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Tim Coburn PhD

Director of Master of Energy Business Program
Director of School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce
Professor of Energy and Operations Management Collins College of Business
School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce, School of Finance, Operations Management and International Business
918-631-3123
tim-coburn@utulsa.edu
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Biography

Dr. Tim Coburn serves as Director of the School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce within the Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa. He also directs the Master of Energy Business (MEB) program, the Master of Science in Global Energy, and the Master of Science in Business Analytics, and holds an academic appointment as Professor of Energy and Operations Management. Prior to his tenure at The University of Tulsa, Dr. Coburn held the Mesa Petroleum Professorship in Statistics and Management Science at Abilene Christian University, where he also served in various administrative and management roles. Dr. Coburn has a long history of involvement in the energy industry. He previously worked for Phillips Petroleum (Bartlesville, Denver, Seattle), Marathon Oil (Denver, Houston), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden Colorado); and he also completed professional internships/sabbaticals and related work assignments in the mathematical geology group of the Kansas Geological Survey, the eastern energy division of the US Geological Survey, and the energy and environmental resources group at Sandia National Laboratory, and the Daniels College of Business at The University of Denver. Dr. Coburn’s career includes managerial, operational, and technical assignments in the upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas sectors, as well as in alternative fuels and renewable energy. He has served as an industry consultant for many years and is actively engaged in a number of industry professional organizations.


Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
M.S., Oklahoma State University
B.S., Abilene Christian University
B.S., Abilene Christian University


Statistical estimation of remaining unconventional oil and gas resources, energy analytics and data management, energy applications of quantitative decision making, infrastructure and asset management in the energy space, Energy logistics and transportation issues, energy risk modeling

Analytics and data management, quantitative decision analysis, management of energy operations, risk modeling


The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Journal Articles


Farhar, Barbara et al. “A Field Study of Human Factors and Vehicle Performance Associated with PHEV Adaptation.” Energy Policy 93 (2016): 265–277. Print.

Coburn, Timothy et al. “Empirical Methods for Detecting Regional Trends and Other Spatial Expressions in Antrim Shale Gas Productivity, with Implications for Improving Resource Projections Using Local Nonparametric Estimation Techniques.” Natural Resources Research 21 (2012): 1–21. Print.

Coburn, Timothy, Sean McKenna, and Hirotaka Saito. “Strip Sampling to Estimate Object Abundance in Homogeneous and Non-Homogeneous Poisson Fields: a Simulation Study of the Effects of Changing Transect Width and Number.” Mathematical Geosciences 41 (2009): 51–70. Print.

Attanasi, Emil, Timothy Coburn, and . “Evaluation of Procedures for Prediction of Unconventional Gas in the Presence of Geologic Trends.” Natural Resources Research 18 (2009): 153–171. Print.

Attanasi, Emil, Timothy Coburn, and Philip Freeman. “Economic Decisionmaking and the Application of Nonparametric Prediction Models.” SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering 11 (2008): 1089–1096. Print.

Farhar, Barbara. “ A New Market Paradigm for Zero-Energy Homes: a Comparative Case Study.” Environment: Science & Policy for Sustainable Development 50 (2008): 18–32. Print.

Attanasi, Emil, Timothy Coburn, and Philip Freeman. “Prediction of Resource Volumes at Untested Locations Using Simple Local Prediction Models.” Natural Resources Research 15 (2007): 223–239. Print.

Saito, Hirotaka. “Geostatistical Interpolation of Object Intensities Collected from Multiple Finite Transects.” Stochastic Environmental Research & Risk Assessment 19 (2005): 71–85. Print.

Coburn, Timothy. “Mixed-Model Statistical Analysis of Fuel, Equipment, Mileage, and Driving Schedule Effects on Particulate Matter Emissions from Heavy Diesel-Powered Vehicles.” Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (1995) 54.9 (2004): 1151–61. Print.

Attanasi, Emil. “A Bootstrap Approach to Computing Uncertainty in Inferred Oil and Gas Reserve Estimates. Natural Resources Research.” Natural Resources Research 13 (2004): 45–52. Print.

Palmer, Curtis et al. “Characterization of Turkish Coals: a Nationwide Perspective.” International Journal of Coal Geology 60 (2004): 85–115. Print.

Coburn, Timothy. “Statistical Analysis of on-Road Particulate Matter Emissions from Diesel Vehicles. .” Inhalation Toxicology 12.Suppl. 2 (2000): 23–33. Print.

Coburn, Timothy. “Introduction: Special Issue on Statistical Analysis and Modeling of Automotive Emissions.” Journal of Transportation and Statistics 3.2 (2000): ii-vii. Print.

Coburn, Timothy. “Question & Answer Session from ‘Energy Supply and Demand: Policy Issues for the Next Millennium, Part I.” Nonrenewable Resources 7 (1998): 143–148. Print.

Coburn, Timothy. “Reduction in Vehicle Emissions Attributable to Alternative Transportation Fuels and Its Prospective Impact on Air Quality and Public Health.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 13 (1998): 395–405. Print.

