Eric Smith
Associate Director, Tulane Energy Institute


 Eric Smith is a leading academic expert in oil and gas production and energy markets. He is associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute, a university think tank on the energy industry. During the height of the 2010 BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Smith was a sought-after media expert and was featured in national outlets including “NBC Nightly News,” CNN, CBS, NPR, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal.  

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Areas of Expertise: fuel prices, oil and gas industry, deepwater drilling, energy, natural gas, BP oil spill, Gulf of Mexico energy production, energy trading, energy sector, utilities, energy policy, fracking

Tulane news about this faculty expert

Business school professor says the price surge is due to a volatile international market and faulty U.S. policy.

Energy expert Eric Smith says alternative sources can impact the energy grid, but getting there may require patience.

Oil’s recent climb to $100 per barrel shouldn’t be all that surprising given the world’s seemingly insatiable thirst for the commodity, says Eric Smith, a clinical professor in the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Finance professor Eric Smith and actor Kevin Costner both testified at a U.S. Senate committee meeting about Gulf Coast oil cleanup.

Environmental advocates, utility executives, regulators and policymakers will discuss how to modernize the region’s transmission grid for a cleaner and more sustainable energy future at an all-day summit at Tulane University next week.

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