August 18, 2023

EEE Welcome Back Reception

Tuesday, August 29; 5-7PM in STEW 218.  Join EEE students, faculty and staff to kick off Fall 2023. Appetizers, desserts, and beverages provided. Come and go as needed.  Please feel free to arrive whenever you would like (after 5PM fine) and stay for as long as you want. Dress is casual. See attached flyer for details.

EEE Main Office in POTR 364: Hours of Operation

The EEE main office is located in POTR 364. Office hours are currently: M-F 8am-4pm. Unscheduled “drop-ins” are discouraged. Instead, make an appointment with your EEE advisor, either Tammi Thayer or Kennedy Hall, via BoilerConnect. For other staff or faculty, reach out direct via email to arrange an appointment.

POTR Building: Hours of Operation

POTR building hours of operation are 6:00am – 11pm, 7 days a week.

If doors are locked during these posted times, contact the Purdue Police non-emergency number at 49-48221.

EEE Computer Lab in POTR 360

The EEE Computer Lab is available for all EEE students and is located in POTR 360; next door to the main EEE office. See attached agreement for student conduct and use protocols.  

**Key Pad Entry Code – 389426**  which corresponds to FUZHAO for Prof. Fu Zhao.  Prof. Zhao instructs EEE 530 in fall semester, and rotates teaching EEE 360 in spring.

EEE maintains this computer center for academic & social activities. Its use is a privilege reserved for EEE students and those enrolled in EEE courses to work, study, and access dedicated EEE computers. There are 12 desktop computers with internet access and a printer/scanner. The room contains additional tables, chairs, and whiteboards.

Hand sanitizer has been placed by each computer station.

In general, be respectful to others and the property.  Always log off of computers before leaving the room.  Do not lock a computer for later use.  Do not move or alter any of the computer systems.

If you wish to place items on the wall, ask in the EEE Office for appropriate tacky putty.  (No tape or staples.)

Use discretion when determining if to print and how many copies to print.

Please report any room or equipment issues to

EEE Social Media Accounts

Stay up to date with EEE events and info by following on social media. See attached flyer for links to all accounts.

EEE Ambassador Application - Due 9/1/23

Calling all enthusiastic EEE students!!! Are you interested in promoting the EEE program to future students? Complete the EEE Ambassador Application at by 9AM Friday, September 1. You must be officially in EEE to be eligible to apply.

Tammi Thayer will hold a formal training session later in September for those selected. Why Training? EEE Ambassadors will be asked to represent EEE and help with many different types of outreach activities.  This session will help these leaders become more comfortable with:

  • promoting the EEE degree program

  • delivering accurate and concise answers to common questions

  • giving facts about job prospects and salary averages for EEE graduates

  • discussing common career pathways for EEE

  • conveying the differences between EEE and other majors in a positive way

  • communicating with families/students in a professional way

EEE Faculty Mentor Change Request Form – Due 9/6/23

Upper-class students who wish to change their EEE Faculty Mentor should download and complete the EEE Faculty Mentor Change Request Form.  Deadline is Wednesday, September 6 by 9AM. No action is needed from students who are new to EEE this semester. Assignments for new students will be made by the EEE UG office.

Purdue Calendars

2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Various drop/add calendar with deadlines, and future years of academic calendars can be found at

How to Schedule an Appointment with EEE Advisors

EEE and other Engineering students can access the Environmental and Ecological Engineering appointment calendar via BoilerConnect. EEE currently has In Person and Virtual appointments, depending on the time and day.

There are training resources available to students in BoilerConnect on the login page. Click ‘For Students.’  Advisors and service offices across campus use BoilerConnect for making appointments, so these instructions are generalized. 

Student Self-Help Guides:

Registration Troubleshooting

Waitlists:  Fall 2023 waitlists will close/be deleted on Friday, August 18 at 5PM.  Some courses are using Waitlists.  Instructions at

Courses not using Waitlists (& after Waitlists close):  You will need to watch for space through the 1st week of semester.

For EEE selective courses, you may have to consider an alternative course.

Having trouble registering, adding, or dropping? Need an override for a class? There are many resources on the EEE Registration Tools page, such as instruction links for Scheduling Assistant:

The Registrar page also has links for most common registration issues at

SEEE Callout

Wednesday, August 30 at 5:30-6:30pm in WALC 2088

Come learn more about the Society of Environmental and Ecological Engineers. Food will be provided. See attached flyer.