Coburn, Timothy. “Introduction: Special Issue on Energy Supply and Demand, and Their Relationship to the Transportation Sector.” Nonrenewable Resources 7 (1998): 93. Print.

Coburn, Timothy, and John Scheunemeyer. “When Are We Really Going to Run out of Oil & Gas?—Statistical, Political, Economic, and Geoscientific Issues.” Mathematical Geology 23 (1991): 403–442. Print.

Morris, R et al. “Prevalence of Gastrointestinal Parasitism in Oklahoma Swine.” American journal of veterinary research 45.11 (1984): 2421–3. Print.

Book Chapters


Attanasi, Emil et al. “A Further Investigation of Local Nonparametric Estimation Techniques in Shale Gas Resource Assessment.” Mathematics of Planet Earth: Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences . Ed. C. Guardiola-Albert E. Pardo-Iguizquiza et al. Springer Verlag, 2014. 621–624. Print.

Coburn, Timothy et al. “Strip Transect Sampling to Estimate Object Abundance in Homogeneous and Non-Homogeneous Poisson Fields: a Simulation Study of the Effects of Changing Transect Width and Number.” Progress in Geomathematics. Ed. G. Bonham-Carer and Q. Cheng. Springer, 2008. 333–351. Print.

Coburn, Timothy, Jeffrey Yarus, and Richard Chambers. “Geostatistics and Stochastic Modeling: Bridging into the 21st Century.” Stochastic Modeling and Geostatistics—Principles, Methods, and Case Studies . Ed. J. M. Yarus T. C. Coburn and R. L. Chambers. Vol. 2. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006. 3–9. Print.

Coburn, Timothy et al. “A Virtual Conversation on the Impact of Geostatistics in Petroleum, Production, and Reservoir Engineering.” Stochastic Modeling and Geostatistics: Principles, Methods, and Case Studies . Ed. J. M. Yarus T. C. Coburn and R. L. Chambers. Vol. 2. 2006. 23–33. Print.

Farhar, Barbara, and Timothy Coburn. “Energy Policy.” Polling America: Encyclopedia of Public Opinion . Ed. S. Best and B. Radcliff. Greenwood, 2005. 183–194. Print.

Coburn, Timothy. “John W. Harbaugh’s Contributions to the Evolution of Stochastic Analysis and Modeling in Geology.” Geologic Modeling and Simulation: Sedimentary Systems . Ed. D. F. Merriam and J. C. Davis. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004. 15–44. Print.

Coburn, Timothy, Barbara Farhar, and . “Public Reaction to Renewable Energy Systems.” Encyclopedia of Energy. Ed. C. J. Cleveland. Elsevier, 2004. 207–222. Print.

Attanasi, Emil, and Timothy Coburn. “ Uncertainty and Inferred Reserve Estimates—the 1995 National Assessment.” Geologic, Engineering, and Assessment Studies of Reserve Growth. Ed. J. W. Schmoker T. S. Dyman and M. Verma. US Geological Survey, 2004. Print.

Coburn, Timothy, and Jeffrey Yarus. “GIS and Geostatistics: A Marriage of Technologies.” Geographic Information Systems in Petroleum Exploration and Development. . Ed. T. C. Coburn and J. M. Yarus. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2000. 295–298. Print.

Yarus, Jeffrey, and Timothy Coburn. “Geographic Information Systems in Petroleum Exploration and Development: An Introductory Essay.” Geographic Information Systems in Petroleum Exploration and Development. Ed. T. C. Coburn and J. M. Yarus. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2000. 3–6. Print.

Coburn, Timothy. “On the Implementation of GIS for Petroleum Exploration and Development: Issues and Perspectives.” Geographic Information Systems in Petroleum Exploration and Development . Ed. T. C. Coburn and J. M. Yarus. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2000. 61–67. Print.

Coburn, Timothy. “Regression and Correlation.” Development Geology Reference Manual. . Ed. D. Morton-Thompson and A. M. Woods. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1993. 343–344. Print.

Books


Coburn, Timothy, Jeffrey Yarus, and Richard Chambers. Stochastic Modeling and Geostatistics, Vol. 2. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2006. Print.

Coburn, Timothy, and Jeffrey Yarus. Geographic Information Systems in Petroleum Exploration and Development. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2000. Print.


American Statistical Association
Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics
International Association of Mathematical Geoscientists
Institute for Matematical Statistics
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
American Society for Quality
Air & Waste Management Association
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Society of Petroleum Engineers
US Association of Energy Economists
Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Oklahoma Independent Producers Association
Natural Gas & Energy Association of Oklahoma
Association of Energy Engineers
Acuisitions, Divestitures, and Mergers Energy Network


MEB 7001 Perspectives in Energy Business
MEB 7010 Residency Seminar I
MEB 7033 Analytical Tools for Energy Business Management
MEB 7063 Energy Policy and Sustainability
MEB 7973 Seminar in Energy Business