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ENE Memo: April 6, 2015

From the Head: 4/6

Showing Pride in Our New Research Facility

This Thursday evening (April 9), we host the dinner for the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council (EAC) in our new research facility in Wang Hall. Our guests at this event will include not only members of the EAC, but also senior faculty and staff from the College (the Dean, Associate Deans, School Heads and members of the Dean’s Cabinet); around 40-50 people in all.

This is an excellent opportunity for us to present Engineering Education Research in the form of posters, static or dynamic displays, and maybe examples of how we do our research; an ENE Research Expo. The goal is that between 6-7pm, when our guests have their reception before the dinner, they explore our research laboratories and chat with faculty, professional research staff and students. Beyond posters and such, it has been suggested that some research groups might hold research meetings during that time (6-7pm) and have our EAC guests “see” what we do.

Last November, the members of the EAC received an excellent introduction to our research based on two lively panel discussions that featured six of our faculty. Hosting the EAC in our new research facility on Thursday enables ENE to reinforce the very positive impression this leadership group gained of us last year. Our Research Expo gives us important visibility in the College and beyond. Putting on a great show is also an excellent way that we can thank the Dean for her confidence in ENE, expressed through the multimillion dollar investment that the new facility represents.

Hopefully, all the teething problems and frustrations of this two month transition to our new facility are behind us and this Expo and EAC dinner will mark the true beginning for this unprecedented facility; a very festive launch for a first-in-class suite of laboratories. 

Please note on Wednesday (April 8) we have to do some major rearrangement of the furniture in the kitchen area to set up for the EAC dinner. On Friday (April 10), the furniture all has to be returned to the normal positions. We will set up displays on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.  

The following week we host our ENE Industrial Advisory Council in the new facility. But more or that later...


Calendar: 4/6

Spring 2015

  • April 6: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 8-14: Research WeekCelebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall
  • April 9: No ENE Research Seminar: Preparations for ENE Research Expo in Wang Hall 3:30-5:30pm
  • April 9: ENE Research Expo for College of Engineering Advisory Council, Wang Hall, 6-7pm
  • 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 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)

News and Information: 4/6

Verizon Powerful Answers Award

Verizon is preparing for the launch of the 3rd Annual Powerful Answers Award contest. This year’s Powerful Answers Awards may be a great opportunity for many of your inspiring students, alumni, and community members to advance their ideas or ventures and broaden their positive impact on the world. Here are the contest details:

  • Online Submission Deadline:  June 18, 2015
  • Categories:  Transportation, Emergency Response, and the Internet of Things
  • Reach:  Global
  • Prize Money:  Total of $6 million

The contest is a great opportunity for students and entrepreneurs with new ideas and young companies in Transportation, Emergency Response, and the Internet of Things to win a million dollar prize to help them realize their project. There is no cost to apply and winners don't give up any equity!

Students or entrepreneurs can apply to win $1 million for their idea from now until June 18th

During the application period we want to get the word out to as many aspiring entrepreneurs as possible and the students and community members at Purdue may have some world changing ideas to contribute. 

Help us spread the Powerful Answers Award message through your audience – for example, via blogs, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, other social media and events. We will provide the logo, copy and any other assets you may need. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Kudos: 4/6 Karl Smith for receiving the 2015 ASEE Lifetime Achievement Award "in recognition of your distinguished accomplishments." Ruth Streveler for being named an ASEE Fellow Member "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Society."

Funding Opportunities: 4/6

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research Opportunities in Germany for NSF CAREER Awardees The German Research Foundation (DFG) identifies DFG-funded research groups who wish to host CAREER awardees for research visits of up to one year in connection with their DFG funding. This DCL invites current CAREER awardees to apply for supplemental funding to support travel for research visits to any identified, appropriate DFG-funded research group. Supplement requests should be submitted a minimum of 6 months prior to the proposed visit. Deadline for FY15 funds: April 30

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Indicators for Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education The purpose of this DCL is to encourage proposals to be submitted to the Promoting Research Innovations in Methodologies and Evaluation (PRIME) program (NSF 15-540) to conduct exploratory work in its early stages on untested but potentially transformative research ideas or approaches necessary to move forward to design and develop measures of one or more of the 14 indicators, as described in 2013 in the National Research Council report, Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 Education: A Nation Advancing?, for use in monitoring and improving the STEM education system.  Deadline: April 30

NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC)  This program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academia, and government. The centers are catalyzed by a small investment from the NSF and are primarily supported by industry center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the center. Each center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the center faculty. An I/UCRC contributes to the Nation's research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education.  As appropriate, an I/UCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

This program has very specific eligibility requirements:

Grantee institutions that have an active single-university I/UCRC award are not eligible to apply for another single university center; however, they may apply for a multi-university center.  Purdue has an active single university award and, therefore, is not eligible to apply for another.

Any institution may submit multiple multi-university center proposals provided that the proposed research topics involve different disciplines and support different industries.

