Laura Ford - Faculty & Adjuncts

Laura Ford, PhD

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

Education

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

Bio

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. She also advises students in the Delayed Coking Joint Industry Project at the North Campus Research Center which is part of the Refining Technologies Group.

The University of Tulsa Refining Technologies Group is a petroleum upgrading research group whose mission is to advance the upgrading of crude oils and heavy oils and provide valuable tools through in-depth targeted and applied research. To this end several pilot plants including a vacuum distillation unit, a coil and/or soaker visbreaker, a delayed coker, a serpentine/helical tube furnace, a batch SDA unit & a hydroprocessing unit are used. Several of these pilot units also have bench scale counterparts for smaller scale studies. Additional information of this project can be found on the projects website (TUDCP.utulsa.edu).

Research Interests

Engineering Education
Delayed Coking and associated processes

Teaching Interests

Chemical Engineering Laboratory
Engineering Science Thermodynamics
Fluid Mechanics
Mass Transfer
Separations

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Liberatore , M., D. Lepek, L. Ford, T. Carter, J. Pascal, M. Lamm, C. Patton Luks, D. Silverstein, A. Ford Versypt, S. Buleter Velegol, T. Vogel, N. Raikar, M. Kipper, and C. Wheeler West. AIChE Virtual Communities of Practice – Supporting Faculty During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Vol. 56, Chemical Engineering Education, 2022, pp. 68-78.
  • Ford , L., T. Carter, and J. Pascal. Teaching Tips: Planning for Remote or Socially-Distanced Labs. Vol. 55, Chemical Engineering Education, 2021, p. 146.
  • Ford , L., and K. Sublette. Stakeholders Presentations. Vol. 55, Chemical Engineering Education, 2021, p. 23.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nigg , H., L. Ford, and R. Masel. The Surface Chemistry of 1, 1, 1-Trifluoro-2, 4-Pentanedione on Clean and Oxygen Pre-Covered Cu (210): A Comparison With 1, 1, 1, 5, 5, 5-Hexafluoro-2, 4-Pentanedione and 2, 4-Pentanedione Surface Chemistry on the Same Surfaces. Vol. 419, Surface science, 1999, pp. 97–103.
  • Thomas , F., N. Chen, I. Lee, L. Ford, P. Blowers, and R. Masel. Ultraviolet/High Resolution Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy of CO on Pt (110) and Benzene on Pt (110). Vol. 17, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A, 1999, pp. 2339–2344.
  • Ford , L., P. Blowers, N. Chen, I. Lee, and R. Masel. UV/HREELS Measurements of the Excited States of Adsorbed CO: Benchmarks for Ab Initio Calculations. Vol. 419, Surface science, 1999, pp. 144–149.
  • Blowers , P., L. Ford, and R. Masel. Ab Initio Calculations of the Reactions of Hydrogen With Methanol: A Comparison of the Role of Bond Distortions and Pauli Repulsions on the Intrinsic Barriers for Chemical Reactions. Vol. 102, The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 1998, pp. 9267–9277.
  • Blowers , P., L. Ford, and R. Masel. MOLECULAR STRUCTURE, BONDING, QUANTUM, CHEMISTRY, AND GENERAL THEORY-Ab Initio Calculations of the Reactions of Hydrogen With Methanol: A Comparison of the Role of Bond Distortions and Pauli. Vol. 102, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 1998, pp. 9267–9277.
  • Nigg , H., L. Ford, and R. Masel. Surface-Mediated Reaction Pathways of 2, 4-Pentanedione on Clean and Oxygen Covered Cu (210). Vol. 16, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A, 1998, pp. 3064–3067.
  • Ford , L., H. Nigg, P. Blowers, and R. Masel. The Role of Step Atom Density on the Binding and Reaction of Surface Species. Vol. 179, Journal of Catalysis, 1998, pp. 163–170.
  • Chen , N., L. Ford, and R. Masel. UV/HREELS Spectroscopy of Benzene on Pt (110). Vol. 56, Catalysis letters, 1998, pp. 105–109.
  • Lee , W., L. Ford, P. Blowers, H. Nigg, and R. Masel. Why Do Heats of Adsorption of Simple Gases on Platinum Surfaces Vary so Little With Surface Structure?. Vol. 416, Surface science, 1998, pp. 141–151.

Courses Taught

  • Chemical Engineering Lab II
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Engineers Without Borders USA Capstone
  • Mass Transfer
  • Chemical Engineering Lab I
  • Introductory Fluid Mechanics
  • Practical Applications of Control Systems
  • Special Topics
  • Independent Study

Professional Affiliations

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

Awards & Honors

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