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Outstanding Researchers 2023

The University of Tulsa is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Outstanding Researcher Award – a lifetime distinction that is received only once in an individual’s career. It is intended to honor achievements that have been validated in the scholar’s professional fields.

Sandip Sen

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Sandip Sen is a professor in TU’s Tandy School of Computer Science with primary research interests in artificial intelligence, intelligent agents, machine learning and evolutionary computation. He has authored, with TU students in the MultiAgent System Research lab and collaborators, approximately 350 peer-reviewed papers on key AI topics. Sen is completing 30 years of teaching, service and research at TU. He was the first TU professor to receive the prestigious NSF CAREER award in 1997. He is internationally recognized as a leading contributor to the science and applications of intelligent agent technology and was elected senior member in the professional organization of AI researchers, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, in 2014. He has chaired premier international conferences in the field, including AGENTS-01 and AAMAS-2010. Sen regularly serves on review panels of national scientific agencies of the U.S. and other countries, including NSF, NRC, ISF, NOW and more.


Siamack Shirazi

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Siamack A. Shirazi is a professor of mechanical engineering at TU, where he also serves as director of the Erosion/Corrosion Research Center and TU Sand Management Projects. He is widely recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field of erosion mitigation for oil field applications, with more than 33 years of teaching and research experience at TU. Shirazi has authored over 650 publications, most of which are related to erosion/corrosion and multiphase flow for oil and gas industry applications. He has received many prestigious awards, including the NACE Technical Achievement Award, ASME Fellow Award, NACE Fellow Award, the 2018 SPE International Projects, Facilities and Construction Award and the 2019 ASME-Petroleum Fluids Engineering Award in recognition of his groundbreaking research in erosion-corrosion.


Robert Tett

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Rob Tett is a professor and chair of TU’s Department of Psychology where he has taught courses in personnel selection, psychometrics, statistics, theories of personality, leadership and evolutionary psychology. He joined the TU faculty in 2000, served as industrial-organizational program director for more than 10 years and was honored as a fellow of the Society for I-O Psychology in 2013. Tett’s scholarship includes significant contributions in several areas relating to the psychology of work, most notably the revitalization of personality in the workplace from empirical and theoretical standpoints. His Trait Activation Theory is widely cited as a foundation for understanding how personality and situations interact to influence work behavior such that everyone wants to work where they are rewarded for being themselves. This is Tett’s last semester at TU as he is moving to a consulting role in the next chapter of his career.