Professor of Practice, Energy Specialization Program
Eric Smith is a professor of practice at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He also serves as the interim director of the Tulane Energy Institute. In addition to teaching both undergraduate and graduate energy courses, he works with various professors on interdisciplinary projects involving energy issues. He also works with engineering firms and various regional teams focused on economic development. Smith is a 1965 chemical engineering graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned an MBA in 1967 from the A.B. Freeman School at Tulane University. In addition to 14 years of full time academic/advisory experience, he has over 30 years of operational experience in the downstream petrochemical industry and offshore drilling and construction sectors. During that time, Smith participated in arranging three IPOs, the largest being a combined primary-secondary offering for Saipem, SpA. He also was the head of Saipem’s US subsidiary during the installation of Hoover-Diana, Exxon’s first major deep-water structure. He has served as a consultant to Louisiana’s Department of Economic Development as well regional economic development group Greater New Orleans, Inc. He is the energy committee chairman of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. On occasion, he has also supported reverse trade missions involving energy options, and sponsored by the US Trade Development Agency, for Pakistan, South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana. He is currently Tulane’s media spokesman for energy issues. Smith is author or co-author of numerous reports dealing with LNG, natural gas liquids, changes in the offshore construction market, Louisiana’s relative competitiveness in industrial power generation, the use of petroleum coke as a fuel for the domestic power generation market; and multiple reports that deal with the economic impact of US shale oil and gas production on the Louisiana and Gulf Coast economies.