MUN to build process engineering lab

University shares cost with Chevron, provincial R and D corporation

Published on February 20, 2010
Faisal Khan, associate professor in the faculty of engineering and applied science at Memorial University, gives an overview of what the new Process Engineering Design and Research Laboratory will look during its announcement Friday morning. -Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

With a trio of funding contributions amounting to $150,000, a new process engineering design and research lab is to be built at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The university had previously set aside building space in the Inco Innovation Centre at its St. John's campus for the lab, said acting university president Dr. Christopher Loomis.

With a trio of funding contributions amounting to $150,000, a new process engineering design and research lab is to be built at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The university had previously set aside building space in the Inco Innovation Centre at its St. John's campus for the lab, said acting university president Dr. Christopher Loomis.

Now, with a $50,000 contribution each from the university, Chevron and the Research and Development Corp. of Newfoundland and Labrador, the lab can be properly outfitted.

Acting chair of process engineering at Memorial, Dr. Faisal Khan, presented the plans for the laboratory space at the Inco Innovation Centre on Friday.

"Process engineering is a discipline of engineering which focuses on transforming the natural resources into the valuable product," said Khan. He said the specialty looks at ways to make the transformation from raw material to valuable commodity (be it for, say, oil or gold) more efficient, environmentally benign and more economically feasible.

The $150,000 available for Memorial's newest lab will pay for needed computer hardware, said Khan. It will also pay for required software and support initial research and design projects at the lab, through financial stipends for selected research students.

The laboratory is to be used by a process engineering team that mixes undergraduate, graduate and co-op students under a research engineer.

Atlantic Canada manager for Chevron Canada, Mark MacLeod, said there were no provisions placed on Chevron's contributions to the laboratory.

"There are no restrictions on what the money is used for. In general it's to support students, to support the lab itself," said MacLeod.

The lab is expected to be up and running by September.

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com