Technical communication; teaching pedagogy; unconventional petroleum resources; energy and mineral resource policy.
Mike Schoen has a joint appointment as a Senior Instructor in Mining and Mineral Processing, and Chemical and Biological engineering. He is a petroleum engineer with corporate experience in oil and gas but also has an honours undergraduate and graduate degree in English. His teaching focus is the 2nd year, core engineering communication course that is required of all engineering undergraduates. In these courses he strives to provide a context based on students’ disciplines. APSC 201 is taught in a “blended” environment ( a mix of problem-based and team-based learning methodologies), but class time is mostly “flipped”, meaning that students work on practice and take-home assignments in-class and review class notes and readings on the CONNECT website at home.
He also coordinates and teaches MINE 488 Oil Sands processing, which is cross-listed with Chemical and Biological Engineering as CHBE 488. In the MINE department he teaches MINE 293 and MINE 393, 1-credit communication courses which are required for the 2nd year and 3rd year cohort respectively.
As well, he marks the CHBE 362 field trip report and gives guest lectures to the 3rd and 4th year CHBE cohorts on presentations for their 3rd year lab course and 4th year capstone design course. He teaches and administers the failure analysis module in the 1st year engineering course APSC 150.
As he tells students, he has a passion for oil and gas, which is why he is situated in mining and chemical engineering. For his “dream team” working on oil and gas drilling and completions, he would chose to have a mining and\or geological engineer because of their understanding of variability in mineralogy of source rock and rock mechanics for frack design; a chemical engineer because of their knowledge of diffusion through porous media; a mechanical engineer to optimize drilling processes; and an engineering physicist with a background in geophysics to help solve the problem of applied chemistry-finding petroleum sweet spots and breaking the bond of oil and gas molecules to rock.
His interests are in technical communication; teaching pedagogy; unconventional petroleum resources, specifically heavy oil, oil sands, and shale oil and gas; ghg emissions and carbon capture storage; mitigative measures for mature fine tailings and emergent SAGD technologies; energy and mineral resource policy; forecasts and supply demand scenarios for energy and mineral resource production and consumption worldwide.
APSC 201 Technical Communications (Mining)
CHBE 201 Technical Communications
MINE 488\CHBE 488 Heavy Oil Sand Mining and Processing
MINE 293 Seminar
MINE 393 Seminar
Society of Petroleum Engineers , Member
Canadian Association of Studies in Discourse and Writing, Member
Michael G. Schoen
The University of Texas at Austin, 1985, M.A.Sc.
The University of Texas at Austin, 1982, M.A
Simon Fraser University, 1979, B.A., Hons