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ENE Memo: April 7, 2014

From the Head: 4/7

Reaching a Major Milestone: ENE turns 10!

At its meeting on April 9, 2004, the Board of Trustees of Purdue University resolved to approve the formation of the Department of Engineering Education. This was the first department of its type in the United States. The following extract is taken from the minutes of the Board for that meeting. 


Trustee Essex brought forth a request to consolidate the Department of Freshman Engineering and the Division of Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies to form a new department named the Department of Engineering Education. This will allow Purdue to make a better presentation in the K-12 arena, provide more opportunities for the students in these current disciplines, and will permit full accreditation in the Department of Engineering Education. Committee Chairman Essex stated that a lengthy discussion and presentation was given at the committee meeting yesterday.

As you will note, ENE was formed by the "consolidation" of the former Department of Freshman Engineering (established in 1953) and the former Division of Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies (established in 1969).

The creation of the department, now school, was planned over several years and the proposal to the Board was based on an extensive report titled "Toward the Future: Engineering Education at Purdue, a Vision of Preeminence."  A paper written for the 2004 ASEE annual conference outlines the transformative vision. While some of the authors of this vision are still members of the ENE and wider Purdue communities, others have moved on. Regrettably the founding head of ENE, Kamyar Haghighi, a major force in getting the school established and achieving so much in a short time, passed away in 2010. We owe much of our success to his vision, drive and tenacity. 

ENE formally became a School (rather than a department) in February 2008, following the approval of the Graduate Program (PhD, MS and MS ENE degrees) in 2005 and the successful operation of this program for three years.

As we mark our tenth anniversary this week with an Open House, at which we will share our achievements with colleagues across Purdue, please remember the pioneering efforts of all those who had the vision and who made ENE a reality. Some former members of ENE and its predecessor academic units will be visiting on Wednesday. So please take the time to talk with current or former members of this community.

As we celebrate a decade of extraordinary achievement, it behooves each of us to build on the foundation laid down in 2004 and re-commit to help ENE reach its full potential over the next 10 or 20 years. This is a very special community that has so much more to contribute to the transformation of engineering education, nationally and globally.  


Calendar: 4/7

  • April 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Board meeting.
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE Open House 
  • April 10: ENE Research Seminar, Gina Svarovsky, Science Museum of Minnesota, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 14: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 16: Faculty FYE Research Conversation, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 17: ENE Research Seminar, Senay Purzer's ELO Research Group, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 23: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 24: ENE Research Seminar, ENE 595 Class - "Analyzing Video Data for Research Without Being Overwhelmed," ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE 590 Presentations
  • May 2: Classes End
  • May 7: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • May 14-15: ENE Advance, ARMS BO98, Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory, 9:30am-3:30pm.
  • May 17-18 Commencement

Summer 2014

  • June 13: Global Perspectives on Engineering Education, ARMS BO98 
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS BO98 
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures
  • June 16 – ENGR 132 begins its 8-week summer session
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS BO98
  • August 8 – ENGR 132 ends its 8-week summer session

News and Information: 4/7

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Thank you to all ENE graduate students for your hard work and dedication. We cannot accomplish what we do without you! Purdue Graduate Student Government is planning several events April 7-13 to celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week. More information about the PGSG events is available HERE.

Library Liaison

Amy Van Epps has returned to Purdue after her six month sabbatical. She will resume handling liaison duties for ENE. You may continue to address questions to Megan Sapp Nelson in the short-term, as Amy transitions back to her regular role.

Memorial Service and Donations

The memorial service for Shiva Haghighi will be held at the Thomas Duncan Hall (619 Ferry St., Lafayette, IN 47901) on Sunday, April 13, at 1 pm. If you would like to sign a condolence card for the family, or make a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in Shiva's memory, please stop by Alice Pawley's office by Friday, April 11.

Kudos: 4/7 Brent Jesiek on gaining tenure and being promoted to associate professor. Tamara Moore on serving as the Distinguished Overseas Professor for the Collaborative Innovation Center for National Education Policy-making at East China Normal University. Tamara has been working with the university over the past year.

Funding Opportunities: 4/7

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental Funding The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering invites its grantees who do not already have REU supplemental funding to submit requests for such.  Grantees are encouraged to submit these requests by April 30.

NIH Avenir Award Program for Genetics or Epigenetics of Substance Abuse (DP2)  The Genetic Avenir Award program supports early stage investigators proposing highly innovative studies that open new areas of research for the genetics or epigenetics of addiction. The award will support those in an early stage of their career who may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant, but who propose high impact research and who show promise of being tomorrow's leaders in the field of genetics or epigenetics of substance abuse.  Deadline: August 18

NIH Biology of Manual Therapies  This FOA encourages applications from institutions that propose to investigate the basic science and mechanisms of action underlying the neurophysiological (especially the central nervous system responses), immunological, endocrinological and/or biomechanical consequences of manual therapies, such as spinal manipulation, mobilization and massage therapy.

