The McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering maintains a very strong research program that is supported by both the 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: 

Future Reservoir Simulation Systems & Technology (FuRSST) , Dr. Rami Younis, Director

TU Artificial Lift Projects (TUALP) , Dr. Holden Zhang, Director

TU Center of Research Excellence (TUCoRE) ,  Dr. James Sorem, Director

TU Center for Reservoir Studies (TUCRS) Dr. Mohan Kelkar, Director

TU Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP) , Dr. Stefan Miska, Director; Dr. Nicholas Takach and Dr. Mengjiao Yu, Associate Directors

TU Fluid Flow Projects (TUFFP) , Dr. Cem Sarica, Director; Dr. Eduardo Pereyra, Associate Director

TU Horizontal Well Artificial Lift Projects (TUHWALP) , Dr. Cem Sarica, Director

TU Paraffin Deposition Project (TUPDP) , Dr. Cem Sarica, Director

TU Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation Projects (TUPREP) , Dr. Albert Reynolds, Director

TU Separation Technology Projects (TUSTP) , Dr. Ovadia Shoham and Dr. Ram Mohan, Directors