Dr. Shehla Arif to Present Oil-sands to Pipelines: Engineering Insights

February 24, 2017

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Dr. Shehla Arif, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Mount Union, is set to give the LINC presentation at noon on Tuesday, February 28 in the Newbold Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. She will present “Oil-sands to Pipelines: Engineering Insights.”

Arif’s presentation discusses the technical aspects of extracting oil from tar sands in Canada and transporting it through the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipelines. The pipelines are a hot-button issue at the moment because Native Americans, environmentalists, and human rights advocates oppose the construction of the pipelines. Their argument is that the pipelines will damage water resources and the treaty lands. The United States government believes that the pipelines would create jobs and reduce American dependence on foreign oil supplies. The pipeline issue is controversial and Dr. Arif will offer a technical insight, providing a much-needed engineering perspective on a subject bearing environmental consequences.

Arif earned a B.E. with honors in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan. She then received her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania before attending Northwestern University where she received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Arif has been a Schlumberger Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and has been a consultant for GRNE Solutions LLC. Dr. Arif has also published numerous articles with other scholars in her field of study.

Lunch begins at noon in the Newbold Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. The program will begin at 12:20 p.m. and end at 1 p.m. Each event costs $10 to attend. Advanced reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Angi Swonger at (330) 823-6063 or linc@mountunion.edu. 

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