USC and Chevron Extend Partnership

Dean Yannis Yortsos, left, receives a check from Chevron Corp. vice president Warner Williams.

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has announced that Chevron Corp. has donated $915,000 in scholarships and training to USC students as part of the energy company’s global University Partnership Program. The commitment is a continuation of Chevron’s longstanding relationship with USC and the Viterbi School.

The global program was developed in conjunction with leading universities around the world to establish new projects, support faculty development and provide student scholarships.

Universities are selected based on their reputation, forward thinking and result-oriented education development.

At USC, Chevron supports training and research through the Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies. Established in December 2003, the center includes participation of research scientists from the USC Viterbi School and Chevron.

The center offers a masters of science degree in the Petroleum Engineering Program with an emphasis on smart oilfield technologies. Course content, provided by USC and Chevron specialists, is designed to respond to the industry’s needs by training existing staff in new technologies and developing potential new employees with skills related to the operation of smart oil fields.

“Our ongoing research relationship with Chevron is a model for a productive and mutually beneficial academic-corporate collaboration,” Yortsos said. “I am delighted that this relationship will now broaden and deepen with the expanded University Partnership Program. We are pleased that Chevron elected to augment this elite partnership and include the Viterbi School among a few select engineering schools worldwide.”

Within the University Partnership Program, Chevron will sponsor undergraduate and graduate student scholarships and fellowships, some of which will be targeted for disadvantaged students.

“The Viterbi School is recognized for leadership and innovation in many areas but has earned particular distinction for its work in smart oilfield technologies,” said Chevron vice president Warner Williams, a member of the board of counselors for the school.

The Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies courses also are offered through USC’s Distance Education Network, which offers course content on demand via media streaming over the web.