Maguire Energy Institute

The Maguire Energy Institute has been a leader for over four decades.

Maguire is recognized for industry leading programs and the SMU Cox School of Business is recognized for its small class size, individual instruction and outstanding alumni network. Our programs contribute to produce energy leaders who are not just educated but informed, not just trained but skilled, not just degreed but prepared for today and tomorrow’s energy industry. 

Global economic progress and human development relies on accessible and affordable energy—in all its forms. The Maguire Energy Institute addresses the world’s energy challenges through thought leadership, fostering innovation and advancing unbiased education and research. Together with the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Institute regularly presents Stewarding a Sensible Energy Future, an invitation-only symposium connecting energy industry professionals, academics and business leaders.

Stewarding a Sensible Energy Future next takes place in early 2025. It provides an open discussion from varying perspectives on the impetus and barriers, the limits and tradeoffs, and the stewardship and transformation of our changing energy landscape.


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The Maguire Energy Institute – A Gift from Cary Maguire

SMU Board Trustee Emeritus Cary Maguire, a longtime member of the Cox Executive Board and Maguire Energy Institute Board, passed away August 10, 2021. Dean of the Cox School of Business Matthew B. Myers said, “In addition to his years of support for SMU, Mr. Maguire’s generosity helped lead the Cox School to its current prominence as a globally competitive business school. In 1974, he provided funding to establish the Maguire Energy Institute at the Cox School. In 1985, he helped support the creation of the School’s Maguire Building, and he served for many years as the chair of the Cox Executive Board. As an iconic oil industry entrepreneur, the Maguire Energy Institute honored him with its prestigious Pioneer Award in 2019. Cary Maguire helped guide the trajectory of the Cox School and the career success of countless SMU Cox graduates. We are grateful for his contributions and saddened by his passing.”

SMU remembers Cary Maguire, Sr., community leader 

Supporting Student Success

Maguire Energy Institute Advisory Board of leading energy professionals that are accessible to all students for advice, guidance and networking. The Institute’s deep network of contacts provides industry leaders for student events, classroom presentations, curriculum advice and career guidance. The Institute works hand in hand with not only the student energy clubs but also other organizations such as the Young Professionals in Energy and other outside groups that support energy education.

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MBA Energy Club Takes First Place


Leadership Team

Bruce Bullock, Director Bruce Bullock

Bruce Bullock, Director

Bruce Bullock serves as director of the Maguire Energy Institute, where he oversees the study of management, marketing and policy issues related to the energy industry. He frequently provides expertise on oil, gas and other energy industries. He and the Institute play a key role in the Texas-based Gulf Project initiative, and he has been quoted frequently on issues related to the Gulf oil spill.

Xavier Tison, Director of Energy Innovation

Xavier Tison is the Director of Energy Innovation at the Institute, joining in 2021 after a twenty-year career in the energy industry. Tison has an MBA from the Cox School of Business and both a Masters and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from SMU Lyle School of Engineering. Xavier's global experience in the energy sector, as well as his entrepreneurial drive make him an ideal ambassador for Cox, the Institute, and students.

Kumar Venkataraman

Kumar Venkataraman, Academic Director

The James M. Collins Chair in Finance and Cary M. Maguire Chair of Oil and Gas Management, Dr. Venkataraman is the recipient of university-wide awards for excellence in both teaching and research. He has published internationally, with bylines in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week and beyond, and has worked on government consulting projects and served as expert witness in litigation involving trading strategies and price manipulation.