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USC Energy Institute has a broad set of research activities that relate to the world's energy issues. USCEI research spans from improving the technologies for conventional and renewable energy sources to exploring their environmental, economic, and policy impacts on the world. By using a cross-disciplinary approach, the USCEI has helped researchers expand their boundaries and successfully produce many innovative solutions to the world's energy problems.

Energy Institute Projects


Energy Security Initiative


Cyber Security

Center for Computer Systems Security

LESS – Laboratory for Energy Security Systems


Energy Behavior

Energy Behavior and Social Technologies (pdf)


Oil and Gas Technology

CiSoft: Center for Interactive Oilfield Technologies (


Smart Grid

USC Smart Grid
  • Professors (
  • Partners: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)

Electric Vehicles
( USC Smart Grid Living Laboratory Program (news)
  • Partners:  Mitsubishi Motors


Unconventional Resources

Induced Seismicity Consortium
  • Professors: Fred Aminzadeh and Charles G. Sammis
  • Partners:  ABC-GEO, Aera Energy, AltaRock Energy Inc, Baker Hughes, Bandung Institute of Technology, BhP Billiton, California Geological Survey, Calpine, Chevron, China University of Petroleum, D&L Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, ExxonMobil, Gas Technology Institute, Global Energy Strategies, Halliburton, Hamilton, Institut Teknologi Bandung Indonesia, ION Geophysical, KMS Technologies, MicroSeismic, National Fuel Gas Supply Corp, Pinnacle, RPSEA, Sandia National Laboratory, Senior Fellow, Sinopec Geophysical Research Institute, SR2020, The Communications Institute, US Geological Survey, Zone Energy 
USC Energy Research Centers