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Tim Coburn

Professor of Systems Engineering

Dr. Tim Coburn joined the Systems Engineering faculty at CSU after serving as Director of the School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce at The University of Tulsa and as Professor of Energy and Operations Management.

Formerly he served as the Mesa Petroleum Professor of Statistics and Management Science, Director of the School of Information Technology and Computing, and Associate Dean for Technology Initiatives in the College of Business at Abilene Christian University, and worked in various managerial and technical roles in the Center for Transportation Technologies and Systems at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and at Marathon Oil Company and Phillips Petroleum Company. He has also held visiting teaching and/or research positions at The University of Denver, Sandia National Laboratory, US Geological Survey, Kansas Geological Survey, the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) at University of Colorado-Boulder, and the University of Colorado-Denver; and he currently holds a joint appointment at NREL in the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA).

Prof. Coburn’s research activities are centered on interdisciplinary applications of statistics, analytics, and data science in energy and transportation operations, along with associated systems and policy analysis. Recent publications include:

  • Perspectives on expanding EV charging infrastructure in the US
  • Managing global transport energy use and emissions through technology, policy and collaborative initiatives
  • Comparison of machine learning approaches used to identify the drivers of Bakken oil well productivity
  • Managing the electricity-gas interface: current environment and emerging solutions
  • Oil and gas infrastructure: a technical review
  • Statistical detection of flow regime changes in horizontal hydraulically fractured Bakken oil wells


He serves on the Energy Statistics Committee of the American Statistical Association, an advisory/consultancy panel for the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), and collaborates as an advisory consultant with the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center (APERC).


Ph.D. 1980, Oklahoma State University – Statistics/Industrial Engineering

M.S. 1985, Oklahoma State University – Statistics

B.S. 1973, Abilene Christian University – Math/Physics


Courses Taught

Research Interests

  • Energy and Transportation Analysis
  • Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
  • Energy Operations and Systems
  • Management Science
  • Renewable and Non-Renewable Resource Assessment
  • Energy Infrastructure

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Energy Engineers
  • American Statistical Association
  • Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences
  • Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers
  • International Association for Energy Economics
  • International Association of Mathematical Geoscientists
  • International Council on Systems Engineering
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers