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ENE Memo: April 13, 2015

From the Head: 4/13

Recognizing Excellence

Last Friday, we celebrated Dr. Krishna Madhavan and Dr. Senay Purzer on being promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure. This is a pivotal career milestone for both Krishna and Senay. Promotion with tenure is the driving goal for every junior faculty, so accomplishing it is a REALLY BIG deal (and a really BIG relief)! 

This particular set of promotions marks the end of a sequence of promotions with tenure flowing from the initial wave of faculty hiring in ENE (as a new department) from 2005 through 2009.  I want to acknowledge the leadership of our colleague Kamayar Haghighi, founding head of ENE, who hired all these faculty, including Senay and Krishna, and thereby created the platform for our success. He would have been enormously proud to see this day come.

Today, we will recognize the achievements of our graduate students: Kelsey Rogers with the Outstanding Research Award and Service Awards for Catherine Berdanier, Nicole Pitterson, and Nichole Ramirez. This presentation will take place at 6pm in Wang 3500 as part of the Open House for our Industrial Advisory Board members.

On Tuesday, a new series of ENE Awards will be presented to Alice Pawley for Excellence in Mentoring, to Steve Hoffman for Leadership and Morgan Hynes for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This will take place at the luncheon for the Industrial Advisory Council (IAC) in Wang 3500 at 12:30pm. These awards are funded with the support of an endowment raised by the members of the IAC.   

On Wednesday, several of our Teaching Assistants will receive awards at the Magoon luncheon. The awardees are Ryan Senkpeil, Julian Archer and Shreyas Subramanian.


Calendar: 4/13

Spring 2015

  • April 8-14: Research WeekCelebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall
  • April 13: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 13: ENE Research Open House for ENE Industrial Advisory Council + Grad Student Service Awards, Wang Hall, 5:30-7:30pm
  • April 14: ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm includes ENE Awards 12:30-1:30pm.
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD
  • April 16: ENE GSA Town Hall, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 17: Friday Forum, Wang Hall 3500 Commons, 4-5pm
  • April 20: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 23: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 27: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 28: INSPIRE Seminar, Wang 3501, 2-3pm
  • April 30: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 4: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • May 6: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 13-14: ENE Strategic Advance, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)
  • May 21: Spring Fling, CoRec, 11:30am-4pm

News and Information: 4/13

Friday Forum

Join the conversation about our vision and hopes for the new Wang Hall research space. The inaugural "Friday Forum" is set-up to allow for intellectual discussion and fellowship with the goal of developing a shared vision based on our core values from the ENE strategic plan and elsewhere. If you have anything to do with the WANG 3500 space (staff, postdocs, faculty, grad and undergrad students), and particularly if you spend a lot of time there, please join the conversation from 4-5pm Friday, April 17, in the Commons space.

The topic for this first conversation will be: "How do you want to feel when you're using this space?"

If you are not able to join us, please feel free to send Alice Pawley an email with your thoughts ahead of time so she can bring that into the conversation.

Strengthening Corporate and Industry Partnerships

Three forums being held in April will provide faculty with the chance to participate in shaping a new initiative that will strengthen Purdue's corporate and industry collaborations.

Dan Hirleman, Purdue's chief corporate and global partnerships officer, will host the forums and provide a brief description of the landscape of an emerging initiative to strengthen Purdue's corporate and industry partnerships. The intent of these forums is to gather input from faculty related to their needs in working with industry. This feedback will help inform the initiative and ensure that it best supports a broad cross-section of the faculty, Hirleman says.

The times, dates and locations of the forums are:

  • April 16 (Th). 9-10 a.m. Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142
  • April 17 (F). 2:30-3:30 p.m. Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, Room 3102
  • April 22 (W). 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Rawls Hall, Room 1086

For more information, contact Linda Higbee, administrative assistant in Corporate and Global Partnerships, at 49-49095 or

Kudos: 4/13 Krishna Madhavan and Senay Purzer on being promoted to associate professor with tenure. Marisol Mercado Santiago (ENE PhD 2014) on her new position as postdoctoral research associate at Western Michigan University. Monique Ross on passing her readiness assessment.

Funding Opportunities: 4/13

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research (SMOR) The SMOR program supports fundamental research leading to the creation of innovative mathematical models, analysis, and algorithms for decision-making related to design, planning, and operation of service, manufacturing, and other complex systems. Specifically, the program supports two main types of research: (i) innovations in general-purpose methodology related to optimization, stochastic modeling, and decision and game theory; and (ii) research grounded in relevant applications that require the development of novel and customized analytical and computational methodologies. Deadline: September 15

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Cybermanufacturing Systems NSF is announcing its intention to accept EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals in FY15 to support researchers who are pursuing novel, early-stage, multi-disciplinary, and high-risk/high-reward research on cybermanufacturing systems. Deadline: June 1

ED-OSEP Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities: Research and Development Center to Advance the Use of New and Emerging Technologies to Ensure Accessibility To address the issues and challenges related to the development, production, and dissemination of accessible educational materials and to ensure that infants, toddlers, and children who are blind or have print disabilities and those with disabilities not traditionally associated with print disabilities have full access to educational content, including graphic content, in accessible formats, OSEP proposes to fund a Research and Development Center to Advance the Use of New and Emerging Technologies to Ensure Accessibility. Deadline: May 26

North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) 2015/16 RFP The NCSRP Board will fund research projects that address their goals to increase soybean grower productivity and profitability while improving environmental stewardship.  The NCSRP will fund both applied and basic research, and the communication of research results, to provide short- and long-term practical benefit to Midwestern soybean producers. Deadline: May 20

Limited Submissions:

Preproposals and rankings to the EVPRP should be e-mailed to Purdue’s open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for preproposals may be found at For any case in which the number of preproposals received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the EVPRP will notify the PI(s) that an internal competition will be unnecessary.

NOTE: The website listing internal deadlines for limited submissions has changed.  Please bookmark the following:

Anticipated Funding Opportunities:

These solicitations are anticipated to be released soon based on the timing of previous solicitations for the program or notices of intent to publish. We are posting this information to help with proposal planning efforts but please keep in mind that the release dates and/or scope of a solicitation can change from year-to-year so be sure to read the solicitation carefully once it is released.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce (U19)  The FOA is expected to be published in June 2015 with an expected application due date in November 2015.


New Podcasts on the NIH Biosketch and SciENcv

NIH RFI on the Proposed Funding Priorities for Neuroscience Research, Input on High Impact and Cross-Cutting Opportunities (NIH Neuroscience Blueprint)  A single institutional response is requested.  Please email Perry Kirkham ( with your response by May 17th.

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