Keller Center - Educating Leaders for a Technology-Driven Society


Student Initiatives Overview

The Keller Center partners with and supports numerous student run organizations and initiatives, including those listed below. The Michael L. Lerch '93 Fund, the Norman D. Kurtz '58 Fund, the Eugene Wong '55 Fund, and the Alumni Fund, each administered by Keller Center, also provide funding for students pursuing various engineering projects and internships outside of the classroom. The availability of these funds is announced each fall and all engineering students are encouraged to apply. Funding cannot be awarded for junior independent work, senior thesis research, or startups, and teams/groups must consist of at least one engineering student and have the support/endorsement of a faculty advisor. Visit the links to the left to learn more about each of these funds.

NOTE: Beginning with the Fall 2014 cycle, all funding opportunities through the Keller Center will be offered in the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). 

Princeton Entrepreneurship Club logo

The Princeton Entrepreneurship Club is a student-run organization that helps students pursue entrepreneurship as a career path through startup events, job opportunities, and a supportive community. Founded in 1996, E-Club has since grown into a 900+ member group and is rapidly growing. The E-Club is proud to have served as the launch pad for dozens of successful companies. They welcome all students, alumni, professors, staff, and community members who have an idea or an interest in entrepreneurship to come join them.

PSEIAlso part of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club is the The Princeton Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. In the spirit of the university's unofficial motto, "Princeton in the nation's service and in the service of all nations," PSEI aims to catalyze a movement of Princetonians who are effective agents of positive social change through action-oriented entrepreneurial thinking.  Founded in 2009, PSEI grew out of the EGR 495 social entrepreneurship lab, taught by then-visiting professor Gordon Bloom.  Initially formed as a platform through which students would be encouraged to think entrepreneurially to identify areas of need - and then innovate and address those needs - PSEI remains dedicated to this mission today.  An entirely student-run organization, PSEI engages its 200-strong student coalition through unique programs and initiatives intended to shift the thinking about global problems into a recognition of global opportunities.  PSEI works to support and facilitate a growing network of globally minded leaders driving social innovation to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

Engineers Without Borders PrincetonEngineers Without Borders - Princeton University (EWB-PU) is a dynamic group of students dedicated to effecting positive change in the world. With members majoring in everything from chemical engineering to economics to anthropology, the EWB-PU chapter is one of the oldest EWB chapters in the country, supporting three extraordinary development projects across the world. EWB-PU allows members to gain a holistic understanding of engineering and development, as well as to pursue unique professional development and leadership opportunities. Read more about EWB-PU's international projects, on-campus initiatives, and student experiences here.

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The mission of PWiCS (Princeton Women in Computer Science) is to support and encourage women who are interested in pursuing computer science as a discipline, and to generate interest among younger girls in science, engineering, and technical careers. We organize events on campus, partner with technology companies, and have just started a new community outreach program with high school computer science workshops. 

Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering

The continued development of autonomous robots has the potential to save lives. At PAVE, students conduct robotics research with the intent to solve real-world problems, such as reducing the number of motor vehicle accidents. The group strives to educate the community about advances in robotics technology, and to inspire students to pursue degrees and career paths related to robotics. PAVE, advised by both Professor Alain Kornhauser and Clancey Rowley, is supported in part by the Keller Center. Check out the new Certificate Program in Robotics and Intelligent Systems being offered to juniors and seniors!  

International Association of Hydrogen Energy - Princeton Chapter

The International Association of Hydrogen Energy Princeton University Chapter is a renowned international organization, with a main objective to promote hydrogen as a sustainable energy carrier for the future. As one of the organization's pioneering student chapters in US, IAHE-PU will aim to engage the campus with learning more about hydrogen energy, its potential, its limitations, and the open questions motivating today's cutting-edge research on alternative energy.