January 26, 2024

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 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 6am – 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 – 643756 which corresponds to NiesLo for Prof. Loring (Larry) Nies. Prof. Nies instructs EEE 355 in fall semester, is EEE 480 course coordinator, as well as wears many other hats for EEE!

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@purdue.edu.

EEE Advising Staff Announcement

Kennedy Hall unfortunately has left EEE as Academic Advisor, and her last day of availability to EEE students was 1/19. She has accepted a position in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Help us with wishing Kennedy good luck!

To assist with transition while a new advisor is hired, Stephen Stewart from the Office of Engineering Undergraduate Education will be assisting with some academic advising services.  Kennedy’s advisees will be transitioned to either Tammi Thayer or Stephen Stewart for primary advising. Please pay close attention to emails that you receive from either Tammi or Stephen.  

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:

EEE Faculty Mentor Change Request Form – Due 1/29/24

Upper-class students who wish to change their EEE Faculty Mentor should download and complete the EEE Faculty Mentor Change Request Form.  Deadline is Monday, January 29 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 https://www.purdue.edu/registrar/calendars/index.html.

Registration Troubleshooting

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  https://www.purdue.edu/registrar/currentStudents/index.html

Summer 2024 Registration

The full Summer 2024 Schedule of Classes is now posted in your myPurdue portal. Students manually schedule themselves in the Schedule Assistant for summer session (not PreRegistration/Batch process) during their assigned time ticket and/or later during Open Registration.  See dates here. A student's specific time ticket to enter Scheduling Assistant for summer is at this path in their myPurdue portal -  myPurdue>Registration Tab>Registration Status & Time ticket. How to Find Your Time Ticket video

The summer PIN will be needed and it is the same as the spring PIN that you received for Spring 2024. Students are welcome to make an appointment with their primary advisor in BoilerConnect if they are unsure what courses to take, but students are not required to do mentoring.

Summer 2024: EEE 35000 Offered ASYNC

Prof. Inez Hua will teach EEE 35000 Intro to Environmental and Ecological Engineering in the summer session.  This is a required EEE course.  It will be offered ASYNC from May 13 - July 7 (Module One and Two).  

EEE Instagram video contest

EEE is hosting its first ever Instagram Video Contest! All students who enter will receive the secret Purdue EEE bamboo lunch box (No students have one...) Contest runs until March 1, 2024, enter by tagging us on your own Instagram video answering, "Why EEE?" More details here or on the attached flyer.

Job Corner with Ms. Whelton, PE

Hopefully you are adjusting to the spring schedule and staying warm. I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe January is almost over. It is time for the spring career fairs to start. There are two events coming up soon I’d like you to think about attending on January 30th (Co-op Days) and February 6th and 7th (Expo). 


Expo is Tuesday February 6th and 7th and will be hybrid (virtual and in person). In person will be on February 6th from 8am to 3pm at the CoRec and the virtual day will be on February 7th from 10am to 4pm. They will be using the career fair plus app like IR did in the fall and company information is up! They have not put up the specific company seminars yet-there will be both virtual seminars (no dates yet given, but it is on the website) and in person (February 5th). The more face time and contact you have with the company, the better. Make sure to go to seminars if you can. 

Appointments are open for EXPO! Please note, not all companies have appointments and some companies have “group seminars”. Just something to think about, I heard that at least several of the companies with “group seminars” didn’t show and when they didn’t you didn’t get individual time with a company rep like you would if you waited in the line. I suggest to maximize your time, you skip the group seminars on the day of the career fair and just stand in line if you want to speak with those companies to get that one on one time. If they have individual appointments, sign up for those, but I don’t think a seminar during the career fair is the best way for you to maximize your time getting a job. Attend the company seminar before the career though as they keep track of who attends.

There is also a Prep Night to help you prepare for EXPO on February 1st from 5:30-8:40pm in PMU North and South Ballrooms where they give you the opportunity to practice your interview skills and elevator pitch among other things. 

Expo is the largest Purdue career fair in the spring semester. Remember that usually there are some companies that have listed EEE as an option, but there are also good companies that don’t have EEE selected. To enhance your job search look for companies seeking Environmental Health Sciences, Civil Engineering, etc. and see if they do environmental work.  Many do!  More information is found in the Handbook for Expo. 

