USC & Affiliates

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology, and international trade, the University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world's leading private research universities, with programs in nearly every field. USC enrolls more international students than any other university in America and offers extensive opportunities for students to become involved with valuable internships and studying abroad experiences. USC cultivates strength in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research; particularly research that blends science and engineering with the social sciences including economics, political science, public policy, and urban planning. This multifaceted approach, combined with the commitment of transforming inventions and discoveries into practice, enables the faculty and students of USC to make a difference and improve the well-being of society.

The USCEI is part of the Office of Research which is implementing the University of Southern California's strategic plan by building interdisciplinary research collaborations that address societal needs and by increasing the impact and prominence of our research. The office invests in research initiatives, promotes our research among sponsors, and provides services that ensure that USC achieves the highest ethical standards in its research.

The USCEI also works with USC's sustainability program which is designed to engage students, staff and faculty in implementing sustainable practices in their workspaces.

The USCEI is the key representative in CleanTech Los Angeles (CTLA). CTLA is a multi-institutional collaboration between the City of Los Angeles, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, UCLA, USC, Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Central City Association, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) to establish Los Angeles as the global leader in research, commercialization, and deployment of clean technologies.