SMITH BRAIN TRUST – The coronavirus pandemic has changed so much about the way we live and work. And some of those changes are here to stay. Maryland Smith experts explore a few of them.
Charles E. Olson
Professor Charles E. Olson is Visiting Associate Professor and Director of the Honors Program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. From 1986 - 2000 he was president of Zinder Companies, Inc., a public utility consulting firm. Prior to joining Zinder Companies, Inc., Olson was president of Olson & Co., Inc. from 1980 - 1986. Dr. Olson was assistant and then associate professor of business at the University of Maryland from 1968 - 76. His Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – This is certainly a weird week in oil futures.
The benchmark price of crude in the United States dropped like a stone on Monday, with oil futures for May delivery falling to a jaw-dropping -$37.63. That’s negative territory, meaning that sellers of futures for the soon-to-expire May oil would actually have to pay buyers to take the commodity off their hands.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Shares of oil giant Saudi Aramco last week traded publicly for the first time in the company’s 86-year history, raising $25.6 billion by selling 1.5% of the company. The size exceeded that of the previous IPO world record, set by Alibaba in 2014.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – California utility giant PG&E is putting to work a new strategy to keep its power lines from sparking the kinds of wildfires that have killed dozens across the state and leveled home after home. When fire risks are high, PG&E officials will simply pull the plug, cutting the power altogether until the danger subsides.
But should they?
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Qatar’s surprise announcement this month that it was quitting OPEC after more than 50 years as a standing member had analysts wondering what it would mean for the 15-member oil cartel and for oil prices.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – While consumers see and experience the effects of oil price volatility in a short space of time at the gas pump, there’s another energy market force that’s stealthy and poised to dent bank accounts in 2019.
It’s natural gas.
Every graduating cohort has students who are shining stars, and it is with great fanfare that Victor Mullins, Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program, celebrated them on May 3, 3018, at an annual awards banquet. The event also honored a few faculty members who were nominated by seniors and a retiring professor who has been a positive influence on the Undergraduate Program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Blame Russia and OPEC for rising oil prices. Or thank them. Charles E. Olson, professor of the practice and director of the Business Honors Program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, says the United States will benefit overall as oil approaches $70 per barrel. “It’s in our best interest to have the price of oil as high as possible because now we’re an exporter,” he says.
British and U.S. Markets Vying for Big Prize
SMITH BRAIN TRUST – There's been a ton of speculation about how, where and when Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company, will launch an initial public offering. But the Smith School's Charles Olson says there's increasingly reason to believe the IPO isn't actually going to happen.
The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is pleased to announce that Charles E. Olson, a professor in the logistics, business and public policy department, received the second annual CIBER Award for Teaching Innovation in Global Learning.