Donald Paul

Research Professor of Engineering, Earth Sciences and Policy, Planning and Development


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.

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. As Chevron’s chief technology officer, he 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. He was extensively involved in forming external research and technology partnerships between Chevron and 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.

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. He also holds an appointment as Senior Advisor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. on energy and technology.

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.

Dr. Paul is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a B.S. in applied mathematics, a M.S. in geology and geophysics, and a Ph.D. in geophysics.

  • Administrative Appointments

    • Executive Director of the University of Southern California Energy Institute, 01/01/2009 –
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