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Research

The McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering is home to an extensive research program that is supported by industry and government agencies. Undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in research programs alongside graduate students. In 1967, Kermit Brown, a former professor emeritus and member of the National Academy of Engineering, founded the university’s first consortium, Tulsa University Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP), when a full-scale drilling rig was utilized for research at the school’s north campus. TUDRP paved the way for the formation of other research consortia in the department, including the university’s largest cooperative venture, Tulsa University Fluid Flow Projects (TUFFP). Research spans the range of all three disciplines in petroleum engineering – reservoir, drilling, and production – which is reflected in the following consortia: