Maguire Energy Institute

The Maguire Energy Institute was established in 1974 by Dallas oilman Cary Maguire.  The mission of the Institute is to encourage the study of the energy industry, prepare students for careers in the industry and inform the public through independent, unbiased information regarding energy policy issues.

The Institute is the focal point for the study of energy at SMU and at the Cox School of Business through the Kyle Miller Energy Management Program which provides graduate and undergraduate coursework for students in our BBA, MBA and one-year master’s degree programs.  The Institute’s programs go beyond the classroom with field trips, technical seminars, nuts and bolts sessions with industry practitioners, and mentorship programs.

The Institute also provides a number of programs designed to educate the university and broader community on important issues impacting the global energy picture.  Through our Frank Pitts Lecture Series, the Institute brings energy thought leaders to campus to address current energy topics.  Previous speakers include Dr. Steve Koonin, Dr. Robert Bryce, and CEOs such as Jim Hackett.

The Institute conducts a number of sponsored research projects throughout the year to provide independent, unbiased information on key energy topics.  These projects provide our students experiential learning opportunities on real world industry challenges. 

The Institute’s programs cover all forms of energy, including traditional oil and gas, nuclear, wind, solar, biomass, and bio-fuels.  As the nation’s energy system evolves, our curriculum and focus evolves.  The Institute has an Advisory Board of prominent energy experts to assist the director and the school in the development of its energy programs.

Initial funding for the Maguire Energy Institute was provided by Cary M. Maguire, president of Maguire Oil Company. Mr Maguire plays an important role in support of education at SMU, serving as trustee emeritus.