Co-op Days

The Co-op Days Career Event is on Tuesday January 30th. It will be held in the North and South Ballrooms of the Union from 10am to 4pm. Although this career fair is primarily focused on co-ops, there are usually internship and permanent opportunities available. Have you thought about co-op? It is a great way to gain substantial experience as a student. Typically for co-ops, only freshman and sophomores are applicable.  Internship opportunities generally are open to all students. Co-ops have changed at Purdue quite a bit. Many of the environmental opportunities list one or two sessions with at least one being in the summer.  From a quick check, there are 14 companies with environmental opportunities, 5 are open to CPT, which is applicable to international students. To search for the companies and opportunities, go to career fair plus and look for the “Co-op Days”.  Filter by “majors”.  For some reason, there are two listings for EEE (Environ & Ecolog ENGR AND Eviron & Ecolog ENGR). There are different opportunities listed in both—so please select both options. There are also environmental opportunities under Environ & Natl Resources Engr, so select that major too to see more opportunities. IF you really don’t want to do a coop, they may also be open to an internship opportunity. For coop, you only have to work twice for one company, and another time for a different company (3 rotations min) so you might be doing this naturally. There is also a good networking event prior to the fair on Jan 29th from 6-8:30pm in PMU North Ballroom. Networking events are a great way to connect with company representatives in a more relaxed setting.   


Access your CCO account for CCO online job postings! Learn how to set up your CCO account here: https://www.cco.purdue.edu/Home/myCCO/MyCCOTips     

If you haven’t updated your resume, now is the perfect time to get ready for the upcoming career fairs.  A helpful starter guide is found here.  I work with EEE students to create the best resume for each individual.  If you’d me to review your resume, please email me to set up a meeting time.

Peer Tutoring for CE Core Classes

Free peer tutoring is available for anyone enrolled in core civil engineering courses, including CE 21101, CE 27000, CE 297000, CE 29800 and CE 34000. To learn more and make an appointment, see the attached flyer

College of Engineering Ambassador Applications Open

The college of engineering ambassadors are a dynamic, charismatic, and knowledgeable group of engineering students representing all majors as the face of the College of Engineering. Ambassadors have the opportunity to work with College of Engineering leaders, network with Purdue Engineering Alumni, interact with Industry professionals, and develop leadership skills. 

Ambassadors are expected to attend and participate in ENGR 40600 on Tuesdays 6:00-6:50pm and participate in events each semester. Must be currently enrolled in the College of Engineering, have a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher, have completed First-Year Engineering by Fall 2024, and at least 2 semesters remaining before graduation. 

There will be callouts on Tuesday, January 16th and Wednesday, January 17, both at 6pm in Lambertus Hall (LMBS 5237). Applications are due January 28th. Submit your application today!

EEE Travel Assistance Request Opportunity

Looking for a funding opportunity to assist with costs associated with your Study Abroad, Global Experience, Service-Learning Project, Conference, etc.?

Students seeking monetary assistance for travel costs associated with studying abroad, presenting research or other educational activities should use the attached form to validate their need for such support. Applicants should have an initial discussion concerning the intended program with Tammi Thayer.

Applications are due March 15 to Dr. Nina Robinson, EEE Administrative Director. Email to nlrobins@purdue.edu

Application form attached.

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 https://engineering.purdue.edu/EEE/Academics/CurrentStudents/UndergraduateResearchEEE.

SURF Application Open

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is an immersive research experience where selected students will conduct research at Purdue for 10 weeks over the summer. Important dates to be aware of for this program include:

  • Student Application Period: December 1, 2023-Feburary 1, 2024

  • Priority deadline: January 26, 2024

  • Program period: May 20-July 26, 2024

If you are interested in learning more about the program, see the attached flyer or visit the SURF webpage.

The Worlds on Fire - Step Up to Protect Public Health and Safety

Are you interested in joining Professor Andrew Whelton this summer on his project, "The Worlds on Fire - Step Up to Protect Public Health and Safety?" You can apply through the SURF application portal here, as well as read about the project in detail under the list of 2024 research projects. Contact Professor Andrew Whelton, awhelton@purdue.edu, with any questions. The priority deadline for SURF applications is January 26, 2024.

