Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs Faculty and Staff

Levin Staff

Andrew R. Thomas
Executive In Residence, Energy Policy Center
Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University

Office Location: UR132
Phone: 216.687.9304 / Email:

Andrew Thomas is an Executive-in-Residence with the Energy Policy Center in the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs of Cleveland State University. His duties include administering the center, providing support for university facilities, and researching energy law and policy. He teaches courses on oil and gas contracts internationally, and is adjunct to the College of Law and the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs, where he teaches courses in energy law and policy. He is director of the Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Cell Collaborative and the Midwest Hydrogen Center of Excellence.  

Mr. Thomas joined Cleveland State in 2008, after working as general counsel for a fuel cell company for six years. Prior to coming to Ohio, he worked 20 years in the energy industry in New Orleans, Louisiana, as a geophysicist with Shell Oil Company and as a private lawyer. He also served as an editor of the Loyola Law Review. He is currently an Ohio Oil and Gas Commissioner.  


  • J.D., Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • B.S., M.S., Geology, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Areas of Research:

  • Microgrids, energy storage systems, distributed generation
  • Electricity and natural gas markets
  • Fuel Cells, hydrogen economy, zero emission transportation
  • Oil and Gas law, mid and downstream hydrocarbon development