Smith, James E.
(919) 660-7770
Box 90120, Fuqua School Of Business
Durham, NC 27708-0120
309W Fuqua School Of Business
Durham, NC 27708

James E. Smith

J.B. Fuqua Professor of Business Administration in the Fuqua School of Business
Professor of Business Administration
Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
James E. Smith is J.B. Fuqua Professor in the Decision Sciences area at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Professor Smith's research interests lie primarily in the areas of decision analysis and focus on developing methods for studying dynamic decision problems and valuing risky investments. Smith was awarded the Frank P. Ramsey Medal for distinguished contributions to decision analysis in 2008.  At Duke, he teaches probability and statistics and decision modeling.

Outside of Duke, Smith is active with INFORMS' Decision Analysis Society and served as president of the society from 2008‐2010.  Smith has served in a variety of editorial roles for INFORMS journals, including eight years as the Departmental Editor for Decision Analysis at Management Science. He currently serves on the editorial boards for Management Science, Operations Research, and Decision Analysis.

Professor Smith received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (in 1984 and 1986) and worked as a management consultant prior to earning his Ph.D. in Engineering‐ Economic Systems at Stanford in 1990.  He joined the Duke faculty in 1990.


  • Ph.D., Stanford University (1990)
  • M.S., Stanford University (1986)
  • B.S., Stanford University (1984)

Mailing Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708