  • R21  Deadline: June 16
  • R01  Deadline: June 5

NIH High Impact Neuroscience Research Resource Grants (R24)  This FOA supports high impact efforts to make resources available to neuroscience researchers.  Projects should engage in one or more of the following activities: propagation of cutting edge reagents or techniques, dissemination of resources to new user groups, or innovative approaches to increase the scale/efficiency of resource production and delivery.  Projects should address compelling needs of broad communities of neuroscience researchers or should offer unique services that otherwise would be unavailable.  Deadline: June 23

HHS-FDA Dissolution Methods for Suspension and Emulsion Ocular Drug Products (U01)  The purpose of this study is to investigate dissolution methods for an ocular suspension or emulsion and to analyze their capability of detecting manufacturing differences, predicting in vivo performance, and evaluate method robustness.  The results from this study will help the FDA in developing recommendations to determine bioequivalence of generic ocular suspension and emulsion drug products.  Deadline: May 7

DOT-FHWA Program Support The Federal Highway Administration Office of Bridges and Structures develops regulations, policies, and guidelines to assure the successful delivery of the national bridge and tunnel program.  The staff supports research of state-of-the-art technologies and provides leadership in the deployment of emerging technologies to improve the condition and durability of the Nation’s bridges, tunnels, and other highway structures. 

Structures and Structural Engineering Team This ID/IQ supports the Structural Engineering Team and the Inspection, Preservation, and Management Team.  Deadline: April 25

Geotechnical Engineering Team  This ID/IQ supports the Geotechnical Engineering Team. Deadline: April 21

DOT Pipeline Safety Research Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP) The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration requests applications from non-profit institutions of higher education to obtain funding for researching innovative solutions to pipeline corrosion and other known pipeline integrity challenges.  Deadline: May 9

DOE Research, Development and Training in Isotope Production The Office of Nuclear Physics welcomes applications for R&D on new or improved methods to produce radioactive and enriched stable isotopes needed for a wide variety of research and applications. Applications proposing novel and effective ways to train and develop personnel with knowledge and skills related to the production, processing, purification, and distribution of enriched stable and radioactive isotopes are encouraged also.  Deadline: May 23

PhRMA Foundation Assessing the Benefits of Treating Cancer Research Starter Grant The grant will be awarded to candidates who establish a sound and innovative research project focused on developing a novel way of quantifying or describing the social, patient-centered, and economic benefits of innovation in cancer treatment.   Relevant research goals may include developing new methods to define and measure the societal benefits from cancer care innovation.  Deadline: May 16

L’Oréal For Women In Science Fellowship Program The fellowship program specifically recognizes women post-doctoral scientists for their contributions in STEM fields and for their commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.  Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.  Deadline: May 19

The Gerber Foundation Pediatric Research Grants  The primary focus of grant making is on health and nutritional issues affecting infants and young children. Research projects aimed at finding solutions to children's health and nutritional problems are sought. Of particular interest are applied research projects focused on reducing the incidence of serious neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or improving cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of development. Funding is available in the following topics: Pediatric Health; Pediatric Nutrition; and Environmental Hazards.  Concept paper deadline: June 1; Invited full application due: August 15 

American Heart Association  The following programs are being offered for the Summer 2014 deadlines: Innovative Research Grants, Pre-doctoral & Post-doctoral Fellowships, Scientist Development Grants, Established Investigator Awards, along with a few other targeted programs.  Deadlines vary by program.

Limited Submissions:

Letters of intent, preproposals, and rankings to the OVPR should be e-mailed to Purdue's open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and template for letters of intent may be found at For any case in which the number of internal letters of intent received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the OVPR will notify the PI that an internal preproposal will be unnecessary.

Limited Submission: National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program  This program replaces the former IGERT funding mechanism.  The NRT program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program initially has one priority research theme—Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); in addition, proposals are encouraged on any other crosscutting, interdisciplinary theme. In either case, proposals should identify the alignment of project research themes with national research priorities and the need for innovative approaches to train graduate students in those areas.  NRT projects should develop evidence-based, sustainable approaches and practices that substantially improve STEM graduate education for NRT trainees and for STEM graduate students broadly at an institution. NRT emphasizes the development of competencies for both research and research-related careers. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, museums, and academic partners that enhance research quality and impacts and that facilitate development of technical and transferrable professional skills are encouraged. Creation of sustainable programmatic capacity at institutions is an expected outcome. Proposals accordingly are expected to describe how institutions will support the continuation and institutional-level scaling of effective training elements after award closure. NRT Awards are expected to be up to five years in duration with a budget of up to $3,000,000.  For this competition, Purdue may submit two proposals.  If two proposals are submitted, at least one must be in Data-Enabled Science and Engineering.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, April 7: Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, April 28: Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, May 5: Preproposal rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor deadlines:  May 20 – LOI (optional); June 24 – Full proposal.

