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Donald L. Paul

Donald L. Paul

Executive Director

USC Energy Institute

Donald L. Paul is Research Professor of Engineering, Earth Sciences, and Policy, Planning, and Development. Holder of the William M. Keck Chair of Energy Resources, Paul also serves as Executive Director of the USC Energy Institute.

Before coming to USC, Paul had a distinguished career at Chevron, retiring as the corporation's vice president and chief technology officer. During his 33-year tenure, 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. As Chevron's chief technology officer, Dr. Paul was responsible for the corporation's three major technology subsidiaries: Energy Technology, Information Technology, and Technology Ventures. He also served as the global compliance officer for information protection, security and data privacy. Dr. Paul received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He was extensively involved in forming external research and technology partnerships with major universities, governments and businesses. 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.

Provost Nikias, then Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering, worked closely with Paul to establish CiSoft (Center for Interactive Smart Oil Field Technologies), a highly successful partnership between USC and Chevron, focused on applying advanced information and media technology to oil and gas field automation.

Dr. Paul's public service record is extensive. He was part of the 1997 Presidential Panel on Federal Energy Research and Development, the National Research Council, 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 on energy and technology, including as Senior Adviser for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

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