Deadlines:  June 26 – LOI; September 25 – Full Proposal

HHS-FDA Educating Groups Influencing Generic Drug Use (U01) The project purpose is to identify the key groups influencing use of generic drugs, to determine the informational needs of these groups regarding generic drugs, and to test and revise draft messages designed to address those needs. An important component of this project is capturing the extent to which the findings vary by drug class.  Deadline: June 3

HHS-OMH National Workforce Diversity Pipeline (NWDP) Program  The emphasis of this program is to support projects that develop innovative strategies that identify promising students in their first year in high school and provide them with a foundation to pursue a successful career in the health professions. NWDP seeks to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by supporting networks of institutions focused on, and with demonstrated commitment and capacity to establish pipeline programs to increase minority and disadvantaged students’ awareness of and pursuit in the areas of health care and behavioral health and increase the availability of STEM education programs. Deadline: May 18

DOD-ARO BAA for Basic and Applied Scientific Research  Research proposals are sought for scientific research in mechanical sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics, electronics,  computing science, physics, chemistry, life sciences, materials science and network science. Proposals will be evaluated only if they are for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state of the art or increasing knowledge and understanding. White papers accepted through 3/31/17.

DOC-NIST National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Privacy Pilots Cooperative Agreement Program  NIST is soliciting applications to pilot privacy-enhancing technologies that embrace and advance the NSTIC vision and contribute to the maturity of the identity ecosystem the NSTIC envisions: promote secure, user-friendly ways to give individuals and organizations confidence in their online interactions. NIST will fund projects that are intended to demonstrate or deploy new solutions that either do not exist or are not widely adopted in the marketplace today.  Deadline: May 28

Spencer Foundation Lyle Spencer Research Awards: Advancing Understanding of Education Practice and Its Improvement With this program, the Foundation aims to reinforce its commitment to intellectually ambitious research, oriented ultimately to improving the practice of education, and independent of any particular reform agendas or methodological strictures. Letters of Intent due July 9; Invited essay due October 12; Invited proposals due January 13, 2016.

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:

Limited Submission:  NSF Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs)  This solicitation funds the establishment and coordination of a BD Hubs National Network, which will consist of four regional hubs. The overarching vision for this network of hubs is to create an agile and sustainable national Big Data innovation ecosystem that enables the United States to better leverage Big Data technologies and techniques in addressing societal challenges; increasing productivity and spurring economic development; enhancing scientific discovery; and providing for national defense and security. This solicitation will support the formation and coordination of a BD Hubs National Network and is not meant to be a primary source of funding for new research.

The Midwest region consists of:  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Each regional hub should focus on key challenges and opportunities in its region of service. Opportunities could include facilitating partnerships on overarching themes, providing shared resources to the community and/or coalescing around key topical themes.  Proposals must also foster efforts to educate and train the Big Data workforce in its region, such as data scientists, business managers, students, and end users. Example efforts could include, but are not limited to, new data science curricula, educational workshops open to the region, and hackathons or other competitions focusing on one or more Big Data challenge(s).

Hubs must also create and foster collaboration within the region via seminar series, regional working groups, and “visitor”/exchange programs and activities across organizations.  Hubs must establish a full-time, paid executive director position, along with associated staff positions, who will oversee day-to-day operations and implement decisions of the steering council.  For this opportunity, organizations may submit only one proposal.  

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.

DOE RFI: Risk and Uncertainty Management in Geothermal Exploration This RFI is intended to lay the groundwork for a planned 2015-2016 FOA that could increase the success rate for drilling targets in later-stage exploration activities with industry. Responses are due April 24.

DOE RFI: Research and Development Needs for Wind Systems Utilizing Controllable Grid Simulators and Full Scale Hardware in the Loop Testing The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, utilities, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the use of controllable grid simulators to perform full scale wind-grid system research, development, and testing. The information may be used to issue an FOA.  Responses are due April 27.


Reminder: NIH and AHRQ Biosketch Requirements for Due Dates On or After May 25

NIH RFI: NHLBI Strategic Visioning – Developing the Research Priority for the Next Decade The goal of the Strategic Visioning process is to identify compelling questions and critical challenges in heart and vascular, lung, blood, and sleep research that the NHLBI can address through activities, such as initiatives and workshops.  Responses accepted through May 15.

NASA Technology Portfolio System (TechPort) (See attached) On March 3, the NASA Technology Portfolio System, (TechPort) public-facing side ‘TechPort (Beta)’ was released to the public.  TechPort’s NASA’s comprehensive resource for locating information about NASA-funded technology development activities. NASA employees have been using the system for more than 2 years, and in that time have conducted more than 43,000 searches and generated more than 9,000 reports.  TechPort (Beta) will enable the public to explore NASA’s technology portfolio and learn about technology Programs and Projects, as NASA works to mature technologies for aeronautics, space exploration, and scientific discovery missions.  NASA is offering the public the opportunity to give this beta system a trial run and then provide feedback.

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