Energy Center

Purdue Smart Grid Partners

Success in educating tomorrow’s Smart Gird innovators and leaders takes much more than colleges and universities providing academic structure. It also takes

Industry providing direct feedback on curriculum and giving students and faculty hands on learning opportunities. The academic partners below have provided tremendous us tremendous feedback and direction and we greatly appreciate their partnership. Working together, we teach, learn and apply Smart Grid technologies for a better tomorrow.

How to get involved with the Purdue Smart Grid Initiative

Ways to get involved with students and faculty of the Purdue Smart Grid Initiative


Partners In Industry



John Deere Vectren
Huston Tesla ClubCar Nipsco
Delphi Indianapolis Airport Authority
GM GE Aero Engine Controls
Vector Duke Energy
Energy Systems Network LG&E and KU

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Partners In Education

Coventry University (United Kingdom)

Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Ivy Tech Community College

University of Warwick (United Kingdom)

Purdue Computer Integrated Technology

Purdue Electrical & Computer Engineering

Purdue Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology

Purdue Industrial Engineering

Purdue Mechanical Engineering

Purdue Mechanical Engineering Technology

Purdue State Utility Forecasting Group


The Crossroads Smart Grid External Advisory Board

To ensure that the education and training offered meet the needs and expectations of the potential employers of our students, an External Advisory Board has been formed. This part of the project will be led by the Indiana Energy Systems Network, which is a catalyst for partnerships among private firms and research institutions in Indiana. It will be industry led but include representation from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development through the WorkOne centers as well as  Ivy Tech Community College regional campuses and Purdue University regional campuses. The advisory board is comprised  of select industry representatives such as Duke Energy, Indianapolis Power & Light,  Indiana Michigan Power, and the Indiana Association of Rural Cooperatives.  The External Advisory Board will ensure relevancy and accuracy of goals and deliverables in addition to participating in the refining of the vision and objectives. Members will help guide the curriculum development at the associate and bachelor levels.  Concerning career paths, these companies represent a relevant sample of Indiana Energy  companies, and can help students in obtaining internships externships and jobs.


Inaugural External Advisory Board Members

American Electric Power

Delphi Corporation 

Duke Energy

Energy Systems Network

General Electric  

Indianapolis Power & Light

Ivy Tech

Louisville Gas & Electric

Midwest ISO

NiSource (NIPSCO)

Purdue REMC Statewide (Indiana)




Smart Grid Navigation

Smart Grid Contact Information

For more information, contact

J. Eric. Dietz
Department of Computer and Information Technology
Knoy Hall of Technology, Room 259
401 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-494-8130

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