Eli Lilly Day at Purdue

Network with recruiters to learn about career paths at Lilly. See the registration link and other details at this link. Ms. Whelton suggests the 10am-12:30 and 2:30-3:30 activities as these are the most high impact in regard to looking for jobs. Functional Breakouts from 5:15-7pm is another opportunity to consider if you have conflicts with the above or need to balance time commitments.

Job Corner with Ms. Whelton, PE

This section is prepared for the newsletter by Ms. Margaret Whelton, PE.  She is the EEE Manager of Industrial Experience.  The responsibilities of this position include working with industry to secure internships, co-ops, and full time job opportunities for students; developing real world senior design and research projects; and facilitating partnerships between industry and Environmental and Ecological Engineering. She has twelve years of experience as a practicing environmental engineer prior to becoming part of EEE.  She is a registered professional engineer in Indiana, Virginia, and Alabama. 

There are several ways we will notify you about job opportunities or networking opportunities.

Throughout the school year there will be emails sent out in regard to networking opportunities or jobs.  If you receive an email from Ms. Whelton it will be in regard to job opportunities or other opportunities for you to connect (and potentially land a job) with companies.  Please pay attention to these emails.  Networking opportunities may also come from other EEE faculty and staff.

Opportunities could also be given in the EEE newsletter.  All newsletters are archived on the EEE website so you can refer to past newsletters for key information including job opportunities. 

Another way EEE may let you know about opportunities is on social media.  Like “Purdue University EEE” on Facebook and “Purdue University Environmental and Ecological Engineering” on Linked In, and “Purdue EEE” on twitter if you haven’t already.

SEEE (Society of Environmental and Ecological Engineers) also maintains a Linked In group where EEE alumni post job opportunities.  Follow “Purdue Environmental & Ecological Engineering Alumni Network” to connect with current EEEs, alumni and learn about job opportunities.

Some companies contact the CCO (Center for Career Opportunities) directly about job opportunities.  You should create your myCCO account and upload your resume.  There are many opportunities for EEEs through the CCO and we encourage companies to post jobs for EEEs wherever they are most comfortable.  More information on and how to sign up for myCCO is here:

Career fair season is starting soon and Industrial Roundtable is right around the corner.  To prepare for this and other job-oriented events, EEE is sponsoring a seminar where you will learn (and can have your questions answered) about resumes, interviews, networking, and more.  The “Job Tune-Up” seminar will be Thursday September 7 at 3:00pm in POTR 234 (Fu Room).

Speaking of your resume, this is a great time to update it with your summer experiences, current GPA, and current coursework.  It is good to get in the habit of updating your resume at the beginning of every semester before you get inundated with schoolwork.

In addition, websites I suggest specifically for government positions include ORISE (internships and fulltime positions are on separate pages) and USAJobs. A good search engine for state government jobs can be found here. Linked In and well-known job search engines like Indeed are also beneficial employment opportunity sources and have been helpful to EEEs in the past.  Additional search engines suggested by the CCO for opportunities on and off campus are found here.

Job Tune Up Seminar by Ms. Whelton

Thursday, September 7 at 3:00pm in POTR 234 (Fu Room).  Come and go as your schedule allows.  See attached flyer

Led by Ms. Meg Whelton.  As an environmental engineer who has worked in your field, she will give overall tips and advice in addition to answering your questions! This is a great preparation tool prior to Industrial Roundtable.  Sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are welcome.  

EEE 49800 Research Credit opportunity – Circular Economy

An EEE team is actively working on value recovery from landfill leachate (Prof. Shah, Prof. Hua and Dr. Zyaykina), and seeking either one undergraduate student interested in earning 2 research credits (involvement 10-12 hours per week) or two undergraduate students interested in earning 1 research credit each (involvement 5-6 hours per week per person) during Fall 2023 in the frame of EEE 498.  See the attached description for more info.  

Interested students should contact Prof. Shah (, Prof. Hua ( or Dr. Zyaykina ( for further details and to initiate the registration process.

How to Get Undergraduate Research Experience in EEE

Interested in pursuing research with EEE faculty? Students are welcome to reach out to individual faculty that they feel best matches with their interests. Learn more and find instructions on how to approach your search at   

HORT 49100 Hydroponic Systems

Learn about hydroponic plant production.  See attached flyer

EPA's Decontamination Research & Development Conference

Call for Student Poster participants. The conference program includes a student poster competition (in-person attendance required for presenters) and a student networking event featuring a panel discussion about career development in a variety of emergency management and decontamination roles. See conference page here.

Wabash Sampling Blitz by WREC

See this link advertising the fall Wabash Sampling Blitz; the volunteer citizen science event to sample streams feeding the Wabash River.  The event crosses two days, and volunteers can sample at the time that is most convenient to them during those two days.  The dates are Sept 8 and 9. 

