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ENE Memo: April 18, 2016

From the Head: 04/18/2016

Paul Birkhimer Endowment 

As we close out our first academic year without the presence of Paul Birkhimer, it may be an appropriate time to remember his impact on FYE students, and all of us.  Many of you will remember Paul’s passion for guiding young people along their path of self-discovery and personal and professional development.  You may remember that he cared, he listened, and he advised with his whole heart.  You may remember his huge smile or the twinkle in his eye.  You may remember his optimism and positivity that drew people to him and his leadership. 

In remembrance of Paul, an endowment fund has been created to support professional development for ENE advisors. Contributions can be made on on-line

With Purdue's Day of Giving coming up next week on April 27, please spread the word about this endowment to help ensure that Paul’s legacy continues in perpetuity. 


Kudos: 04/18/2016

2016 Graduate and Undergraduate Student Awards

  • Molly Goldstein, College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award 
  • Qin Zhu, College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award
  • Nichole Ramirez, Dean Betty M. Nelson Service Award
  • Natascha Trellinger,  ENE Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award
  • Catherine Berdanier, ENE Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award 
  • Hector RodriguezEstus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Alexander Klapka (Acoustical) and Schyler Curtice (Acoustical), IDE Alumni Award for Outstanding Service
  • Sonja Adams  (Acoustical) and Lauren Denney (Engineering Management), IDE Alumni Award for Outstanding Senior Academic Achievement
  • Sean Obrecht (Acoustical) IDE Alumni Award for Outstanding Junior Academic Achievement

... to Alejandra Magana (ENE Courtesy) and Ed Berger on the award of $325,081 from NSF for a project entitled “Haptic-Based Learning Experiences as Cognitive Mediators for Conceptual Understanding and Representational Competence in Engineering Education

... to Matt Ohland, the 2016 recipient of the Class of 1922 Helping Students Learn Award

News and Information: 04/18/2016

Earth Week at Purdue

Monday, April 18

  • An interactive tent will be hosted by Living Essentials, LLC in Academy Park from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • Manoj Bhargava, entrepreneur, philanthropist and creator of Billons in Change, will be delivering a keynote lecture at 6 p.m. in Fowler Hall. To reserve a seat, pre-register here for the Keynote Lecture.

Wednesday, April 20

  • Bike to Class Day
  • Informational booths about bicycle safety and the Zagster Bike Share program will be available from 12 to 3 p.m. The booths will be located at the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall and near Meridith Hall at the southwest corner of Third Street and Martin Jischke Drive. Arrive at the booth on a bicycle for an added incentive of food and an opportunity will be available to enter to win prizes.

Friday, April 22

  • Tree Campus USA event

This event will begin with a brief presentation during which Purdue University will receive our seventh consecutive Tree Campus USA award, and then volunteers will receive instruction on how to plant a tree. To volunteer, pre-register here for the Tree Campus USA event. All registered volunteers in attendance will receive a free lunch.

3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit

INSPIRE would like to invite you participate in the  3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit August 11-13, 2016 in Chicago. Participants are encouraged to submit papers as well as invite friends and colleagues to do the same. There is an opportunity for groups to co-host the event and for individuals to serve on the planning committee. You do not need to submit a paper to attend. Registration for authors and other attendees is $250.

Summit Website:

Contact Elizabeth Gajdzik with any questions.

Calendar: 04/18/2016

Spring 2016

  • April 17-19: Dr. Vinod Lohani, Professor, Department of Engineering Education; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Faculty Director (Education & Global Initiatives), Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), Virginia Tech. Seminar April 18, 9:30 – 10:30am
  • April 20-22: Dr. Rick I. Zadoks, Engineering Technical Steward, Caterpillar Inc. Seminar April 21, 9:30 – 10:30am, WANG 3520
  • April 20: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards
  • April 21: Canceled Faculty Meeting, 9:30 – 11:20 am, WANG 3501 (Head presentation)
  • April 21: ENE Grad Students Association Town Hall, ARMS BO71, 3:30 – 4:30pm
  • April 22: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • April 24 – 26: Dr. Mitchell J. Nathan, Department of Educational Psychology (Learning Sciences), School of Education; Affiliate Faculty: Psychology Dept., & Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Seminar April 25, 9:30 – 10:30am, WANG 3520
  • April 27: Purdue Day of Giving
  • April 29: ENE Friday Noon-Thirty Lunch, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, WANG Kitchen
  • April 30: Classes end
  • May 5: Faculty Meeting, 9:30 – 11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • May 10: Grades Due
  • May 11/12: ENE Strategic Advance
  • May 13: Engineering Commencement, 8pm, Elliot Hall of Music
  • May 25: Spring Fling, 11:30am – 4pm, Memorial Mall

