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ENE Memo: August 13, 2012

From the Head: 8/13

birthday cakeThis is the first anniversary of the ENE Memo, the weekly newsletter for the ENE community—students, staff and faculty—created to exchange news and information and to celebrate our achievements.

I hope that you have had a chance to get some downtime and recharge your batteries over this long HOT summer. The 2012-13 academic year promises to be yet another BIG one. Change appears to be the new normal.

I want to welcome all first-year engineering students. They will be engaged in Boiler Gold Rush activities this week including the picnic on Wednesday and the College of Engineering welcome on Friday. I encourage faculty and staff to attend these events. Over the coming year, we look forward to helping these new students to discover something of the richness of engineering and to develop important engineering habits of mind that will help them to be successful, not only in their studies at Purdue but also as they enter the profession. 

On Wednesday and Thursday we will orientate our new cohort of PhD students. I want to welcome these new researchers and invite them to learn about the school and its history and to become engaged with the ENE Graduate Students Association.

On Tuesday we will be holding a Research Advance at which faculty and other researchers will be gathering to identify opportunities to take our research profile to the next level, in terms of scope, scale and impact and exploring strategies to capture these opportunities. A highlight will be a keynote talk by Dean Jamieson, who will outline some exciting developments in the College. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this talk. (Note: The tradition in ENE has always been to hold "advances" rather "retreats," preferring the positive connotations of the former title.)    

I also want to welcome a sabbatical visitor, Professor Michael Loui, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr Loui has a distinguished background in electrical and computer engineering, with an eclectic range of research interests including computational complexity theory, ethics in engineering and computing, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is also the new editor of the Journal of Engineering Education. Please introduce yourself to him.

As ever, please share your news! If you have content for the ENE Memo, especially items for Kudos, please send it to Lisa Tally or me by midday Friday for the following week's issue.

 - David

News and Information: 8/13

Graduate Faculty

On April 28, 2011, the Graduate Council approved implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on Graduate Faculty Levels (Report 11-a.)   After working with our Graduate School Database Coordinator on the needed updates to the electronic Graduate Faculty appointment process and the electronic plan of study,  the Grad School is now prepared to implement the new policy.  On Tuesday, August 14, when you log onto the Graduate School database to submit an electronic Graduate Faculty Request, you will see a new form which incorporates the new policy and guidelines for Graduate Faculty appointments.

Service on graduate committees is directly related to academic credentials, appointment and tenure status, and experience in research and graduate student mentoring.  Graduate Faculty members at Purdue are divided into two major classifications, “Regular” and “Special”.  The attached document, Appendix M, which will be added to the Graduate School’s Policies and Procedures manual, outlines the policies for service on graduate student committees.  As you begin the appointment process for your new faculty, you will refer to this document.

The staff members in the departments who have access to submit the electronic Form 24, Request for Graduate Faculty Appointment, will find that there have been a few minor changes made to the form.  The person submitting the form will still choose either Regular or Special.  I will be reviewing the nominee’s qualifications on the form and assigning a classification (R.1-R.6 or S.1-S-10).  The Indianapolis campus will continue to use the paper form (a new version will be provided very soon.)

As with any new procedure, this will be a learning experience for all.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me or Tina Payne at  Very soon we will also be sending correspondence regarding your 5-year reviews of current graduate faculty.  We will be providing instructions for you to log on to the Graduate School database and submit your recommendations for reappointment, change in status, or inactivation of your current graduate faculty.

WorkLife: Interactive map of campus lactation spaces

WorkLife Programs' lactation support services offer assistance to returning mothers by working with their supervisors to coordinate times and find ideal lactation spaces for them to express their milk. WorkLife Programs has launched an interactive map of current campus lactation spaces.

The map displays 13 locations on the West Lafayette campus and includes descriptions of each room, as well as contact information for the use of each space.

ENEGSA T-Shirt Sale

On Monday, 8/13/12, the ENE Graduate Student Association will begin selling Purdue Graduate Program T-shirts for ONLY $8! You can check out the design by following this link:

If you are interested in purchasing a T-shirt, please contact ENEGSA at Please note that all proceeds go to our ENEGSA. Thank you!

Calendar: 8/13

Fall 2012

  • Aug 14 – ENE Research Advance (9:30am-3:30pm) - including Dean Jamieson presenting on major developments in the College.
  • Aug 15 – New PhD student Orientation
  • Aug 20 – Classes Commence
  • Aug 23 – ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30pm
  • Sept 28 – Inaugural ENE First Year Friday (A celebration of FYE)
  • Sept 28-29 – Alumni Weekend
  • Sept  29 – Family Day (ENE Booth)
  • Oct 12-14 – Homecoming Weekend (ENE Booth and i2i Learning Lab Tours)
  • Oct 24-25 – PhD Open House
  • Nov 1 – 2nd Annual ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium: "Where did I leave my chariot?"
  • Nov 2 – Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: Research

National and Independence Days Around the World

Kudos: 8/13 Dan Ferguson, James Cawthorne, Ben Ahn, and Matt Ohland on the selection of their ASEE paper "Engineering Innovativeness,” from among the Entrepreneurship Division papers, to appear in a December 2012 special issue of the Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship. Based on his work in this area, Dan was also asked to serve as a special edition editor for that issue.

To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact David Radcliffe or Lisa Tally by midday Friday for the following week's issue.