About SERC.

The Subsurface Energy Resource Center (SERC) contributes to the knowledge of subsurface resource development and its associated environmental issues, as well as serves as a resource to policy makers.

The Ohio State Subsurface Energy Resource Center (SERC) contributes to the knowledge of subsurface resource development and its associated environmental issues, as well as serves as a resource to policy makers. SERC effectively organizes and mobilizes our competencies into an interdisciplinary university center that serves as an “honest broker” to interface between industry, government agencies and non-government organizations.

Vision: Become a premier center known worldwide for conducting research, education and outreach that promotes environmentally responsible and economically feasible best practices for developing and managing subsurface energy resources.

Mission: Engage in collaborative interdisciplinary and innovative activities that facilitate creation and dissemination of basic and applied knowledge to advance objective understanding and responsible expansion of science, technology, policy and economics associated with subsurface energy resources.

Goals: SERC strives to foster fundamental scientific understanding and innovative technology development for advancement of responsible subsurface energy development through:

  1. National leadership in subsurface energy resource research, education and outreach.
  2. Research opportunities for faculty investigators to develop and implement collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that attract external funding resulting in leading publications.
  3. Curriculum development and teaching that fosters understanding of the range of issues relevant to the nexus of energy and environment
  4. Outreach and engagement that promotes robust awareness and communication among academic, industry, government, non-government and community stakeholder groups

SERC was established at The Ohio State University in 2011 in response to recent technical advances that are leading to the expansion of horizontal drilling for hydrocarbon-bearing shale and other resources across Ohio. As one of the nation’s largest research universities and the state’s land-grant institution, Ohio State has a wealth of expertise to contribute to subsurface resource development and its associated environmental issues, as well as a responsibility to serve as a resource to policy makers.

In order to promote technological improvement and address environmental and other issues related to energy resource development, the primary functions of SERC will be to:

  • facilitate communication and collaboration between faculty educators and researchers within Ohio State.
  • provide a communication link among industry, government agencies, NGOs, and universities throughout the state.
  • provide a forum to facilitate discussion of energy and environmental issues related to subsurface resource development.

Shale development will be the near-term primary focus of SERC, but other energy resource development issues will also be addressed as opportunities and needs arise.

SERC works closely with Ohio State's Environmental Sciences Network to assist faculty in the environmental sciences with research, teaching and outreach surrounding the energy, environmental and economic needs associated with shale energy.