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Duke Energy Academy at Purdue

Inspiring future leaders in energy

June 22-28, 2014 - Applications to the Summer 2014 program are now CLOSED
Counselor positions are still open. Go to the 'Counselor' section on the 'About' page to apply
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About the Academy

The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue for High-Achieving Students and Outstanding Science Teachers

By 2030, the global demand for energy will have increased by 50% based on the predicted human population increase. A secure energy future, both in the United States and abroad, needs solutions that come from a diverse energy portfolio. Unfortunately, we face a national crisis in the number and quality of students entering the STEM disciplines that will have a future impact on our nation’s ability to lead the world in the energy sector. To address these issues, Purdue University has launched an Energy Academy to inspire high school students and teachers in energy sciences and engineering. Participation is provided free of charge to the 42 participating students and 42 teachers. Teachers also will receive a $400 stipend. The Energy Academy at Purdue will:

  • Conduct a week-long course in summer on STEM-related energy topics areas of power generation, transportation, power transmission, energy efficiency and new research frontiers
    • Lectures: Guest speakers from Purdue, industry, and government will address energy-related topics of current interest and actively engage participants in open discussions.
    • Tours: Examples include visit to a coal plant, wind/solar farm, nuclear reactor, waste digester, propulsion and smart-metering laboratory.
    • Projects: A few student teams will work on energy-related research projects (hands on) based on STEM disciplines while others will participate in a team-based energy policy debate challenge. Teachers will develop STEM-based lesson plans that may be used as teaching modules for their classrooms.
    • Hands-on and demonstration: Examples include role of catalysts, wind turbine and solar challenge, energy storage, electricity distribution and transmission.
  • Provide resources and incentives to promote teacher and student activities in continuous engagement
    • The lecture notes, and PowerPoint slides will be posted on the web site for future reference.
    • The Energy Academy is developing a web site where students and teachers will find many other energy related educational resources including simulation & modeling tools in understanding and designing better energy systems.
    • The Energy Academy will encourage and assist students & teachers to launch energy clubs in their schools.
    • A selected number of teachers will be asked to return to Purdue campus to share their experience in designing and delivering energy lessons in their class rooms.



Project Management

Maureen McCann
Energy Center, Discovery Park
Purdue University
Pankaj Sharma
Managing Director
Energy Center, Discovery Park
Purdue University
Jill Wable
Administrative Assistant
Purdue University
Tolu Omotoso
Purdue University

Advisory Council

Sally Bane
Assistant Professor
School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Purdue University
Nancy Franke
Teacher, St. Peter's Lutheran School
Columbus, IN
School Board Trustee
Seymour Community Schools
Kevin Johnston
Indiana Northwest District Manager
Duke Energy Indiana
Ms. DaNel Hogan
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Gerald H. Krockover
Professor Emeritus of Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Science Education
Senior Faculty Fellow, Owen Residence Hall
Purdue University
James Sublett
Senior Sourcing Specialist
Duke Energy Business Services LLC
Duke Energy Indiana
Joe Knowles
Account Executive
Large Accounting Management Group
Duke Energy

Program Advisory Commitee

Anne Dick
Science Department Head
Maconaquah High School
Bunker Hill, IN
Margie Dobler
Project Lead the Way Teacher
South Adams Schools
Bernie, IN


Student counselors

Counselors for our program will include Purdue junior/senior-undergraduate and graduate students who are studying STEM related disciplines. Counseling in this program is stimulating, challenging and rewarding, and provides a unique opportunity to gain experience learning about energy, interacting with the high school students as well as teachers. The live-in setting also provides a rich environment for developing interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and exploring self-growth. Day and night shifts are available. If you are not available from May 19 to June 21 and also unable to be present all days, from June 22-28, 2014, please do not apply.

Counselors will earn a base salary (fixed amount one time) of $650 for day shift (7:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.) or $450 for night shift (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.) for the academy duration. Free room and board during the program is also provided. All counseling positions/responsibilities begin with training sessions on the Saturday before the program starts and end when the last student in your counseling group leaves for home, around 1 p.m. on the final Saturday. Selected applicants are expected to attend several planning sessions prior to the beginning of the one week program to get familiar with the academy activities (hours spent in attending planning sessions will be renumerated at $7.25/hr). They are also expected to participate in all activities in-town and out-of-town during the one week program.

A comprehensive list of counselor duties and expectations follows: EA Counselor Duties and Expectations.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity employer

Counselor Application


The volunteer position is non paid, but with more flexibility relative to the student counselor position. Volunteers work with academy officials, student counselors and participants in the following activities: registration, inauguration/closing ceremony, hands-on activity, group projects, and other miscellaneous activities.

Volunteers will also be eligible to receive academy materials/souvenirs and meals will be provided during active sessions.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Volunteer Application

For past participants that would love to volunteer, please contact us at energyacademy@purdue.edu.