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ENE Memo: April 1, 2013

From the Head: 4/1

There has been understandable disquiet following the announcement of the freeze on salaries for some staff and administrators (including department heads). Nevertheless we must not let such things distract us from what we are all here for: our students. We need to be prepared for further announcements and find positive ways to engage creatively in conversations that are underway at Purdue about change. 

An earlier ENE Memo highlighted the six themes in the Open Letter by President Daniels to the Purdue community.

  1. Excellence
  2. Affordability
  3. Shared Governance
  4. Engagement
  5. Open Inquiry
  6. Common Purpose

While the current conversation is centered on affordability, it is also about common purpose of collectively finding cost savings.  Several other of the six themes have been the focus of recent announcements include the overlapping areas of engagement and entrepreneurship. All six themes are useful pointers to the future.

Rather than reacting to every new policy announcement, we must stay focused on our strategic priorities as a school. Equally, we must engage in institutional policy conversations from the firm foundation of our core values but be open to new opportunities to achieve our goals within the changing policy environment. To do this effectively, we must be clear in our direction. We must also be well informed and view announcements through the lens of the six themes. Check out the video of the President's Forum last Thursday; look for announcements in Purdue Today; and follow what is being discussed at the Faculty Senate. The purpose of staying informed is so we can be proactive rather than reactive; so we can be positive participants not passive recipients; so we can shape our future and not allow it to shape us.


Students first - in all we do.   Espoused Value ENE Strategic Plan p3.


Calendar: 4/1

Spring 2013

  • April 1: Faculty Candidate: Dr. Diane Gu, Seminar 12:30-1:30, ARMS 3109 "The Influence of Protege-Mentor Relationships and Social Networks on Women Doctoral Students' Academic Career Asprirations in Engineering and Physical Sciences"
  • April 2: Faculty Candidate: Dr. Morgan Hynes, Seminar 12:30-1:30pm, CIVL 1266
  • April 3: Faculty Candidate: Dr. Joyce Main, Seminar 10:30-11:30am, ARMS B071
  • April 3: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20) - Note Date Change
  • April 4: Increasing Diversity in Engineering - Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd - 3:00-4:00 pm, Kurz Atrium, Armstrong Hall 
  • April 5:  Faculty Excellence Awards
  • April 8-9: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: ENE's Second Decade
  • April 9: Engineering Engineering Education - Norm Augustine  10:30-11:30 am, Kurz Atrium, Armstrong Hall 
  • April 24: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • May 8-9: ENE Advance (9-4) ENE's Second Decade

Summer 2013

  • June 17 - July 11:  STAR​ (Student Transition, Advising and Registration)

Fall 2013

  • Aug 14: ENE Faculty Advance 
  • Aug 19: Classes Begin
  • Sept 27: 2nd Annual First-Year Engineering Friday
  • Sept 28 Homecoming & Family Weekend
  • TBD:   ABET Site Visit (Mon + Tues; most likely in Oct)
  • Nov 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) 
  • Nov 9: ENE Friends at the Football
  • Nov 14: 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium

Kudos: 4/1 Mary Pilotte on the successful defense of her doctoral thesis, "Engineering: Defining and Differentiating Its Unique Culture," last Friday. Justin Hess on being named an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient, and to Lee Rynearson on receiving honorable mention through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

News and Information: 4/1

Welcome, DaFran Ware

First-Year Engineering would like to welcome DaFran Ware as the new Assistant Director of First-Year Engineering Advising. DaFran comes to Purdue from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, where she served as an academic advisor for the past five years. DaFran brings a wealth of experience to Purdue, including advising undecided engineering students, utilization of technological tools, and the supervision, creation, and maintenance of several databases. DaFran also served as an instructor of UNIV 100, a course for undecided engineering students. DaFran’s office is located in ARMS 1355. 

