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ENE Memo: August 20, 2012

From the Head: 8/20

Community : Agility : Opportunity

The opening value espoused in the ENE Strategic Plan is Students First in all we do. With all the running around preparing for the start of classes, it is often easy to lose sight of the reality that it is what our students experience while at Purdue that shapes them. We all play a critical role in helping our students to have transformative experiences by challenging their assumptions and expanding their horizons. Education is not a commodity; we are not purveyors of educational "products" to "customers" who are always right. On the contrary, we are designers of learning experiences based on respect for our students as individual learners and active participants in knowledge construction. We are a learning community. 

This week we welcome another large cohort of new First-Year Engineering (FYE) students as well as new students in Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies and Multidisciplinary Engineering programs and a new cohort of PhD students. We also welcome back continuing IDES/MDE and PhD students. Each of these individuals has enormous opportunities to learn about themselves, to grow as citizen engineers and thereby make a positive difference in the world over a lifetime.

I want to thank all those people in the ENE community - especially advisors, the learning support team, the business office, admin support and communications - who have worked very hard over the summer to prepare for this week. Summers get quite hectic around here.

This promises to be an exciting year!  We are entering a period of significant growth in engineering that will present many challenges but also provide us with enormous opportunities to achieve amazing things. To capture these opportunities we will need to be proactive and imaginative, yet measured and accountable, but above all - agile.

The foundation for success in this time of growth is having a cohesive, collaborative community built upon mutual respect and trust. As a young school, composed of individuals drawn from diverse and eclectic backgrounds working in an emergent field of scholarship and research, we are still forming as a coherent scholarly community. If we are to grasp the enormous opportunities before us, we will need to be adept at finding imaginative ways to continue building this community while simultaneously growing and working on new endeavors. This will not be easy, but this is nothing new for ENE; after all, we have been building this plane while flying it since our inception 9 years ago.

The difference now is that we have many of the major pieces in place, including the new FYE courses and the PhD program. Faculty have become more established in their areas of research and scholarship and they are taking on more leadership roles. Our staff numbers have increased, and their collective capacity to support student success has grown through the learning curve of the past few years. We are in good shape to take on the challenges and opportunities this year presents and thus realize many of the stretch goals that we set ourselves in the ENE Strategic Plan (2009-14).     

Or in the style of the motto of France, success this year (and beyond) centers on "Communité: Agilité : Opportunité!"

 - David

News and Information: 8/20

Emergency Preparedness 

As we enter the 2012-13 academic year, please remain vigilant and keep safety and security precautions in mind and remain observant and cautious in regards to natural disaster and incident response.

In preparation for the new semester, I ask faculty to take the following steps to ensure students and classes are prepared:


  1. Please insert a paragraph into your syllabus explaining that emergencies due to severe weather or other circumstances may necessitate a change in the course. Emphasize efforts at instructional continuity through a campus shutdown, such as last winter’s severe weather shutdown.
  2. Please take a few minutes of class time to review Emergency Response procedures with students. Preparedness information can be found on the Emergency Preparedness website at  Specific building information is found in the Building Emergency Plan (BEP). The Building Emergency Plan is normally maintained by the Building Deputy. I encourage all faculty and staff to review both documents for emergency response procedures. Specific “shelter in place” guidelines can be found on page 18 of the EPH for any occasion when the All Hazards Outdoor Emergency Sirens sound.
  3. Please let students know that updates and emergency information will be posted on Purdue’s home page and urge your students to sign up for emergency text alerts. Text message sign-up procedures can be found on the Emergency Preparedness website at
  4. Please  develop a method of mass communication on email or text messaging so you can alert students of cancelation of class or assignments.

I strongly encourage all ENE faculty and staff to regularly review emergency planning information to help keep our Purdue community a safe place to work, study and live.


ENE Policies, Processes, and Resources Web Page

This page is up at and is available from the ENE home page: see  *Information For...* (left-hand sidebar), choose *Faculty & Staff*, and see *Other Faculty and Staff Resources*.

The page is intended to be one-stop shopping (as much as we can make it so) when you need answers to questions about how operational matters are handled in the school. Information is organized into the categories Safety, Business Office, General Office, Graduate Handbook, and i2i Learning Lab Resources. The Business Office section remains a work in progress while a number of new policies are being documented and put into effect, but you'll still find a lot of useful information there at this point. The Graduate Handbook will be posted once a revision is completed. As for General Office, we have a lot of information up, but if you're looking for something there and don't see it, please let Lisa Tally know, and we'll work on an addition.

ENE Research Seminar


Speaker    David Radcliffe,
Kamyar Haghighi Head, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Title ENE: The Year Ahead
Details 3:30-4:20 pm, Thursday August 23, ARMS B071


Work-Life Programs

Aug. 22. 12:10-12:50 pm. Freehafer Hall, Rooms 2-1, 2-2.

Qigong is similar to yoga and tai-chi and has been practiced in China for more than 4,000 years. "Qi" means vital life force or energy and "Gong" means form. Participants will practice this exercise that builds energy in the body and assists with natural healing through slow, graceful movements, focused breathing, and meditation. Please wear tennis shoes and bring a yoga mat, beach towel, or blanket. 

Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Aug. 29. 12:10-12:50 pm. Freehafer Hall, Room 2-1, 2-2.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation incorporates a series of exercises in which you tense your muscles as you breathe in and relax them as you breathe out. Participants will be led through many exercises during this interactive session.

Parenting Wired Kids: Protecting Kids to Safely Use Online Devices
Aug. 27. 12:10-12:50 pm. Stewart Center, Room 313.

Parents need to keep abreast of the latest threats to their children online. Those threats change as they grow up and have more peer influence and join social networking sites. Today there are blogs, cell phones, email, chat, instant messages, online gaming, social networking, and webcam interactivity. So many issues to address, and we will boil it down to the basics and offer resources to keep current on these issues.

Credit Card Legislation
Aug. 29. 12:10-12:50 pm. Stewart Center, Room 320.

Most of us have a credit card, but we don't all stay up-to-date on legal issues that impact those credit cards. Find out what's changed and how that translates to you, the credit card consumer. 

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Calendar: 8/20

Fall 2012

  • 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 (TBC)
  • Nov 1 - 2nd Annual ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium - "Where did I leave my chariot?"
  • Nov 2 - Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: Research

National or Independence Days around the World

  • Aug 20 – Hungary – Foundation Day
  • Aug 25  - Ukraine – National Day
  • Aug 25 – Uruguay – Independence Day

If you know someone from any of these countries, wish them all the best for the celebrations of their national day

Kudos: 8/20 Celia (Rui) Pan (ENE), Shih-Ping Kuo (EDCI), and Johannes Strobel (ENE, EDCI) on the publication of the article "Interplay of computer and paper-based sketching in graphic design" in International Journal of Technology and Design Education. Senay Purzer on the birth of her daughter, Peri Nicole.

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