About the Maguire Energy Institute's Staff


Bruce Bullock, Director, Maguire Energy Institute



 Bruce Bullock is the Pat and Jane Bolin Director of the Maguire Energy Institute. Since his arrival in 2007, Mr. Bullock has steered the Institute’s programs energy education, energy policy and economics, and preparing students for careers in energy.

Under his leadership, the Institute has worked with the faculty in implementing an energy finance concentration within the Cox School’s MBA program, developed and instituted an energy management concentration within the school’s BBA program, restarted the school’s Frank Pitt’s energy lecture series, and grown the school’s student energy organizations to the largest and most active organizations on campus. In 2009, the Institute brought on the distinguished economist Dr. Bud Weinstein as Associate Director to assist in the development of the Institute’s policy and research capabilities. The Institute also started the L. Frank Pitts Energy Leadership Award that recognizes outstanding leadership in the energy industry. In 2014, the Institute started the Mustang Spindletop Fund, a student managed energy investment fund focused on teaching students how to invest in equities and other instruments of energy companies using real endowment funds. Most recently, the Institute is working with the faculty to build the new Kyle Miller Energy Management Program.

Mr. Bullock is a frequent speaker, panel member, and facilitator at various industry conferences. Mr. Bullock has authored numerous articles on energy issues, technology, and economics. His work has appeared in the Society of Petroleum Engineer’s Talent and Technology, American Oil and Gas Reporter, Penn Energy, Offshore Magazine and other industry publications. Bullock is frequently quoted in such publications as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle. He has appeared on CNBC, Good Morning America, Fox Business News and numerous local television and radio newscasts.

Prior to joining the Cox School, Mr. Bullock spent 25 years in the oil and gas industry most recently serving as director of Corporate Communications for FMC Technologies, Inc., a leading oilfield equipment supplier in Houston, Texas. In this position, he was responsible for all external and internal communication including public relations, investor communications, marketing communications and employee communications. Mr. Bullock held this position during the spin-off of FMC Technologies from FMC Corporation and his duties included development of all public, investor and associated communications related to the spin-off. FMC Technologies was voted the leading oil and gas equipment service company on Fortune’s most admired list multiple times during his tenure. Prior to that position, he held a series of progressively responsible positions at FMC and Atlantic Richfield in the planning and evaluation functions.

Mr. Bullock served as an energy industry member on the Dallas Natural Gas Drilling Advisory Task Force. Previously, Mr. Bullock served as Chair and a member of the Board of Directors of Holy Trinity Episcopal School of Greater Houston. Mr. Bullock served as Chair and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Prince of Peace Christian School in Carrolton, Texas.

Mr. Bullock holds an MPA in public affairs from the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs and a BA in economics from SMU. He has also completed additional postgraduate work in economics. He is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership’s executive leadership program and Boston College’s Carroll School of Management’s Center for Corporate Community Relations.

Kumar Venkataraman, Academic Director, Maguire Energy Institute

214-768-7005 kumar@cox.smu.edu



Kumar Venkataraman is the James M. Collins Chair in Finance and Professor of Finance at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He serves as the academic director of the Maguire Energy Institute and the Kyle Miller Energy program.   He was the Chairman of the Finance Department between 2012 and 2015. He has a Ph.D. in Finance from Arizona State University.

Venkataraman specializes in the area of market microstructure and writes about financial market design; evaluation of trading strategies; and functioning of equity, fixed-income and energy markets. His research has been published in top-tier academic journals, such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies, and featured in industry publications, such as The CFA Digest, in text books, and in the business press, including Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Financial Times, Economist and Bloomberg News. He has worked on consulting projects sponsored by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and served as expert witness in litigation involving price manipulation.

Professor Venkataraman was recently selected as an inaugural member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee (FIMSAC). The Committee will provide advice to the Commission on the efficiency and resiliency of the fixed income markets and identify opportunities for regulatory improvements.

Venkataraman serves on the Editorial Board of several journals including Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and Journal of Financial Markets. He has received University-wide awards for teaching (the 2017-2019 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor) and research (the 2008 Gerald J. Ford Senior Research Fellowship). He has also received multiple teaching and research awards from the Cox School of Business. His research has won several best paper awards at international conferences.

Notably, Kumar was named among “The Best 40 B-School Profs Under the Age of 40” in the 2011 Poets & Quants ranking of Business School professors.


Bernard Weinstein, Associate Director, Maguire Energy Institute




Bernard Weinstein is Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Business Economics in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. From 1989 to 2009 he was Director of the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas, where he is now an Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics.

Dr. Weinstein studied public administration at Dartmouth College and received his A.B. in 1963. After a year of study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, he began graduate work in economics at Columbia University, receiving an M.A. in 1966 and a Ph.D. in 1973.

He has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the State University of New York, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of North Texas. He has been a research associate with the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Gray Institute in Beaumont, Texas. He has worked for several U.S. government agencies including the President's Commission on School Finance, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission.

Dr. Weinstein has authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs and articles on the subjects of economic development, energy security, public policy and taxation, and his work has appeared in professional journals such as Land EconomicsChallengeSocietyPolicy Review,Economic Development Quarterly,Policy Studies Journal, and Annals of Regional Science. His op-eds have been published in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal,The Washington Times,Investor’s Business DailyThe Financial TimesThe Los Angeles Times and a number of regional newspapers and magazines. He is also a regular contributor to the National Journal’s Energy and Environment blog and The Hill.

Dr. Weinstein has been a consultant to many companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies, and he testifies frequently before legislative, regulatory and judicial bodies. His clients have included AT&T, Texas Instruments, Reliant, Entergy, Devon Energy, Energy Futures Holdings, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Western and Southern Governors Associations, the Cities of Dallas and San Antonio, and the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

Dr. Weinstein was director of federal affairs for the Southern Growth Policies Board from 1978 to 1980 and served as director of the Task Force on the Southern Economy of the 1980 Commission on the Future of the South. From 1984 to 1987 he was chairman of the Texas Economic Policy Advisory Council and from 1987 to 1988 served as visiting scholar with the Sunbelt Institute in Washington, D.C. He is currently a panelist with the Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast. Dr. Weinstein is a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association for Business Economics and serves on the boards of directors of Beal Bank Texas and Beal Bank USA. From 2011 to 2014 he was a Fellow with the George W. Bush Institute, and he is currently an Associate of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU and a Fellow of Goodenough College in London.

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