Presentations and Publications

Frank Pitts Lecture Series

The Frank Pitts Lecture Series was launched in 2002 by Southern Methodist University. Bill Custard, Linda Pitts Custard and Dallas oilman and philanthropist Cary Maguire established the series for the purpose of educating members of the academic community as well as the general public on important energy issues.   In addition to a presentation by a distinguished speaker, a group of students receiving Pitts Scholarships are recognized at the event.  Pitts Scholarships are awarded to graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in energy related functions.  The lecture series honors legendary oilman L. Frank Pitts, founder of Pitts Oil Company of Dallas. Upon his death in 2009 at 98 years of age, Pitts left a legacy of entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation in the energy industry.  Past lecturers include Luke Corbett, T. Boone Pickens, Renato Bertani, Jim Hackett, Robert Bryce, Rusty Braziel, and Dr. Steven E. Koonin.


The Potential of Distributed Energy Resources in ERCOT
August 2020
Bernard L. Weinstein, Ph.D. and Nicholas J. Saliba, B.S., B.A., B.B.A.

How Texas' Electric Transmission Infrastructure Helps Grow the Texas Economy
January 2019
Bernard L. Weinstein, Ph.D. and Nicholas J. Saliba, B.S., B.A., B.B.A. 
With the assistance of Lindsay Struthers, B.S.

America's Energy Infrastructure Needs: Opportunities and Obstacles  December 2017
Bernard L. Weinstein, PhD and Nicholas J. Saliba, B.S., B.A., B.B.A

Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS) Trading under the Renewable Fuels Program: Continued Unintended Consequences for Small Fuel Retailers (Updated Report)
February 2017
Bernard L. Weinstein, PhD

Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS) Trading under the Renewable Fuels Program: Unintended Consequences for Small Retailers
August 2016
Bernard L. Weinstein, PhD

Current State of the Oil Markets- Cox Executive Board
By Bruce Bullock  

Pipelines and Rail: Partners or Competitors for Moving Crude?
By Bernard L. Weinstein, PhD

Service, Supply and Refining Key Trends Impacting Midstream
By Bruce Bullock