Osman Kazan

Professor of Practice

Office 402E
Phone 504-865-5061
Email okazan@tulane.edu


Professor Osman Kazan’s work with the Energy Institute concerns his two primary areas of interest – first, the mathematical models that underlie electricity pricing, and second, supply chain operations, helping clients optimize logistics.

His research explores decision making associated with energy issues such as smart grids and renewables, and he often uses empirical methods to estimate power generation costs and map consumers’ demand patterns through behavioral experiments.

He first trained as an industrial engineer and worked as a senior management consultant for technology companies including Sabre and Hewlett-Packard, and he brings his real-world consulting background to his research and classroom work at Tulane.

He finds his Tulane colleagues to be helpful and supportive and values contributing to the university’s reputation as a research institution. He also enjoys the rich cultural landscape of New Orleans.


Professor Kazan teaches Business Modeling and Analytics to senior undergraduate business majors, as well as Data Analysis for Energy Management and Advanced Spreadsheet Modeling to MBA students. He loves teaching, and his excitement shows – his students even find his enthusiasm amusing. He loves bringing the realities of the workplace to his instruction, rounding out his student’s textbook learning.

Memorable Moment

Professor Kazan values getting to know his students and understanding their lived realities. One year, the Tulane community experienced a tragedy. Professor Kazan was flexible with requirements for his students’ assignments, telling them that he understood how many students might have been emotionally impacted by the tragedy and guiding them toward resources on campus. One student expressed his appreciation for Professor Kazan’s genuine concern for his students.

Education & Affiliations


University of Texas at Dallas, Ph.D.

State University of New York at Buffalo, M.S.

Middle East Technical University, B.A.


INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Science)

IAEE (International Association for Energy Economics)