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OU Polytechnic Institute


Meeting the Challenge

The University of Oklahoma Polytechnic Institute (OUPI) at OU-Tulsa is focused on high-demand, advanced and applied technology-based education. OUPI prepares graduates to transform industries in Oklahoma by offering innovative programs meeting growing demands in the field including

  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Development & Integration
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Health Information Systems

From curriculum to on-site training, programs at OUPI will help meet the changing academic and workforce needs of the Tulsa region largely thanks to our close working relationship with industry partners. All classes are in person, hands on, and right here in Tulsa.

The University of Oklahoma Polytechnic Institute offers bachelor’s degree completion programs as well as masters and doctoral level programs in critical STEM fields. Enrollment for our inaugural Cybersecurity degree class begins August 1 with classes beginning in 2024.


What is Polytechnic?

Polytechnic means learning by doing. Getting a hands on education in a digital world. Fueling innovation by embracing technology. Educating and enriching students right here in Tulsa to lead Oklahoma to the next level.

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Tulsa's Workforce Needs

Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma are building a technology-based economy and the region has a gap in public education needed to meet those needs. Oklahoma will see a 16% growth in computer science and information technology jobs by 2026, and the state is already short more than 300 engineers. OUPI at OU-Tulsa will create a pipeline of extremely skilled graduates with experience in high-demand fields, leading to high-paying jobs that will retain talent in the state and attract new students.

Graduates will be ready to fill vital jobs in areas like telehealth, autonomous technology, electric vehicles, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, and software engineering.


As a part of the inaugural class at the University of Oklahoma’s Polytechnic Institute, Shelbie Raney has her sights on what the future of cybersecurity will look like for Oklahoma. Raney believes that OUPI will open many doors for Oklahomans to allow students to give back to their communities with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive. 

Shelbie's Why

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The Oklahoma State Legislature stepped forward with a $10 million dollar appropriation that allows OUPI to aggressively recruit top-tier faculty who will design and build first-class teaching and research labs at OU-Tulsa. Local foundations and private sector partners including the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Google and others have also provided strong, on-going support.

Additional partners who are working with OUPI at OU-Tulsa include

  • Tulsa Innovation Labs
  • OU’s Office of Innovation and Corporate Partnerships
  • Tom Love Innovation Hub
  • OU Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth. 
Lauren Deerdoff

Lauren Deerdoff
Admissions Counselor, University of Oklahoma Polytechnic Institute
OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center
4502 East 41st Street
Tulsa, OK 74135


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Teri K. Reed, Ph.D. is the inaugural director of the OU Polytechnic Institute at OU-Tulsa. Reed also holds the George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair.

An OU alumna, internationally recognized leader in the field of engineering education, and an advocate for research-informed approaches to engineering education and administration, Reed has made significant contributions to higher education nationally. She helped establish the scholarly foundation for engineering education as an academic discipline through co-authorship of the landmark 2006 Journal of Engineering Education’s special reports, “The National Engineering Education Research Colloquies” and “The Research Agenda for the New Discipline of Engineering Education.”

Her professional activities include serving as an executive board member and fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, and she is a former president of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network. She is the recipient of many accolades that recognize her teaching and leadership abilities, including two awards from the University of Oklahoma: the Distinguished Service Award from the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, and selection as one of the inaugural recipients of the OU Regents’ Alumni Award.

President Joe Harroz is joined by Dr. Teri Reed, the inaugural Director of the Polytechnic Institute based at OU-Tulsa. The two share thoughts on what a Polytechnic actually does for the university, the state as well as the region. With the institute’s expertise lying at the intersection of business, education and technology, the future for this new school is incredibly bright.