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Russell School of Chemical Engineering

The Russell School of Chemical Engineering at TU equips engineering undergraduate students with the skills to solve industrial problems through progressive coursework, rigorous design projects and optional research. Graduate students are guided through advanced coursework and research projects to a more theoretical understanding of the field. Our faculty educates individuals to use chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering for the advancement of and solutions to social problems through technological innovation.

TU’s chemical engineering degree program is historically tied to the energy industry but because students are educated broadly in their approach to design problems, graduates establish careers in many different areas. Students are also well prepared for graduate studies in chemical engineering or in professional programs such as medicine, law or business.

As chemical engineering majors, students are encouraged to become members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Learn more about TU’s AIChE chapter.

Student Awards
  • Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Pass Rate: 96% Fall 2013, 100% Fall 2014
  • AIChE, Mid-America Regional Chemical-powered car competition: 2nd Place 2010, 1st Place 2012, 1st Place 2013, Most Creative Drive Train 2013
  • AIChE, National chemical-powered car competition, 1st Place Distance 2004 and 2013
  • First World Champions, Chemical-powered car competition, International Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2005
  • AIChE, Othmer Scholarship Award, Top 15 nationwide chemical engineering students, 2011 and 2013
  • Goldwater Scholarship, 2012 and 2 in 2013
  • NSF Graduate Fellowship, 2010, 2011, and 2013
  • Tau Beta Pi Fellow, one of 25 nationwide, 2013
  • CH2M HILL Engineers Without Borders – USA Scholarship, Top 10 nationwide EWB-USA students, 2013
  • Recent Undergraduate Student Publications: 1 in 2013 and 4 in 2014
Our Faculty

The Russell School of Chemical Engineering is currently composed of nine tenured/tenure track faculty members. These professors specialize in a diverse range of research areas, which includes delayed coking, renewable fuels, and process optimization.

  • 2 Fellows, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award: 1986, 1994, 2010, 2013
  • Kermit E. Brown Award for Teaching Excellence: 1995, 2004, 2014
  • University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award: 1995, 2013
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Excellence in Teaching Award: 2006
  • Zelimir Schmidt Award for Research Excellence: 1991, 2013
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (NSF CAREER) Award: 2011
  • American Society for Engineering Education (Midwest Section): Outstanding Teaching Award:1999; Outstanding Service Award: 2004
  • Nature Conservancy Award for Stewardship: 2000
  • R.H. Hunt Silver Medalist for Best Paper in Transactions of the Metallurgical Society , American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineering: 1969