Our Students

The Office of University Sustainability at Purdue employs a number of graduate and undergraduate assistants, who are invaluable in collecting and organizing valuable data on Purdue’s many sustainable initiatives. Our present student assistants are listed below.

Danielle McNeely

Danielle McNeely is an intern at the Office of University Sustainability and is working on the RecycleMania Tournament. Danielle is a junior majoring in Agricultural Engineering with a focus in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering. She also leads the volunteer recruitment for Tailgate Team Recycling during the football season. She seeks to connect food and water security, sustainability, and engineering together to combat the current challenges faced by the globe.

Mark Rodriguez

Mark Rodriguez is an intern at the Office of University Sustainability who works on the Tailgate Recycling program and the AASHEE Stars certification.  Mark is a sophmore majoring in Environmental and Ecological Engineering with a minor in Engineering Leadership.  Mark believes that the Office of University Sustainability has a large positive impact on Purdue’s campus, and he looks forward to the future when he can make a similar impact on the world. 

Manav Mittal

Manav Mittal, a graduate student in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, started working as a Sustainability Specialist Intern at OUS in fall 2015. His portfolio involves reviewing and documenting LEED Credits for both existing and new construction buildings on Purdue’s campus. Manav examined and assessed 2D drawings and specifications for buildings like the Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center, Honors College, and the Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center in order to assure their compliance with LEED requirements. He also conducted an in-depth comparative analysis of diverse benchmarking tools. Manav is involved in a project on the psychological effect of posters and stickers on waste and recycling diversion rates through a grant from Keep America Beautiful.

Lindsey Hummel

Lindsey Hummel is working with Purdue’s AASHE Stars certifications as well as with the Purdue Farmers Market as an intern at the Office of University Sustainability. Lindsey is a junior studying Natural Resources & Environmental Science and Spanish. Her degree is focused around environmental policy and sustainable development.  She is the current President of the Purdue Environmental Science Club and is active in the Student Sustainability Council on campus.

Kathyana Queeman

Kathyana Queeman is a sophmore working towards degrees in Creative Writing and Professional Writing. Within the Office of University Sustainability she is in charge of social media. She also works with the other interns on AASHE Stars, along with editing Office of Sustainability documents, and working Recyclemania events.

Daniel Muldoon

Daniel Muldoon is an intern for the Office of Sustainability working as the main web developer. Daniel is currently a sophmore majoring in Computer Information Technology at Purdue. Daniel wants to emphasize sustainability at all points in an information system.

Recently Graduated:

Allison Turner

Allison Turner recently moved on from being an intern at the Office of University Sustainability and she spearheaded the Eco-Reps program in the 2013 and 2014 academic year. Allison finished a dual degree in Natural Resources & Environmental Science and Political Science. Allison was one of two people to win the Udall Scholar Award twice. Allison recieved the Fulbright Scholarship and is now pursuing her Master's Degree at the University of Waterloo.

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown recently graduated with a B.S. in Environmental and Ecological Engineering. His degree is themed around urban systems and sustainability with a minor in both, Environmental Politics and Policy and Natural Resources and Environmental Science. As an OUS intern he worked on the Tailgate Recycling program and the Eco-Reps program. He has a dream of more sustainable world, one that can be started at Purdue University. He has moved on to working at the Department of Energy in Washington D.C. and plans to work in San Fransisco in a sustainability position.

Where are they now:

Kirti Chintalapudi - Vice President of Boiler Green Initiative, will be attending grad school at Purdue

"Working for the Office of University Sustainability was one of my best learning experiences at Purdue. During my time as an intern, I had the opportunity to develop a Green Office (GO) Certification Program for the university under the guidance of Michael Gulich, the Director of University Sustainability. This experience taught me how to perform research, conduct interviews with university stakeholders, create educational content, and pilot test the program. Working on the GO program really helped me nurture my skills and has made me much more confident. Thank you OUS for the amazing opportunity!"

Tony Gillund - Sustainability Coordinator for Ohio State University

"I enjoyed every minute of working with OUS.  As leaders and project managers, the sustainability staff balance project guidance with work independence, maximizing creativity and creating a positive learning environment."

Amy Marlatt - Staff Scientist for the Environmental Science Group

"Being an intern for OUS was a fun and educational opportunity to take the concept of sustainability I’d learned about in my classes and apply it in the real world. I learned a lot about green building, alternative transportation, energy efficiency, waste management/recycling, and local food. Plus, it’s pretty cool that when I visit Purdue I can say, 'Hey, I planted that tree!'"

Lana Merrill - Landscape Architect for MKSK

“Camille Mahan and I had the opportunity of to work directly with Director of University Sustainability, Michael Gulich, while completing our senior capstone project for the Landscape Architecture Department. With Michael’s guidance, as well as the guidance of our other two advisors, Don Staley and Paul Siciliano, we were able to transform our student work into a national and state award-winning project. We were also able to bring the City of West Lafayette and Purdue University together to discuss our community’s issue of stormwater management. Our project, Designing for Resilience: Reshaping Purdue University’s Campus for an Ecologically Sound Future, not only gave us insight into campus stormwater sustainability, but allowed us opportunities to share Purdue University’s story at conferences in Indiana, Maryland, and Hamburg, Germany. A big thank you to Michael and the Office of University Sustainability for giving us this priceless experience.”

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