesley James  
Assisitant Professor, Process Engineering 
Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering, MUN 

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 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. Her research interests focus on sustainable oil production by increasing oil recovery rates through enhanced and improved oil recovery . Working closely with industry, Dr. James has recently commissioned a world class enhanced oil recovery laboratory at Memorial, which allows for fundamental and applied research and development in the area of enhanced and improved oil recovery. 

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. She 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.  


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