Energy Center

Energy Ambassador Program

*We are not currently recruiting. If you have a strong interest in this program, please email us at


Student Ambassadors serve the Energy Center in Discovery Park (EC) as liaisons through programs, conferences and other functions at Purdue. These students serve to improve the quality of events by assisting in their preparation and execution.

Students are given the opportunity to hear speakers and participate in projects and events. They are able to develop an understanding of EC, the research being done and the significance of improving discoveries and development of deliverable technologies with a national and global impact in the field of energy. They are exposed to research and people from all disciplines across campus and nationally.

Student Ambassadors are dedicated to the positive promotion of EC, Discovery Park and Purdue University. They are given opportunities to provide information from national leaders and to promote student involvement in EC activities.


Specific Tasks:

Student Ambassadors:

  • Escort visitors
  • Give tours
  • Assist with conference registration
  • Staff event booth
  • Provide introductions
  • Judge contests
  • Participate in center events


Benefits to Student Ambassador:

Student Ambassadors are given the opportunity to learn about the impact research is having on energy delivery. Through various opportunities, ambassadors are exposed to research and new technologies developed to advance energy solutions. Ambassadors are given the opportunity to host events, and improve their leadership, communication, interpersonal and public relation skills.

Grounded in research, EC actively engages students in research projects through Discovery Park, EC and academic department internships. The opportunity to get involved with EC and the researchers connected to EC provides a path to research affiliation and project involvement.


Benefits to the Energy Center:

Student Ambassadors promote and assist with EC events. These students are visible support for EC, Discovery Park and Purdue. Prior to an event the ambassadors are actively engaged in preparing materials, and organizing personnel.


Expectations of Student Ambassador:

Student Ambassadors are expected to attend research seminars. Students may be expected to "host" a seminar by assisting in the arranging of the meal (if provided) and introducing the speaker. Times of events may vary.

Attendance at events throughout the year is optional however, as an ambassador you are expected to assist with and attend a minimum of two events. An ambassador is given the opportunity to meet key people in the energy field and learn from many well respected researchers through conferences, speaker presentations, and lunches. Students may take advantage of as many opportunities as they wish. A student may also discover additional opportunities such as internships.



EC student ambassadors may be undergraduate or graduate students. Students in any major may apply. Student ambassadors must display excellent communication skills, be self motivated and willing to learn in an unstructured envirmonment. He/she must hold a strong grade point averages, ensuring that the additional responsibility of serving as an ambassador does not impinge on students' academics.



For more information about the EC student ambassador program or to apply, please contact Jill Wable, or (765) 494-1610. A short application describing your academic background and additional questions must be submitted.



An application is available on line at: application   The applications are due by September 19, 2013.

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