Tipton to receive ASME achievement award

Friday, August 30, 2013

Mechanical engineering professor recognized for work in the area of pumping machinery

The American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) has announced that Steve Tipton, Frank W. Murphy Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Tulsa, is the 2013 recipient of the Henry R. Worthington Medal.

The medal is presented to engineering professionals who demonstrate eminent achievement in the field of pumping machinery including, but not limited to, research, development, design, innovation, management education or literature.

Tipton’s research supports the development of experimental testing systems to reproduce the unique loading experienced by highly pressurized coiled tubing and analytical models to characterize plasticity and fatigue behavior. Both advancements have promoted the acceptance of coiled tubing as a safe, efficient technology for worldwide oilfield operations.

Tipton has taught TU undergraduate and graduate courses for 29 years. He established a formal coiled tubing research program at TU in 1996 that grew into a consortium in 2000. Tipton serves as a consultant for several industries including petroleum, aerospace, sporting goods, finned tubing and high-pressure pumping. A registered professional engineer, he is the owner of T-Bird Engineering and holds eight patents.

Tipton is a member of the Mid-Continent Section of ASME, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and SAE International and is a fellow of the ASM International.

Tipton will receive the Worthington Medal and a $5,000 honorarium at the 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress in San Diego, Calif., in November.

Gail Ellis