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ENE Memo: August 22, 2011

From the Head

Let the Classes Begin!

Our foremost espoused value in the ENE Strategic Plan is Students First in all we do. This week we welcome a record number of new students to First-Year Engineering (FYE), plus new students in Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies and Multidisciplinary Engineering and a large new cohort of beginning PhD students. We also welcome back continuing IDE/MDE and PhD students.  

While we still do not know the final number of FYE students, beginners and those coming to the class via other avenues, we know it is a record number and that we have the largest number of international students ever. Purdue has the second largest enrolment of international undergraduate students of all the public universities in the USA.

I want to thank all those people, especially the ENE staff, who have worked very hard over summer and particularly in the last week or so to make arrangements to prepare for this bumper number of students. I want to acknowledge the work, sometimes under trying circumstances, of Eric Holloway and his team, the sustained efforts of the Billi Jennings and the whole Academic Advising team who having survived STAR were here on Saturday orientating over 400, mainly international, FYE students, the work of Cindey Hays in organizing desk locations for the new visiting faculty, new staff and PhD students and Loretta McKinniss and others who helped put together and present the PhD orientation last Friday.

The deeply formative experiences our students have while at Purdue will last a lifetime. We all have a critical role to play in helping our students to have such transformative learning experiences.

 - David

News and Information

Safety Awareness and Preparedness

As we enter the 2011 – 2012 academic year, please remain vigilant and keep safety and security precautions in mind. I appreciate your efforts to 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 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. The Emergency Procedures Handbook (EPH) can be viewed at We 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 cancellation 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 Research Seminar

Speaker David Radcliffe, Kamyar Haghighi Head, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Title ENE: The Year Ahead
Details 3:30 – 4:20pm, Thursday August 25, 2011, Forney Hall G124

Participation Sought

Class of 1961 Alumni Reception (Friday Sept 16, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Armstrong Hall)
We'll be hosting a reception with coffee and rolls in the area outside of ARMS 1300, where visitors will gather for i2i tours. We need faculty and staff volunteers to take 30-minute shifts (10 – 10:30, 10:30 – 11, 11 – 11:30) to chat with visitors. Please contact Becky Fry to volunteer.

Family Day (Saturday Sept 17, 9-11 a.m., Engineering Mall and i2i)
ENE will have an informational booth set up in the Engineering Mall for students and families and will be offering tours of the i2i lab. We need faculty and FYE advisors; to take one-hour shifts to answer questions about the First-Year Engineering program. Please contact Becky Fry to volunteer.

Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition Callout

The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship and Krannert School of Management are pleased to announce the 25th annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition to be held on February 21, 2012. Total Prize package to be awarded to Purdue students – $100,000.

The competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students of Purdue University. Interested students with a business idea are invited to enter and to attend a call-out on:

  • September 6, from 6 – 7:30 in RAWLS 1011 or
  • September 7, from 5 – 6:30, or September 8, from 7 – 8:30 in the Burton Morgan Center room 121 *

Questions will be answered and the registration process will be discussed. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to enter. Registration will be open beginning September 8th.

Additional information: Jackie Lanter, 494-1335


  • Wednesday, Aug. 31: Faculty deadline for voting on ENE Outstanding Alumni Award nominees
  • Thursday, Sept. 1: Research Seminar: What's Happening With Women in Engineering: ENE Grad Students Present Their Research: Beth Holloway, Qu Jin, Julia Thompson, Lorie Groll: 3:30-4:30 (FRNY G124). [See all fall research seminars.]
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6: Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30 (ARMS 1021)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13: Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30 (POTR 234 - Fu Room)
  • Friday, Sept. 16:  ENE reception and tours of i2i Class of '61
  • Saturday, Sept. 17:  Family Day (tent outside MSEE); tours of i2i
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20: Purdue Engineer of 2020 Workshop: Designing a Safer Tomorrow
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27: Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30 (POTR 234 - Fu Room)
  • Tuesday,  Oct. 4: Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30 (ARMS 1021)
  • Wed/Thurs, Oct. 19-20: Grad Recruitment Open House
  • Thursday, Oct. 20:  Science on Tap: 50th Anniversary of Spaceflight: Lessons for Tomorrow
  • Saturday, Oct. 22:  Homecoming (booth in ARMS atrium); tours and refreshments in i2i
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30  (POTR 234 - Fu Room)
  • Thursday, Nov 10: It Takes A Team. 3:30-5:00pm.  A Celebration of 50 Years of Human Space Flight. This event is a prelude to the ENE Industrial Advisory Board meeting.
  • Friday, Nov 11: ENE Industrial Advisory Council Meeting  
  • Mon/Tues, Nov. 21-22: Site Visit by External Review Committee


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