Message from the Director

alan fuchs

Welcome to the California Energy Research Center (CERC) at California State University, Bakersfield. We are involved in a full range of activities related to petroleum and natural gas, renewable energy, water and agriculture. Our expertise and experience covers a wide range of  topics including:

  • Oil and gas
  • Water and membranes
  • Agriculture
  • Solar and wind
  • Bioprocessing
  • Transportation
  • Energy conservation and sustainability
  • Reservoir modeling and characterization
  • CO2 enhanced oil recovery and sequestration
  • Water resources and quality
  • Electrical / power systems engineering
  • Control systems
  • Energy-related education
  • Energy economics
  • Network security

In addition, the broader energy sector provides opportunities in: biofuels, biomass, photovoltaics, solar/hydrogen, wind,  hydrogen storage, hydroelectric, and geothermal.

We provide research and workforce opportunities to companies and governmental agencies in Kern Co. and regionally. These experiences are incorporated into our engineering and science curriculum.  This provides opportunities for our students to get real world experiences and prepares them to enter the workforce for well paying industry and agency jobs after graduation.

Issues related to energy policy, economics and ethics also part of the center’s mission.  

Alan Fuchs, Ph.D.

Director, California Energy Research Center




CSU Bakersfield is recognized in California and the nation as a leader in addressing issues associated with energy production and generation. The CERC expands our capabilities in this area a collaboration between CSU Bakersfield faculty and students with our local energy-related industry and agencies for the benefit of the local community, the region, and the state of California. 




CSU Bakersfield is located in “Kern County, the Energy Capital of California.” Our service region produces 70% of the oil and gas in California, itself the 3rd highest producing state in the U.S.. Kern County is also the home of significant wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels energy generation.

CSU Bakersfield has established programs in geosciences, computer science, engineering, statistical science and economics, and maintains the California Well Sample (Core) Repository, the Fab Lab, and a wide variety of state of the art laboratories including a scanning electron microscopy laboratory, a geomaterial properties testing system, a sediment analysis laboratory, X-Ray diffractometry, and computer workstations with up to date software for simulations, mapping and interpretations used in petroleum engineering, petroleum geology, internet security, geographics information systems, etc.   The university is actively engaged in millions of dollars of energy research and education projects funded by the National Science Foundation and local industry. The projects always meet their stated goals and the budgets are managed by competent staff members under guidelines set by strict, but efficient financial compliance protocols.

CSU Bakersfield has new majors and emerging capacity in computer engineering, electrical engineering, and engineering science, including a petroleum engineering concentration.




California Energy Research Center (CERC) leverages the university's academic resources and the expertise of Kern County energy industries to address technical, economic and public policy issues associated with energy production and generation in Kern County and California.  The CERC will serve as a catalyst to expand the university's capacity in key energy-related disciplines while benefiting vital regional and statewide energy assets and economic drivers.

To Contact Us Regarding Potential Collaborations or Contracted Research:

CSUB CERC Director
661 654-3968

California State University, Bakersfield
Sci III, Room 131
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311


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