Research

Whalen ResearchResearch is the lifeblood of modern graduate programs and a defining element of an institution’s character.

The University of Tulsa research projects and graduate programs incorporate a set of core values that reflect the University’s mission statement and educational goals:

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Leading the Nation in Information Security

Since 1996, TU’s computer science faculty and staff have produced some of the country’s leading professionals in information security, digital forensics, Internet security, and telecommunications security.

The University of Tulsa’s leadership in information security education and research is well established and unique in its breadth and depth. TU’s Cyber Corps and Institute for Information Security (iSec) faculty and staff have produced some of the country’s leading professionals in information security, digital forensics, Internet security, and telecommunications security.

Defending America’s Cyberspace

TU is a lead institution in the Cyber Corps program, a federal initiative that trains elite squadrons of computer security experts -- America's "Cyber Corps" -- to form the country's first line of defense against global cyber threats.

Since 2000, TU computer science programs have received more than $25 million in federal funding for its programs, which has fueled advanced research in areas including telecommunications security, cryptographic protocol, network attack visualization, digital forensics, and critical infrastructure protection.

In 2001, the National Science Foundation named The University of Tulsa one of six charter institutions in the Federal Cyber Service Initiative (Cyber Corps). Since then, TU has placed more than 165 Cyber Corps graduates into high-level information security positions with federal agencies including the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

In addition, the NSA designated TU as one of two national centers for the development of cyber security faculty. TU also was the first university to certify graduates to all five federal information security standards at the highest levels.

Fulfilling a Need in the Private Sector

With businesses increasingly concerned about keeping their electronic data private and secure, TU launched the Institute for Information Security (iSec) in 2007 as a broader organization to better serve both the private and public sectors.

iSec draws on experts from throughout the university, including computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The institute works in partnership with industry and government agencies to solve real-world problems. iSec researchers pursue innovative solutions to a wide array of unique problems, such as reconstructing traffic accidents through automobile computers and redacting digital information from electronic devices.

TU’s information security programs continue to grow. With $2.5 million in new federal funding pledged in October 2008, a growing research and development agenda, and a healthy supply of highly talented students from across the nation, TU will continue to serve as a premier training ground for the nation’s cybersecurity experts.

  • Excellence in scholarship
  • Dedication to free inquiry
  • Integrity of character
  • Commitment to humanity

The core values define the unique qualities of TU’s graduate programs and research projects. New and exciting research opportunities occur all over campus and are not necessarily confined to a laboratory or a classroom. Community involvement and an understanding of the ethical implications of one’s research are essential elements of TU research and graduate studies.

When considering graduate programs, you should always consider how an institution’s research will shape your academic experience and professional future. Research is going on all over the TU campus and addresses everything from new petrochemical technologies to the impact of traumatic events on the human psyche.

Let us help you define your research interests and turn those interests into a career.

Just The Facts:

  • Total funded research, 2007-08: $17,004,983
  • Total sponsored grants and contracts, 2007-08: 165
  • Funding sources: 28.5% federal, 67% private sector, 4.5% state and local government
  • Federal funding sources: National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense
  • Internal funding for student research, 2007-08: $40,891
  • Internal funding for faculty and student travel, 2007-08: $46,639

Active consortia and joint industry projects:

  • Artificial Lift
  • Drilling Research
  • Fluid Flow
  • Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation
  • Separation Technology
  • Coil Tubing Mechanics
  • Erosion Corrosion
  • Paraffin Deposition
  • Delayed Coking
  • Sand Management
  • Hydrate Flow Performance
  • Multi-Phase Flow for Erosion Research
  • Sand Transport in Multiphase Flow
  • Heavy Oil Project

Interdisciplinary Institutes:

  • Institute for Information Security (iSec)
  • Institute for Alternative Energy
  • Institute of Biochemical and Psychological Study of Individual Differences
  • Institute of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Institute of Nanotechnology
  • Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Abuse, and Neglect