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Research is an integral part of the mission for OSU-Tulsa and adds significantly to the academic environment. It keeps faculty in the mainstream of current knowledge and offers faculty and students a different learning experience in addition to classroom work. Major research areas include engineering, human sciences, education and business.


Research Centers at OSU-Tulsa

Center for Family Resilience

Helmerich Research Center


Research Partnerships

OSU is involved in the Tulsa Research Partners group, an independent research consortium created to impact multidisciplinary collaborations and award research grants to support technology development projects in software, IT cyber-security, advanced materials, telecom, bio-life and alternative energy sciences. The Research Partners are part of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute, which is a non-profit corporation committed to building an innovative economy in the Tulsa region.  The Institute fosters collaborative research and development, entrepreneurship, company creation and retention, life-long learning and creative, future-oriented thinking.  The objectives are driven by private sector, government and philanthropic partnerships.


Research Matters Features

OSU-Tulsa faculty are regularly featured in Research Matters (formerly Vanguard), produced by the OSU Office of the Vice President for Research and featuring research, scholarship and creative activity at Oklahoma State University.


  • A Clearer Picture of 3D Printed Glass

               OSU Research Matters Magazine 2018
    James Smay, Ph.D., an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, is part
               of a national research team that is revolutionizing the 3-D printing of glass – a promising first step that could improve the
               performance of lasers, microscopes and telescopes.

  • Building a Better Battery

               OSU Research Matters Magazine 2017
    As society becomes more reliant on electronic devices such as cellphones, laptops and tablets, OSU researchers are looking
               to develop batteries that are more powerful, safer, longer lasting and lightweigh

  • Shining the Light on Research

               OSU Vanguard Magazine 2016
    Research is the life blood of a university environment, which is why OSU is so focused on being one of the nation's
              premier research institutions.

  • Living in Space

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2015
    OSU researchers are developing a radiation-shielding material that could be used in the construction of habitats on the moon or Mars.

  • Advertising as Public Diplomacy

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2014
    Dr. Jami Fullerton examines how advertising and other globalized media affect international relations through the concept of nation branding.

  • OSU Launches School of Materials Science and Engineering

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2013
    Williams Companies Distinguished Chair in Energy Technology Raj Singh will lead the new school, which will provide educational training opportunities for master’s and doctoral degrees in materials science and engineering. Materials science focuses on the structure, properties and performance of such materials as metals, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, composites and biomaterials.

  • From the Landfill to the Future

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2012
    Dr. Raman P. Singh is leading a research team of two graduate students to develop methods to recycle discarded carpet into a composite that can be molded and used to replace less durable or more expensive construction and manufacturing materials.

  • Endless Possibilities

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2011
    Dr. Reza Abdolvand and his colleague, Dr. Daryoosh Vashaee, are working with a team of four graduate students to design, fabricate and test nano-engineered infrared sensors that can be used for multiple applications and devices, such as night vision goggles, medical diagnostics and thermal imagers for search and rescue missions.

  • Green Power

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2010
    With funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation, OSU-Tulsa researcher Dr. Daryoosh Vashaee  is developing nanotechnology that can convert waste heat to energy. His process to produce a clean, alternative energy source could significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels and help move the United States toward energy independence.

  • The Power of a Peacemaker

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2009
    Dr. Amanda Morris, associate professor of human development and family science at OSU-Tulsa, is giving youth the knowledge and skills they need to resolve conflicts in a nonviolent manner. Working with about 60 families from two Boys and Girls Clubs of Tulsa, Morris and her team are evaluating several factors before and after participation in a conflict resolution intervention program.

  • Creating an Atmosphere for Learning

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2009
    Project CREATES, a program developed to infuse academics with art instruction at urban elementary schools in Tulsa, is having an impact on students and teachers. Research led by Dr. Diane Montgomery shows the program improved students’ skills in a variety of areas and inspired educators with a new way of teaching.

  • OSU-Tulsa Dedicates the Helmerich Research Center

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2008
    OSU officials and Tulsa community leaders gathered to dedicate OSU-Tulsa’s Helmerich Research Center on November 29, 2007, a $43 million research facility that is expected to boost Tulsa’s economy by creating jobs and attracting industries to the area.

  • All Eyes on Mars

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2007
    New technology developed by Jay Hanan, OSU-Tulsa, and a team of scientists from the Jet Propulsion Labo­ratory, would make self-directed driving for rovers possible on the surface of Mars.

  • Scientists Developing New Dental Materials

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2007
    Jim Smay, OSU-Stillwater, and Jay Hanan, OSU-Tulsa, are working with the New York University Department of Dentistry to develop a new approach for fabricating dental crowns.

  • The Smallest Line of Defense

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2006
    An OSU-Tulsa researcher will study the survivability, security and reliability of military sensors over a three-year period.

  • Getting in the Zone

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2006
    An OSU-Tulsa student will analyze and study data collected on Tulsa’s ozone to determine the effects on air quality.

  • Advanced Technology Research Center Almost a Reality

    OSU Vanguard Magazine 2005
    The OSU-Tulsa research facility will focus on next generation composites and advanced materials used by many Oklahoma industries.


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