Dr. Michael Lipsett: "Oilsands 101"

Apr. 6, 2009


Event Information

When Monday, April 6, 2009 @ 5:00pm
Where University of Alberta, MEC 2-1


Energy Club Mini Lecture Series

Topics to be discussed in the Oil Sands 101 lecture:
  • What are the oilsands?
  • Current production methods
  • Proven Canadian oilsands reserves
  • Global oil demand
  • Technology development opportunities
  • Optimizing existing operations
  • Other challenges in the oilsands industry such as:
    • Water
    • Emissions
    • Energy
    • Cost control in commodity market
    • Sustainable operational performance
    • Environmental reclamation



Dr. Michael Lipsett

Mechanical Engineering Professor, U of A

Dr. Lipsett is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Alberta, with research interests in the reliability of energy systems and the development of new equipment and processes. He is currently working on integrated oilsands systems, an area that combines systems modeling and analysis, reliability engineering, and classification techniques. He is also interested in robotic systems for remote and hazardous environments, and making industrial processes more sustainable.

Before coming to U of A, Dr. Lipsett was an industrial researcher in oilsands processes for Syncrude Canada Ltd., including mining automation and extraction processes. Prior to that, he did reliability research, and developed remote tooling and robotic systems, for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL).


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