Limited Submission: USDA National Clean Plant Network (NCPN)  Priorities for this program include:

  1. Establishing and supporting clean plant network governance and related administrative and support systems;
  2. Providing for operations needed for the rapid and safe introduction, diagnosis, treatment, foundation block establishment and release of clean plant materials for planting from foreign and domestic sources for commercial development;
  3. Conducting methods development to accurately test, develop therapies, and support the establishment of guidelines and standards for different crop species for certification maintenance;
  4. Developing partnerships with land-grant and other university-based extension and outreach services to interact with commercial nurseries, industry associations, and producers; and
  5. Developing and implementing audit and quality controls.

Purdue may submit only one application as either lead organization or as a subcontractor on another application. If an Applicant is a member of or covered by more than one NCPN specialty crop governing body and applying for support for activities on specialty crops covered by more than one network, a single application should be submitted to cover the expense of all clean plant activity.

Internal deadline:  Contact by April 7.

Sponsor deadline: May 23

Limited Submission: NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (R25)  This initiative will provide institutional awards to develop neuroscience research education programs consisting of collaborative partnerships integrated across different educational institution types.  Each collaborative research education partnership must have the following components:

  1. A research-intensive institution that has an established neuroscience or neuroscience-related program,
  2. Partnership between institution(s) that have a substantial enrollment of undergraduates from populations nationally underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences,
  3. Integrated curriculum/academic enhancement and research training activities designed to increase participants' preparation to enter doctoral programs in the neurosciences, and
  4. Well-described plans to provide early communication and interaction between participating students and graduate neuroscience programs across the country.

For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application. 

Internal deadline: Contact by April 7.

Sponsor deadline: May 28

Limited Submission: NIH Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25) This FOA encourages applications that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses in undergraduate Biomedical Engineering departments or programs. This FOA targets undergraduate students at the senior level but may also include junior undergraduates and first-year graduate students. Courses that address innovative and/or ground-breaking development, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary training and clinical immersion are especially encouraged.  For this competition, Purdue is allowed only one application.

Internal Deadline:  Contact by April 7.

Sponsor Deadline: May 13

Limited Submission: EPA Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse  US EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities is seeking proposals for the further development and ongoing maintenance of a web-based national information clearinghouse for smart growth. This clearinghouse will be designed to support communities by providing timely information that supports local decision-making that delivers better environmental and public health outcomes from growth and development.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application. 

Internal Deadline:  Contact by April 7.

Sponsor Deadline: May 12

Limited Submission:  Allen Family Foundation Allen Distinguished Investigators Program – Artificial Intelligence (AI) Focus  The Allen Distinguished Investigator Program seeks to fund a select group of investigators to pursue new, pioneering research in academic settings that, collectively, ‘move the needle’ towards answering broad scientific questions. The most promising proposals will incorporate novel, creative, and ambitious approaches. For this reason, the program is especially interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional governmental sources. This 2014 RFP focuses on three fundamental Artificial Intelligence topics:

  1. Machine Reading
  2. Diagram Interpretation, and
  3. Spatial and Temporal Reasoning.

The Foundation has a particular interest in both supporting the careers of exceptional young scientists showing particular promise as thought leaders in their fields and supporting more established researchers with ambitious, high-risk ideas that could have a revolutionary impact.  The foundation supports projects for a three year period in the $1M – $2M range. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit up to three proposals. 

Internal deadline: Contact by April 7.

Sponsor deadline: May 30

Funding Resources:

The OVPR website includes a link entitled Funding Resources. This link includes sections containing Internal and External Funding Resources.  Additionally, there is a link for Search Tools and Alerts. Those who would like assistance in setting up their Pivot E-mail funding alerts may want to take advantage of our tutorial, which may be found on the Search Tools and Alerts link.

The newest issues of Research Development and Grantwriting News are available at:

Another resource for corporate and foundation funding opportunities is the University Development Office. UDO lists funding opportunities here.


 FAA Notice of Intent to Establish an Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) A draft solicitation will be available on or before April 18th, which will allow for a period of public comment and discussion of COE and UAS technical requirements at a public meeting that will be conducted in the Washington, DC area in May.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Research and Development University Consortium DOE  plans to issue the FOA in the first half of calendar year 2014.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in Basic Biology of Aging (P30) The FOA is expected to be published in July 2014 with an expected application due date in November 2014.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (U54)  The FOA is expected to be published in Summer 2014 with an expected application due date in Fall 2014.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Cancer Nanotechnology Research Platforms (U01)  The FOA is expected to be published in Spring 2014 with an expected application due date in Fall 2014.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for the Physical Sciences-Oncology Network: Physical Sciences-Oncology Projects (PS-OP)(U01)  The FOA is expected to be published in Fall 2014 with an expected application due date in February 2015.

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

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