Fifty Years of TUDRP

Stefan Miska (left) passed on the directorship to Evren Ozbayoglu in July 2017.

Many professionals in today’s drilling engineering industry can trace their careers back to a historic research facility in Tulsa. One of the oldest drilling consortia in the world, The University of Tulsa Drilling Research Project, TUDRP, is celebrating 50 years and is poised to continue its tradition for another 5 decades.

TUDRP is the concept of legendary TU professor Kermit Brown who initially established the consortium. A nonprofit cooperative between industry partners and university associates, TUDRP conducts basic and applied research to advance drilling technology. Students gain experience in the industry while partners benefit from the research developed. Professor B.J. Livesay was the group’s first director and welcomed a small group of industry partners. Livesay left the program in 1972, and John Day served as interim director until J.J. Azar accepted the permanent role. Azar arrived at TU in 1965 as an assistant professor in aerospace engineering. As director, he reached out to major oil corporations, independents, contractors, and suppliers.

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Fifty Years of TUDRP

Gail Banzet-Ellis, The University of Tulsa

01 October 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 10