Dr. Titman holds the McAllister Centennial Chair in Finance Services at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business, and he is the Executive Director of the School’s Energy Management and Innovation Center (EMIC). Dr. Titman is world-renowned for his academic contributions in Corporate Finance, Valuation and Investments. His accomplishments include being the former president of the Western Finance Association and the American Finance Association, as well as being listed as one of the top 10 most prolific authors in the leading finance journals. As a consultant, Dr. Titman has led a number of business and litigation engagements and has testified in depositions and trials.
In what areas of Finance do you specialize?
I have worked on investments as well as corporate finance research. In addition to expertise on financial institutions, my recent focus has been on two industries, real estate and energy.
As Executive Director of EMIC, what issues do you usually address?
I started EMIC with two main objectives: A) to help business leaders and policy makers to more effectively manage energy resources, successfully commercialize innovative technologies, and shape future energy policy; and B) to create a new generation of problem solvers who are equipped with a rigorous, multidisciplinary education tooled around the energy industry. The energy initiatives of the UT business school and the UT law schools have been recently combined into the Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s Center, with which I am also affiliated.
What is the highlight of your academic career?
It’s too early to tell. Ask me that question when I’m retired. I’m still optimistic that the highlight has yet to occur.
On what types of consulting cases do you prefer working?
That’s an interesting question. I’ve worked on a number of business consulting and litigation consulting assignments throughout my career. I guess I’d have to say that all have been interesting, but I’m currently most interested in major cases in the energy and real estate industries that will allow me to leverage my technical skills and industry knowledge.
What do you like most about where you teach?
UT is a premier school with and excellent global reputation. As such, I not only get to work with outstanding colleagues and students, both in the business school and across the campus, but I also get to interact with pre-eminent business leaders from around the globe. It also doesn’t hurt that we’re located in Austin, Texas.