Tight oil and gas reservoirs often require stimulation in order to make economic exploitation possible. Tailored pulse loading, usually by downhole use of propellants or explosives, has been studied as a means of improving production in these reservoirs. This paper presents an overview of the first year's effort on a three-year combined theoretical-experimental research program to develop a systematic understanding of the tailored pulse loading/fracturing phenomena. The project is designed to address the sensitivity of multiple fracture initiation and propagation to rock and fluid properties and pressurization history. The results will ultimately contribute to the design procedures for field applications.