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Laura Ford, PhD

Laura Ford, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Chemical Engineering
918-631-2227 Keplinger Hall Room 3455


PhD – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign MS – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign BS – Oklahoma State University


Laura Ford enjoys trying new things in her classrooms every semester as she is always working on improving her teaching. She is a co-advisor of The University of Tulsa student chapter of Engineers Without Borders - USA.

Research Interests

Engineering Education
Endocrine-disruptor Contamination of Water Supplies
Vapor-etching of Photovoltaic Thin Films
Hydrates Flow Performance

Teaching Interests

Chemical Engineering Laboratory
Engineering Science Thermodynamics
Fluid Mechanics
Mass Transfer


  • Thomas, F et al. “Surface Science/Nanometer-Scale Science and Technology-Novel Surface Probes-Ultraviolet/High Resolution Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy of CO on Pt (110) and Benzene on Pt (110).” Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology-Section A-Vacuum Surfaces and Films 17.4 (1999): 2339–2344. Print.

  • Thomas, FS et al. “Vibrational/HREELS, UV/HREELS, and Temperature-Programmed Desorption of Benzene and Hydrogen on (2$$ 1) Pt (110).” Surface science 486.1 (2001): 1–8. Print.

  • Ford, LP, P Blowers, and RI Masel. “Role of Steps and Kinks in Catalytic Activity.” Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A 17.4 (1999): 1705–1709. Print.

  • Sublette, Kerry et al. “Remediation of a Spill of Crude Oil and Brine without Gypsum.” Environmental Geosciences 12.2 (2005): 115–125. Print.

  • Ford, Laura. “Water Day: An Experiential Lecture for Fluid Mechanics.” Chemical Engineering Education 37.3 (2003): n. pag. Print.

Courses Taught

  • Chemical Engineering Lab I
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Thermodynamics

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Engineers Without Borders – USA

Awards & Honors

  • Best Poster Award
  • Kermit E. Brown Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Outstanding Chemical Engineering Faculty Member
  • Third Place Best Paper Award