Purdue recognizes students for their interest in sustainable home building, living

June 5, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University recognized five students who are building and designing sustainable spaces for living and working.

Purdue Marketing and Media has developed a website at http://www.purdue.edu/fivestudents that includes information about the students.

The five students are:

* Lakshmipathy Alugaddala, a senior in construction engineering management from Hyderabad, India, has worked on two LEED-certified buildings on campus. LEED is short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. He is working on earning a LEED green associate credential this summer.

* Michelle Bouley, a junior studying interior design with a minor in building construction management, from Grand Rapids, Mich., is co-founder of Purdue's chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Her career dream is to design a LEED-certified building in hospitality - notably hotels and resorts.

* Samuel Rymer, a junior in building construction management, from Carmel, Ind., was named Outstanding Student at the 2013 National Association of Home Builders international show in recognition for his work with the NAHB Student Chapter residential construction management competition. As leader of the Residential Competition, he oversaw the creation of a 150-page proposal and was determined to make the Purdue team stand out from the crowd.

* Rachel Weller, a senior from Greenwood, Ind., who graduated in May and studied interdisciplinary science, is now stationed in El Paso, Texas, where she leads Casas por Cristo - Houses for Christ - volunteer groups into Mexico (both Juárez and Acuña) and San Raimundo, Guatemala.

* Anthony Wurl, a senior from Ludington, Mich., who graduated in May and studied nuclear engineering, was founder and president of the Purdue Energy Forum, a campus-wide group that works toward promoting sustainability through all aspects of life. He organized the Collegiate Energy Summit, which brought former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar to campus last fall.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

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