Rick Womack, Eric Holloway Featured in Journal and Courier Article on 3D Printing

Rick WomackJournal and Courier reporter Jessica Contrera toured the Ideas to Innovation Learning Lab and interviewed Rick Womack (left) and Eric Holloway for a March 23 story on 3D printing.




New ENE Graduate Students Association Officers for 2013-14

  • Jacqueline McNeil, President
  • Anastasia Rynearson, Treasurer & PGSG Senior Chair
  • Tamecia Jones, Grad Committee Senior Chair
  • Farra Fayyaz, Grad Committee Junior Member 1st seat co-Chair
  • Nicole Pitterson, Grad Committee Junior Member 1st seat co-Chair
  • DeLean Tolbert, Graduate Student Advisory Council Representative

Flipping the Classroom: FYE Team Finishes the Last Online Module of the Academic Year

Five years ago, with the opening of the i2i Learning Lab and creation of an accompanying new curriculum, the First-Year Engineering program took a big step away from the traditional lecture-hall style of education (“Sleep 100”?) and toward a “studio mode” that emphasizes team-based, active and collaborative learning. As another step along that path, a team of faculty, staff, and graduate students has been working hard over the past year to plan and produce a series of online learning modules for ENGR 131 and 132 that give FYE instructors the opportunity to “flip the classroom" - that is, to provide students instruction online, outside of class time, in order to devote more time in class to student activities.

Under Eric Holloway’s leadership, the team has just completed the last of a total of 46 modules; ENGR 132 students will view the module this week. All told, of the 45 modules, the team created 39 from scratch (other modules incorporated pre-existing material). The comprehensive set included 11 Excel tutorials, 21 MATLAB tutorials, and conceptual modules on model-eliciting activities (3), data analysis (3), teaming (1), and design (6). The modules were created through Adobe Captivate, utilizing text-to-voice capability that enables viewers to watch content on-screen while listening to narration scripted by FYE authors. (See and

Faculty involved include:

  • Robin Adams, who encouraged a look at this technology and the “flipped classroom” model
  • Monica Cardella, who developed most of the Design modules and arranged interviews with William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the book chosen for Purdue’s 2011-12 Common Reading Program 
  • Heidi Diefes-Dux, who developed the model-eliciting-activities modules and provided feedback on the MATLAB/Excel modules
  • Matt Ohland, who developed the Teaming module and the Data Analysis modules
  • Alice Pawley, who showed us that online modules work with FYE students by recording her ENGR 132 lectures in Spring 2012 and Spring 2013
  • Sean Brophy and PK Imbrie, who utilized this technology with Honors classes several semester prior, which influenced the transformation of ENGR 131/2
  • Krishna Madhavan, who helped develop the PPT templates, imagery techniques, and ENE/Purdue branding styles and provided tips and suggestions on how to make the modules more professional-looking.
  • Senay Purzer, who with Robin Adams and Monica Cardella developed and implemented "flipped lecture" concepts in ENGR 131 in prior semesters.

Staff involved include:

  • Lynn Hegewald, who provided feedback and is already looking into new technologies and ways to improve the modules for next year
  • Patrick La Petina, the chief technology investigator; he got Adobe Captivate working and produced about 2/3 of the modules
  • Jim Whitford, who helped with project management and administration

Graduate students involved include:

  • Paul Branham, who developed over half of the Excel/MATLAB tutorial modules’ PPT slides and scripts and provided feedback on every draft of every module
  • Nikitha Sambamurthy, who produced several of the modules in Adobe Captivate
  • Sandeep Suresh, who developed many of the Excel/MATLAB tutorial modules’ PPT slides and scripts
  • Michael Sickles, who developed the scripts and the database that allow us to track student users and the time watched for each module
  • Mary Pilotte, who helped find videos from Microsoft, Mathworks, and other sources for supplemental videos

Clearly, this was a complex and time-sensitive project, and the individuals involved did a masterful job of delivering high-quality content, on time, to students throughout the year. Congratulations to the team on seeing the job through to the end of the 45-module set and for your impact on learning in First-Year Engineering!

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