Important Information for Student Scholarships

Are you looking for a scholarship or you currently receive a scholarship from the College of Engineering? Then you’ll want to know that the U.S. Department of Education has revamped the FAFSA form making it less complicated to complete. The new FAFSA is available online now at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Submitting the form online is the quickest way to get your information to Purdue.

Many of the scholarships offered by the College of Engineering are considered “need based” which means that you must report your family income or your personal income if emancipated through the FAFSA form and make sure it’s on file at Purdue to be considered. Even if you don’t think that you or your family meet the threshold for need based assistance, it is good practice to complete a FAFSA if you’re seeking a scholarship.

The College of Engineering considers all students who are enrolled in the College for scholarships without the need for an application. Individual schools may also have scholarships to offer to specific majors. You will need to check your school’s website for more information or ask your Academic Advisor if there are scholarships available! If you have questions about scholarships, please email engrscholarships@purdue.edu.

Semiconductor Student Alliance

The Semiconductor Student Alliance was founded to educate all students of all majors about semiconductors and bridge the gap between students and opportunities within the semiconductor field.

Please see the attachment for more details regarding this organization and an upcoming event with Intel.

Nebraska Summer Research Program 

The Nebraska Summer Research Program is a 10-week intensive summer research experience which provides mentoring and researching experiences while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life. The program runs from June 3, 2024 to August 7, 2024. For more information and to apply, see the attached flyer.

Boilers Go to D.C.

Boilers Go to DC (BGDC) is an experiential learning program to study up close the historic interconnections of political communication, government, news media, non-profits and other influential organizations. This 2-week, 3 credit hour, study away course takes place May 12, 2024 to May 25, 2024.The deadline to apply is February 12, 2024. For more information see the attached flyer

Midwest Student Design Competition (MSDC) 

The Midwest Student Design Competition is intended to promote “real world and hands on” design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in water/wastewater engineering and sciences field. This year, the Midwest Student Design Competition will be held on Monday, April 8, 2024 as an IN-PERSON EVENT. This is a unique opportunity for students at the college level to demonstrate their engineering skills and practices by researching and preparing a design for a water quality based project and presenting their project to water industry professionals. The MSDC committee is hosting a webinar on Zoom to answer any questions about the competition.  The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday February 6th at 5 pm Central.  The webinar will be recorded and posted to our competition website: https://cswea.org/student-yps/student-design-competition/

Join Zoom Meeting - link

Register for EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge

The Campus RainWorks Challenge is a design competition for students from U.S. colleges and universities to showcase benefits of green infrastructure for their campus and community. 

Key dates:

  • Team registration: January 2nd-January 31st

  • Entries due: May 24th

  • Winners announced: Summer 2024

Visit the Campus RainWorks webpage to register and view all the details. Send questions to rainworks@epa.gov

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 https://www.nspe.org/sites/default/files/resources/pdfs/GR/2017handouts/2017%20-%20What%20is%20a%20PE%20document.pdf

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.

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: slcplace@purdue.edu.

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.

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.  Session 1 classes begin the week of January 22nd.

More details about classes may be found on the PLaCE website: https://www.purdue.edu/place/courses/shortCourses.html

Registration is now open for Spring 2024. Go to https://purdue-place.gosignmeup.com/Public/Course/Browse  

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. Current spring semester resources include:

  • 13 Accountability Groups offered this spring semester. Students can view the scheduled times and join a group through our website. These are small groups of 6-8 students that meet for 1.5 hours each week. Students set an intention for the time, work individually, then share out. 

  • Students can Request a Peer Success Coach (PSC) for the Spring 2024 semester. A PSC services as a point-person who can offer guidance to students as they navigate life at Purdue. 

  • There are 9 scheduled workshops for the spring semester. You can view the complete calendar here. Topics include

    • Plan Your Successful Semester

    • P.A.S.S Your Exams

    • Practice Your Pomo

    • Improve Your Reading & Notetaking

    • & More!

See all of ASC’s offerings at https://www.purdue.edu/asc/

QUESTIONS? For more specific information about each service, be sure to check out their homepages, or Email academicsuccess@purdue.edu, 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 https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/InfoFor/CurrentStudents/index_html to see what else is available to you to help.

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