Energy Center


There are several entities at Purdue that work with the industry. Industry representatives are encouraged to contact following offices depending upon their needs:

For partnerships and access to research resources: Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships provides a single point of contact for the private sector to access Purdue's broad range of research resources. In addition the office promotes and facilitates partnerships between Purdue University and the private sector.


E. Dan Hirleman, Jr., Ph.D., Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer, Executive Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships;; (765) 494-9095.

Geanie Umberger, Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundations Relations;; (765) 496-3723.                                


For technology licensing: Office of Technology Commercialization assists in the protection, marketing and licensing of the Purdue university’s intellectual properties.


Chad Pittman, Vice President, Office of Technology Commercialization ;; (765) 588-3475.


For student recruitments: Center for Career Opportunities partners with companies to provide an opportunity to companies to gain greater visibility with students and partners to enhance its delivery of career services to Purdue students.


Tim Luzader, Director, Center for Career Opportunities;; 765-494-3981


For alumni relations and giving: University Development Office, Corporate and Foundation Relations serves as the central point of contact for corporations and foundations to Purdue’s faculty, students, and alumni.


Margarita Contreni, Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations;; (765) 496-6742


For Purdue start-ups: Purdue Research Park serves as one of the largest business incubator for high tech start-ups companies.

Purdue Foundry: The Foundry is a hub to transform innovators into entrepreneurs.


Greg Deason, Vice President and Executive Director;; (765) 588-5254

The Anvil: The Anvil is a student run coworking space providing members advisors and mentors, training services and other necessities to meet needs.


Shane DeWeal, Director of Outreach;

About the Energy Center

The Center’s mission is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. We engage researchers and students in a community that delivers new discoveries and develops disruptive technologies with national and global impact.


Maureen McCann

Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Pankaj Sharma

Managing Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Mann Hall, Rm 105
203 South Martin Jischke Dr.
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971