Summer 2016

  • June 26 – 29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • Aug 11 – 13: 3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago

Fall 2016

  • Aug 14: End-of-Summer Potluck, 5 – 8pm, Happy Hollow Park
  • Aug 15: Faculty return
  • Aug 17: ENE Advance (TBD)
  • Aug 22: Classes begin

Funding Opportunities: 04/18/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Fundamental Research to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning, and Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities within the EHR Core Research Program With this DCL, NSF invites proposals focused explicitly on advancing knowledge about STEM teaching and learning, and workforce development, for individuals with disabilities. Research in disabilities education includes fundamental research about learners (of all ages) with disabilities in STEM, with a particular focus on efforts to understand and address disability-based differences in STEM education and workforce participation. Deadline: September 8

DOD 2017 Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI) The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as "universities") that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. There are 23 topics of interest for this year’s competition.  White papers due August 1; Proposals due November 15.

DOE-ARPA-E Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) This program seeks to fund the development of new and emerging vehicle dynamic and powertrain control technologies that can reduce the energy consumption of future vehicles through the use of connectivity and vehicle automation. Potential vehicle energy improvement technologies may include, but are not limited to, advanced technologies and concepts relating to full vehicle dynamic control, powertrain control, improved vehicle and powertrain operation through the automation of vehicle dynamics control functions, and improved control and optimization facilitated by connectivity. Concept papers due May 24.

DOC-NOAA Science Collaboration Program This program represents an effort to support the development of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers and scientists with expertise in NOAA-related sciences. This will be accomplished through collaborations between these scientists and professionals in areas of mutual interest across the full spectrum of NOAA sciences. It is expected that some of the scientists will collaborate onsite at NOAA facilities and laboratories. NOAA will also support associated workshops that will serve to further enhance collaborative relationships.  Deadline: June 13

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.

Limited Submission: Brain Research Foundation’s Scientific Innovations Award Program This program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism is designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories, under the direction of established investigators. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.  Each total award is limited to $150,000 (direct costs) for a two year grant period from the specified dates only (January 2017-December 2018) and funds must be spent within the grant period. Eligible faculty are full-time professors or associate professors working in the area of studies of brain function in health and disease. Current major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding is preferred but evidence of such funding in the past three years is essential. Studies should be related to either normal human brain development or specifically identified disease states. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. The grant proposal must detail a new research project that is not funded by other sources. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one nomination.

  • Internal deadlines are as follows:
  • Monday, April 18: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, April 25: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP. 
  • Sponsor deadlines:  June 20 – LOI; December 2 – Full proposal (by invite only)

Limited Submission: DOE Industrial Assessment Centers The goal of the IAC program is twofold: first, to provide energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness recommendations to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); and second, to help address a growing shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy and manufacturing-related skills. Led by engineering faculty and staff, the selected IACs will perform assessments for SMEs, mostly in their geographic region, which will result in energy and water savings, waste reduction, opportunities for smart manufacturing, potential enhancements to cyber security and related information technologies, and sustainability and productivity improvements for the manufacturers. The IAC students will gain real world technical experience from these assessments as well as relevant skills in interacting with plant and corporate management; preparing executive-level briefings and plant-specific reports; and facilitating continuous improvement in energy management. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

  • Internal Deadline: Contact by April 18.
  • Sponsor Deadline: Optional Letter of Intent due April 28; Application due May 20

As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty. Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions

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