Feature 2023-2024 Industry Sponsor: Johnson Controls and Clayton Home Building Group

Johnson Controls

“Investing in STEM education is key to growing qualified and future-ready leaders. Programs such as JUMP into STEM introduce students to rewarding and in-demand careers that will be an integral part of guiding our sustainable future. We look forward to seeing this partnership build the next generation of innovators.”

-Julie Brandt, Vice President & President, Building Solutions North America, Johnson Controls-

Clayton Home Building Group

“I have been amazed by the level of research and amount of building science detail from the students as they showcase their solutions to the challenges facing the industry.”

“Seeing firsthand how these students are thinking about these challenges helps us generate new ideas, think outside the box, and expand our imaginations.”

-Gavin Mabe, Senior Director of Engineering Operations at Clayton Home Building Group-

For the 2023-2024 program year, the JUMP into STEM team is honored to receive support from Johnson Controls and Clayton Home Building Group!

Student participants and DOE staff pose in front of an Oak Ridge National Laboratory sign following presentations for the 2024 Final Competition in Oak Ridge, TN.

JUMP (Join the discussion, Unveil innovation, Make connections, Promote tech-to-market) into STEM is a nationwide building science competition for undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. colleges and universities, supported by the DOE Building Technologies Office and co-managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with internship support from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

JUMP into STEM aims to attract bright students from a variety of majors (engineering, computer science, mathematics, economics, policy, engineering education, architecture) to building science. JUMP into STEM seeks to inspire the next generation of building scientists, focusing on creative ideation and diversity in the building science field. Through the embedded diversity objective, JUMP into STEM focuses on the inclusion of an interdisciplinary mix of majors and students underrepresented in the building science field.

In the 2022-2023 Challenge Competition, JUMP into STEM drew 75 holistic solution ideas from 28 colleges around the nation. For the 2023-2024 Challenge Competition, the number of solution ideas increased to 83, with 26 colleges represented. The 2024-2025 competition will provide another round of ideas tackling today’s top Building Science Challenges (coming in Fall/Winter 2024).  Join the conversation, Unveil innovation, Make connections, and Promote tech-to-market.

Want to see what JUMP into STEM is all about, why student teams from around the country complete each year, and why industry sponsors like Johnson Controls  and Clayton Home Building Group choose this program?

WHY Join JUMP into STEM as an Industry Sponsor?

Industry sponsorships provide undesignated funds to support JUMP into STEM and allow the inclusion of more students in the Final Competition and expansion of benefits for Finalists, Winners, and Industry Sponsors. Together, industry sponsors, the JUMP into STEM team, and Professor Team provide an outstanding competition environment and opportunity to engage beyond the classroom. This year’s top teams, professors, and sponsors will be invited to attend the in-person Final Competition, scheduled for January 30–31, 2025, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. Final Competition winners receive 10-week paid summer internships at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, or Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Interns may also be invited to participate in a 2-day Industry Partner Visit with select JUMP into STEM Gold or Platinum Sponsors.



For summer 2025, we are looking for up to three Industry Partners to engage with national lab student interns. This opportunity includes 2 days of direct engagement between competition winners and select 2024-2025 JUMP into STEM Gold or Platinum Sponsors.

Focused on illustrating the role and capabilities of industry in technology commercialization, the Industry Partner Visit shall include in-person tours, networking sessions, and unique engagements specific to the Industry Partner all completed concurrently with the winner’s 10-week national laboratory internship.

Learn more about JUMP into STEM industry sponsorship opportunities here or contact Bill Eckman.