Energy Center, John Zink Co. collaborate on research fellowships

September 2, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Energy Center and John Zink Co. in Oklahoma are collaborating to create three $5,000 interdisciplinary research fellowships focusing on the area of combustion and open to graduate students across campus.

An announcement, including details about the fellowship program and application process, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in Stewart Center, Room 218D, said Pankaj Sharma, managing director of the Energy Center and the Center for Environment in Discovery Park.

Charles Baukal Jr., director of the John Zink Institute, also will give a presentation on "Flares 101" and describe job opportunities for students at John Zink Co.

Graduate students interested in combustion research from across campus are encouraged to attend.

To be eligible for the research fellowships, students must have 3.0 GPA and be enrolled full time at Purdue. A report and presentation will be due two weeks before the end of the semester during the fellowship. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 1 each year for the three fellowships, with a decision expected by Nov. 1 each year.

Sharma said an ad-hoc committee led by the Energy Center will review applications and make recommendations to the company. For complete application details, go online to

Based in Tulsa, John Zink Co. is home to one of the combustion industry's largest research and development test center also is located in Tulsa. John Zink Co.'s emissions-control and clean-air systems function in the world's most demanding industries - from hydrocarbon and chemical processing, to biofuels, automobile manufacturing, food processing, pulp and paper, waste management, and more. In addition to its Tulsa headquarters, John Zink Co. has offices worldwide.

The Energy Center and the Center for the Environment are part of the university's Global Sustainability Initiative, which was recently launched in Discovery Park to coordinate Purdue's research efforts in sustainability challenges such as climate change, energy, the environment and water. The initiative also includes the Center for the Environment and the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133,

Source: Pankaj Sharma, 765-496-7452,