Website with more info and registration:

Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) Hiring Part-time Work Study

WREC is hiring an invasive plant technician for the academic year.  This is for students qualified for federal work study only.  The successful applicant will focus on honeysuckle management along the riverfront in downtown Lafayette, but will also manage tree of heaven, wintercreeper, and other invasives in both urban and rural settings.  They will work both independently and with supervision.  No experience necessary, but they should be able to learn to ID bush honeysuckle, make good decisions in regards to safety, be comfortable using herbicide, have their own transportation, and be able to work a physically strenuous field job. 

See attached detailed announcement.  Applicants should follow instructions on this attachment to apply. 

The job description is posted on Purdue’s MyCCO page and on WREC’s website.  Job Description on WREC’s website:    MyCCO job ID: 978402

Study Abroad Fair

Thursday, Aug. 31 in PMU South Ballroom. See attached flyer.

Academic Success Center (ASC) 

The ASC offers a collection of services and programs designed to help students be successful in the classroom. Be proactive and review available resources now. Don’t wait till things get difficult to manage.  ASC provides:  Academic Consultations, Peer Coaching, Supplemental Instruction (SI), Workshops, and much more.  See ASC’s offerings at

QUESTIONS? For more specific information about each service, be sure to check out their homepages, or Email, call 765-494-4700, or visit Wiley C215.

Engineering Academic Support - Resource Webpage

Did you know the College of Engineering has a webpage dedicated to listing academic resources for classes, such as Supplemental Instruction, resource rooms, and how to find a free tutor for some key engineering classes.  Free tutoring is available for some CE and ME courses. Tutoring sessions are scheduled through BoilerConnect, choose Polytech Engineering Tutoring appointment type to schedule. Visit to see what else is available to you to help.

Purdue Wellness Suite Newsletter

Click here to see the August newsletter and to learn about wellness presentations, coaching, financial training, and the Purdue Campus Essentials Podcast.  

Make the Most of College: Gallup-Purdue Index

Purdue has so much to offer!  Wondering how to prioritize what will make the most impact on your future?  The Gallup-Purdue Index (GPI) was formed from a survey of more than 30,000 U.S. college graduates.  

Refer to the Student Guide to Creating a Successful College Experience:  This guide was designed to help college students get the most out of the college experience based on the GPI results.

Professional Licensure & FE Exam: What is it? When to take it? How to prepare?

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is typically the first step in the process leading to the P.E. license. It is designed for students close to finishing their engineering degree or recent graduates. The FE is a computer-based exam that is administered year-round at NCEES (National Council of Examiners for engineering and Surveying) approved Pearson VUE test centers. FYI – Purdue has an approved test site.  The FE contains 110 multiple-choice questions. The exam appointment time is 6 hours long, which includes a nondisclosure agreement, tutorial (8 minutes), the exam (5 hours and 20 minutes), a scheduled break (25 minutes), and a brief survey.

What is professional licensure all about and why is it important?  Learn more at

The EEE website has an information and resource page - click here. This page highlights NCEES, the Environmental Exam, links to various sites to register for the FE, what study sessions are offered on campus (not all apply to EEE, though), how to purchase study guides, and other resources to consider.

PLaCE Short Courses

PLaCE courses are short courses geared towards international students and focused on improving communication and English language skills. Classes are non-credit bearing and free to enrolled international students.  Enrollment is limited to one class for the first week of registration. If space is available beginning August 21st, you may register for a second class.  Session 1 classes begin August 28 &29. 

More details about classes may be found on the PLaCE website:

Registration is now open for Fall 2023. Go to  

Foreign Language Placement Testing 

The Language department offers a fully-online SLC Language Placement Test. For details you can visit their page here. Once at the page, students will be able to download a manual with step-by-step instructions. The test is up and running continuously. It may take a few business days for tests to be reviewed and placement results to be validated.   The official name of the test has been changed from “Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT)” to “SLC Language Placement Test (SLCLPT)”. Questions about placement test related issues can be sent to:

Safety: All Hazards Training

View Key Emergency Preparedness Resources at Emergency Preparedness website. All-Hazards Awareness Training is offered to the Purdue community through in-person sessions and online. This training provides reminders on what constitutes an all-hazards emergency event and how faculty, staff and students in the classroom or elsewhere on campus should react in such a situation. Emergency preparedness officials explain how the campus community receives emergency notifications through the multi-layered Purdue Alert system, what "shelter in place" means and how to respond when they see the phrase in alerts sent out; evacuation procedures; what they can do to prepare; and available tools and resources.

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