Duke Energy Academy at Purdue

June 18-24, 2017. Inspiring future leaders in energy.

Application now open. Deadline January 16, 2017. Apply here.
To apply for a counselor position (Purdue students only), click here

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About the Academy

The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue for High-Achieving Students and Outstanding Science Teachers

By 2030, the global demand for energy will have increased by 50% based on the predicted human population increase. A secure energy future, both in the United States and abroad, needs solutions that come from a diverse energy portfolio. Unfortunately, we face a national crisis in the number and quality of students entering the STEM disciplines that will have a future impact on our nation’s ability to lead the world in the energy sector. To address these issues, Purdue University has launched an Energy Academy to inspire high school students and teachers in energy sciences and engineering. Participation is provided free of charge to the 42 participating students and 42 teachers. Teachers also will receive a $400 stipend. The Energy Academy at Purdue will:

  • Conduct a week-long course in summer on STEM-related energy topics areas of power generation, transportation, power transmission, energy efficiency and new research frontiers
    • Lectures: Guest speakers from Purdue, industry, and government will address energy-related topics of current interest and actively engage participants in open discussions.
    • Tours: Examples include visit to a coal plant, wind/solar farm, nuclear reactor, waste digester, propulsion and smart-metering laboratory.
    • Projects: A few student teams will work on energy-related research projects (hands on) based on STEM disciplines while others will participate in a team-based energy policy debate challenge. Teachers will develop STEM-based lesson plans that may be used as teaching modules for their classrooms.
    • Hands-on and demonstration: Examples include role of catalysts, wind turbine and solar challenge, energy storage, electricity distribution and transmission.
  • Provide resources and incentives to promote teacher and student activities in continuous engagement
    • The lecture notes, and PowerPoint slides will be posted on the web site for future reference.
    • The Energy Academy is developing a web site where students and teachers will find many other energy related educational resources including simulation & modeling tools in understanding and designing better energy systems.
    • The Energy Academy will encourage and assist students & teachers to launch energy clubs in their schools.
    • A selected number of teachers will be asked to return to Purdue campus to share their experience in designing and delivering energy lessons in their class rooms.



Project Management

qw Maureen McCann
Energy Center, Discovery Park
Purdue University
q Pankaj Sharma
Managing Director
Energy Center, Discovery Park
Purdue University

Salar Simaie
Special Project Coordinator, DEAP
Energy Center, Discovery Park
Purdue University


Tolu Omotoso
Project Coordinator, DEAP
Energy Center, Discovery Park
Purdue University

Advisory Council

qw Sally Bane
Assistant Professor
School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Purdue University
qw Nancy Franke
Teacher, St. Peter's Lutheran School
Columbus, IN
School Board Trustee
Seymour Community Schools
6 Gerald H. Krockover
Professor Emeritus of Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Science Education
Senior Faculty Fellow, Owen Residence Hall
Purdue University
4 Jason Monroe
Energy Management Supervisor
Tipmont REMC
4 James Sublett
Senior Sourcing Specialist
Duke Energy Business Services LLC
Duke Energy Indiana

Program Advisory Commitee

5 Matt Cameron
Engineer, Nuclear Fuel Supply
Duke Energy
32 Yamila Cancel-Sánchez
Science and Math Teacher
The Academy of Science & Entrepreneurship
Bloomington, IN
32 Lora Cottom
Life Science Teacher
South Vermillion High School
Clinton, IN
32 Anne Dick
Science Department Head
Maconaquah High School
Bunker Hill, IN
4 Margie Dobler
Project Lead the Way Teacher
South Adams Schools
Berne, IN
John Hayes John Hays
Vice President
Duke Energy Midwest Operations
63 David Lawrence
Technology Development Manager
Duke Energy
3 Laura Swessel
Science, Earth/Space, and Honors Physics
Providence High School
Clarksville, IN
63 Rachel Williamson
Mississinewa High School & Middle School
Gas City, IN


Student counselors

Counselors for our program will include Purdue junior/senior-undergraduate and graduate students who are studying STEM related disciplines. Counseling in this program is stimulating, challenging and rewarding, and provides a unique opportunity to gain experience learning about energy, interacting with the high school students as well as teachers. The live-in setting also provides a rich environment for developing interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and exploring self-growth. 

Shifts/Time commitment

Day and night shifts are available. Day shift runs from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and the night shift is from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am. Free room and board is also provided.

All counseling positions/responsibilities begin with weekly planning/training sessions from late March, 2017. These sessions are designed to make counselors more familiar and engaged with the program. They are usually 1-2 hours long and are scheduled for after class hours. 


During their shifts, counselors are expected to participate in all activities in-town and out-of-town during the one week program. Counselor duties begin with student check-in by 12 noon on June 18 and ends only when the last student in their counseling group leaves for home, around 2:00 pm, on the final Saturday (June 24). Please download the comprehensive list of counselor duties and expectations here: Counselor Duties and Expectations.


Counselors will be paid a base salary of $650 for their services during the week of the academy. Additionally, hours spent in planning/training sessions and other activities relating to the academy (e.g. helping to design hands-on activities, projects) will be compensated at $10/hr.

DEAP Counselor Callout Presentation

If you are not available from March 18 to June 18 and also unable to be present all days, from June 19-24, 2017, please do not apply.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity employer

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The volunteer position is non paid, but with more flexibility relative to the student counselor position. Volunteers work with academy officials, student counselors and participants in the following activities: registration, inauguration/closing ceremony, hands-on activity, group projects, and other miscellaneous activities.

Volunteers will also be eligible to receive academy materials/souvenirs and meals will be provided during active sessions.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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For past participants that would love to volunteer, please contact us at energyacademy@purdue.edu.