Sustainability Awards:

  • Collegiate Recycling Award 2006
  • Google, Inc. The blanket was selected as the No. 1 entry from the Oklahoma region. It moved onto national competition along with 13 other finalists from states were Google has operations.
  • Summer 2008, Supermileage team at TU took fuel efficiency to the extreme with first-place design of a 337-miles-per-gallon vehicle. This is an annual international competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. To reach 337 miles per gallon, TU engineering students used an aluminum honeycomb base, donated by Nordam Group, Inc., reinforced with aluminum C-channel and a steel rear roll cage. The three-wheeled vehicle was powered by a 3.5 horsepower gasoline lawn mower motor and a transmission system of clutches and roller chains from the engine to a multi-speed hub used to power the back tire. TU has not participated again due to lack of interest.
  • Challenge X National Competition . The overall goals for the hybrid vehicle project are: to provide a hands-on, project-oriented engineering education to our students; to help educate the community about the future of highly fuel-efficient personal transportation; to push the envelope on state-of-the art technology; and to promote TU.
  • Hurricane Motor Works, The University of TulsaTU's hybrid-electric vehicle - known as the "Paradyne" is a Geo Metro with a three-cylinder gasoline engine and a 30-horsepower electric motor. The only other college team to win two first-place awards has been MIT. The University of Tulsa has been designing, building, testing, and competing with hybrid vehicles since 1991. We have competed in nine national competitions: the Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Challenges of 1993 (Detroit), 1994 (Detroit), 1995 (Los Angeles), and the American Tour de Sol competitions of 1998 (New York, NY to Washington, DC), 1999 (Waterbury, CT to Lake George, NY), 2000 (New York, NY to Washington, DC), 2001 (Waterbury, CT to Boston, MA), 2002 (Baltimore, MD to New York, NY), 2003 (Burlington, NJ to Washington, DC), and 2004 (Burlington, NJ to New York, NY). TU finished second in 2001, 2000 and 1998. In 2001, TU tied for first place in the range and reliability events, and was second in overall fuel efficiency, logging just under 40 miles per gallon-equivalent use of gasoline and electricity. It placed second in the 1998, 2000 and 2001 competitions.
  • 2007-08 US Department of Energy and General Motors sponsored 17 schools selected for 3 year completion based on its history of hybrid-vehicle design success. The TU Challenge X team of ME Students worked with chemical and electrical engineering and computer science students to re-engineer a 2005 GM Equinox for improved efficiency and performance with 38 miles per gallon. The traditional gasoline engine in the Equinox was replaced with a cutting edge hybrid drive train consisting of an alternate fuel engine along with an electric motor and a hydrogen fuel cell. The ME team took on three major tasks: they installed a urea injection system to reduce harmful NOx emissions, they designed and fabricated a unique storage and deployment system for the hydrogen fuel cell power system. This system can now be easily removed from the vehicle and used to provide portable power where needed. TU concluded participation in April 2008, but continues to conduct educational outreach and to explore the technology.
  • Additional research involves a Ford Contour test vehicle with stock V6 engine and manual transmission. This project aims to develop an HEV conversion
  • In summer 2010, a group of mechanical engineering TURC students designed and built a portable water chlorination system powered by solar or wind energy.
  • Maria Holland (ME student) won an Udall Scholarship in 2009 based in part on sustainable energy research.
  • Three students (2 ME, 1 E Physics) won Goldwater Scholarships (2009 and 2010) based in part on sustainable energy research.
    Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council included TU in the list of greenest 286 colleges and universities in the United States in April 2010.