The Office of Campus Master Planning & 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.
Mark Rodriguez, Environmental & Ecological Engineering
Mark Rodriguez is an aspiring Environmental & Ecological Engineer with a passion for solving problems and making an impact. In CMPS he mainly focuses on the Tailgate Recycling Team, Green Week and Earth Week. When he’s not at school or work you can find him at the Purdue Boxing Club, staying fit and healthy. If he’s not feeling up for a workout he’s probably eating sushi and catching up on the latest Blackhawks game.
Kathyana Queeman is a senior working towards degrees in Creative Writing and Professional Writing. Within the Office of Campus Master Planning & 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, Computer & Information Technology
Daniel Muldoon is working for the Office of Campus Master Planning & Sustainability as a technology management intern. Daniel is currently a junior majoring in Computer Information Technology at Purdue. Daniel wants to emphasize the use of sustainable practices in every profession regardless of that professions association to sustainability.
Stephen Ussery, Agricultural Engineering
A true boy scout (Eagle Scout, actually), Stephen tries to balance his work and home life by spending time at Clear River Church, practicing jujitsu, and rock climbing, when he’s not working for CMPS of course. As a boy scout, the time he spent outside helped influence his decision to become an Agricultural and Biological Engineer. Now, he works on a variety of projects including Tailgate Recycling, Green and Earth Weeks, and Project Move Out. His favorite part of working for CMPS is seeing how all the different departments and jobs work together at Purdue to improve sustainability. When he’s not working on new events for CMPS, he’s planning his self-sustaining, off the grid lifestyle.
Paige Bradley, Environmental & Ecological Engineering
As the Program Coordinator for Eco-Reps @ Purdue and a Tailgate Recycling intern, Paige is getting all the experience she needs for her Environmental & Ecological Engineering degree. When she’s not working on her degree and or job, she loves to watch Iron Man fight the bad guys while she eats Lotsa. Her favorite parts of work, however, are all the events she gets to be a part of! From Eco-Reps to Earth Week she’s always working with students and faculty to bring awareness to sustainable causes.
Prateek Jain, Masters in the School of Construction Management
Prateek Jain is a graduate assistant at the Office of CMP&S by day, masters student in the School of Construction Management by night, and proponent of the Oxford comma for redundant list items by both. He is involved with the review of LEED equivalency and certification of buildings on the Purdue campus, under the supervision of Michael Gulich. LEED is the cornerstone of his academic livelihood as well; he’s trying to analyze the green building market for his master's thesis, when not occupied by coursework related to sustainability. Like many starry-eyed millennial academics in this field, fighting climate change is close to his heart. He also likes to write, but feels odd doing it in third person and about himself, while attempting meta-humour.
Tamara Mamon, Masters in Engineering Management
After getting her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering with a minor in Environmental and Ecological Engineering, she chose to stay at Purdue for her masters in Engineering Management. Her role as a Graduate Assistant for CMPS is great experience for her goal as a future leader in the industry. If she’s not at the office managing all the student interns, you can find Tamara weightlifting or cuddled up with her cats watching Netflix. When she is working, she loves to be out interacting with students and raising awareness at Purdue.
Lindsey Hummel graduated in December of 2016. Lindsey worked as an intern dealing with Purdue’s AASHE Stars certifications as well as with the Purdue Farmers Market as an intern. She was the Membership Chair of the Student Sustainability Council. Lindsey received a dual degree for Natural Resources & Environmental Science and Spanish. Her degree allows her to focus on environmental policy and sustainable development.
Allison Turner recently moved on from being an intern at the Office of Campus Master Planning & 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.
Danielle received her degree in Agricultural Engineering having a focus in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering. Danielle was the president of Eco-Reps in 2015, she was the main coordinator for the Boilermaker Tailgate Team. She seeks to connect food and water security, sustainability, and engineering together to combat the current challenges faced by the globe.
Where are they now:
Patrick Brown - Project Engineer at Proven Management
Patrick Brown graduated in 2014 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 a CMP&S intern he worked on the Tailgate Recycling program and the Eco-Reps program. He has since moved on to work as a Project Engineer at Proven Management
Kirti Chintalapudi - Attending grad school at Purdue
"Working for the Office of Campus Master Planning & 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 CMP&S. 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 CMP&S 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 Campus Master Planning & 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.”
Manav Mittal - Project Controls Specialist at Administrative Controls Management, Inc.
Manav Mittal, recently graduated from grad school in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering. He started working as a Sustainability Specialist Intern at CMP&S 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 also was 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.