Donald L. Paul
University of Southern California Energy Institute
Donald Paul is the Executive Director of the University of Southern California Energy Institute, where he also holds the William M. Keck Chair in Energy Resources. The USC Energy Institute was launched in 2008 to create a university-based framework to support and expand opportunities in energy-related research, education, and public policy development.
Major programs include university leadership of the DOE Regional Smart Grid Demonstration with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, support for the Center for Smart Oil Field Technologies, and the formation of the Center for Energy Infomatics within the Viterbi School of Engineering.
Dr. Paul had a distinguished career at Chevron, retiring in 2008 as the corporation’s vice president and chief technology officer. During his 33 year tenure at Chevron, he held a variety of positions in research and technology, exploration and production operations, and executive management, including service as president of Chevron’s Canadian subsidiary. He also served as the global compliance officer for information protection, security and data privacy. He directed Chevron’s efforts to build cooperative partnerships with U.S. government agencies and national laboratories in energy research and development, alternative fuel infrastructure, high performance computing, and cyber-security for oil and gas.
Dr. Paul’s public service record is expansive. He was part of the 1997 Presidential Panel on Federal Energy Research and Development, the National Research Council, the FreedomCar and Fuel Board, and the 2007 landmark study by the National Petroleum Council for the Secretary of Energy. He continues to serve on a number of university, public, and private sector advisory boards and committees and holds an appointment as Senior Advisor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Paul was recently recognized for his career contributions as a recipient of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Distinguished Service Award and an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
In January 2010, Dr. Paul was invited to become a member of the distinguished Sclumberger Limited Technology Committee. The Technology Committee advises the Schlumberger Board of Directors on the structure, strategies, and priorities of their R&D portfolio, major technology and business trends, and university relations. Schlumberger Limited is the world’s largest oilfield services and technology company.
Dr. Paul holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics, an M.S. in Geology and Geophysics, and a Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.