The Kyle D. Miller Energy Management Program

SMU has established the Kyle D. Miller Energy Management Program in the Maguire Energy Institute of the Cox School of Business to expand the school’s energy offerings in the graduate, undergraduate, and executive education programs. The program through its unique curricular and experiential initiatives is at the forefront of business education with a focus on valuation, risk management and technological innovations that are shaping the energy industry. SMU Trustee Tucker S. Bridwell ’73 and ’74 and a consortium of donors established the program to recognize Mr. Miller’s success in the energy industry. Within the program, scholarships funds are available to students (see Kyle D. Miller Energy Management Scholars).

The Kyle D. Miller Energy Management Scholars 

Each semester, the Maguire Institute faculty select a small group of students as Kyle D. Miller Energy Scholars. Selection is based on academic ability, interest in the energy industry, interpersonal skills, work ethic and leadership within and outside Cox. Students are expected to play a lead role in representing the Cox School to outside constituents. In this role, they interact with industry leaders, mentor incoming students, and participate in industry events.

All Cox undergraduate and graduate students (two-year and one-year programs) are eligible to apply. For consideration, please submit:

  • Resume with relevant experience, courses, and GPA.
  • Short statement (250 words or less) describing your particular interests in the energy industry and engagements (to-date) with the Energy Club.
The benefits are:
  • Recognition as a Kyle D. Miller Energy Scholar.
  • Scholarship assistance up to but not exceeding $10,000.
  • Priority enrollment in workshops and other Maguire Institute activities.
  • Invitation to exclusive networking events with industry leaders, participate in the
  • Energy Practicum, among others.

Spindletop Student Managed Energy Investment Fund

The Institute is also the home of the SMU Cox Spindletop Student Managed Energy Investment Fund, the first of its kind. Students manage a portfolio of energy equities with exposure to all parts of the energy value chain – oilfield services, exploration and production, midstream, refining and power generation. To make an investment, or liquidate an existing investment, student teams must pitch their proposals to an advisory committee of investment bankers, securities analysts, hedge fund managers and other managers. The students must provide an overview of oil market conditions, forecasts as well as both company and relative valuation data. The “shark tank” type atmosphere provides students with real world experience in investing, pitching, and managing money.

Affiliated Academic Departments

Energy Club

The BBA Energy Club and the MBA Energy Clubs are two of the largest and most active organizations on campus.  Both are sponsored by the Maguire Energy Institute.  Programs include seminars, forums, guest speakers and field trips which help students understand the complex issues surrounding the energy industry today.  The Maguire Energy Institute also works closely with SMU’s Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman School of Law, and the Lyle School of Engineering on energy programs of mutual interest.

Earth Science

Earth Sciences serves as a core discipline in Dedman College and helps students understand some of the most pressing issues of our day including climate change, natural resources, and hazards.

Cox Data Analytics & Supply Chain Department

ITOM’s progressive curriculum combines courses in information systems, operations management and business analytics to arm students with the tools that will future-proof your success.

Dedman Law School

The SMU Law faculty is recognized throughout the region, nation, and even internationally for its contributions to the law. The school has innovative ways for students to gain practical legal experience in areas that complement SMU’s curricular strengths, including business and corporate law, international law, intellectual property, energy law, and family law and advocacy.

Energy Courses

Graduate Courses 

• BUSE 6208 Special Topics in Energy Economics
• BUSE 6209 Energy Private Equity Practicum
• BUSE 6232 Energy and Environmental Law
• FINA 6228 Energy Project Valuation and Finance

Undergraduate Courses

• BUSE 3331: The Business of Energy (Sophomore)
• BUSE 4135 Energy Private Equity Practicum
• BUSE 4332: Energy and Environmental Law
• BUSE 4333: Business Planning and Analysis in Energy
• BUSE 4334: Global Energy Markets: Business and Policy
• FINA 5345: Energy Risk Management and Project Valuation

Link to SMU Catalog


The Maguire Institutes hosts multiple events throughout the year.

L. Frank Pitts Energy Leadership Award

Honoring Jeff Miller Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Halliburton and Mike Bowlin Chairman & CEO, Atlantic Richfield, retired

April 11, 2022
Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom

Umphrey Lee Center, SMU

3300 Dyer Street, Dallas, TX 75205

VIP Reception 11:00 a.m.
Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Parking info forthcoming

For more information, please contact Julianne Deering 214-850-2333 or
Click here to register.

Energy Trek to Houston 

Each year, the Energy Club  takes 30 members to Houston to visit a variety of energy companies as well as meet with energy alumni. This trip is an incredible experience for SMU students to network with professionals in the energy field. There will be one trip for undergraduate and one trip for graduate students (if travel is not permitted, this event will be virtual).