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ENE Memo: April 9, 2012

From the Head: 4/9

Happy Birthday, ENE!

On April 9, 2004, the Purdue Board of Trustees voted to create the new Department, now School, of Engineering Education. The Purdue News Service headline was Purdue counters trend, engineers education from the ground up.

Birthday cake

We have come a long way in eight short years, and achieved most of the things envisaged at that time plus other achievements that we had not anticipated but that nevertheless align with the founding vision. It is interesting to note that none of people mentioned in the original press release announcing the formation of ENE are still in the roles they held then; we have a different university President, a different Provost, a different Dean and a different Head. People move on but the big idea endures.

ENE Chamber Singers In 2009 we celebrated our 5th birthday with a cake and homegrown entertainment courtesy of the very talented ENE Singers. There were speeches and spontaneous reflections. Contributors included a former head of Freshman Engineering and first head of Interdisciplinary Engineering, Dick Grace, and the current dean. We presented the founding head, Kamyar Haghighi, with a special glass sculpture to mark the occasion. Under the heading ENE turns 5, we listed on our web site some of the achievements to that time.

Dr. Dick Grace Two years from today we will celebrate our first decade as ENE. As a happy coincidence, the annual ASEE conference and exhibition will be in Indianapolis that year, so we will be able to share the celebration of our first 10 years with friends and colleagues from the broader engineering education community. It is time to start planning for our decadal party.

It is important to celebrate significant milestones and anniversaries for the pause it brings, allowing us time to step back and reflect on what has been achieved. It is also a moment to recommit to the vision – or more appropriately for a school like ours – to reconnect with the optimism and sense of possibility, even idealism, that the pioneers Dr. Kamyar Haghighi with wife Atossaof ENE shared. During this intervening period of rapid growth with its tensions, stresses and strains, and resource constraints, it is easy to lose sight of why this all got started, why we took risks to be a part of this unique place, and what we wanted this place to be.

To learn more about the rich heritage we share as ENE, check out some stories of our antecedents at History of Us.

 - David

News and Information: 4/9

From the ENE Grad Student Association

The ENE Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, April 11, from 12-1 PM in ARMS 3326. The meeting will include an overview from the last Town Hall, elections for 2012-2013 officers will be held, and  we will brainstorm about how to change to change the first-year research office to serve multiple purposes. The ENEGSA will release the list of nominees and ask if anyone would like to present (not required).  Nominees will generate a statement of why the leadership position would be a good fit with their skill set and how they plan to contribute to the ENEGSA. An anonymous link through Qualtrics will be sent out on Friday, April 13, to vote on the ENE Leadership Positions as well as to vote on the ENEGSA Constitution. Voting will be up until Friday, April 20, with announcement of positions the following Monday.

For those who ordered one, T-shirts will cost $10 and should arrive April 18. If you have not done so yet, please try to pay in advance to Velvet. You can pay after the shirts arrive as well, but we appreciate the payments in advance.  Also, Justin Hess won the COE Graduate Engineering T-shirt Design Contest for the ENEGSA with the design that came in second place in our T-shirt contest! The ENE will be receiving 25 free shirts.

The Cold Stone fundraiser on Tuesday, April 3, was very successful. Thank you to everyone who helped out and to everyone who donated! A second Cold Stone Fundraisers will take place on Tuesday, April 17, from 10:00am-4:30pm. (Note that the location is TBA!) E-mail Nichole Ramirez if you are interested in lending a hand.

Please send baby pics to by Monday, April 16. (This is a surprise project Velvet is taking on that is supposed to be fun.  From Velvet: “You will wish you were a part of the project.”)


>>> Change in schedule <<<

The ENEGSA will continue the Town Hall Meeting held on Wednesday, April 11, at the Research Seminar on Thursday, April 12. Velvet Fitzpatrick will also provide an overview of the ENEGSA functionalities and accomplishments, and offer an opportunity for the ENE student body to share helpful leadership tips for the 2012-2013 ENEGSA.

You are cordially invited to attend the
by the 2011 Recipients    >>> including ENE's own Robin Adams

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
10-11 a.m.
Swaim Instruction Center, 4th floor HSSE Library, Stewart Center

  • Ahmed Idrissi Alami, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures: “Tradition and modernity in the Arab world”
  • Robin Adams, Associate Professor of Engineering Education: “Apollo Lunar Module: How a complex and novel design project evolved over time and across perspectives”

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
1:30-3 p.m.
Swaim Instruction Center, 4th floor HSSE Library, Stewart Center

  • Kendall Leon, Assistant Professor of English: “Chicana rhetoric, community and professional writing studies”
  • Rebecca Bryant, Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Art: “Improvisational dance performances and the performers’ use of space and time”
  • Jeffrey Turco, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures: “Medieval German and Scandinavian literature/ modern reception of medieval culture”

About the program:
The Library Scholars Grant Program was established in 1985 by the 50th anniversary gift of members of the Class of 1935, and the class has been continuously supportive of this fund for the past 27 years. This program supports access to unique collections of information around the country and the world for untenured and recently tenured Purdue faculty in all disciplines, from the West Lafayette, Calumet, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, and North Central campuses. The grants cover the expenses associated with the cost of transportation, lodging, meals, and fees charged by the library or other collection owner.

Questions: or (765) 494-2849 

Calendar: 4/9

Spring 2012

  • Wed, April 11: ENEGSA Town Hall Meeting: 12-1pm.
  • Thurs, April 12: ENE seminar: ENEGSA Town Hall Meeting (continued), led by Velvet Fitzpatrick; topic: leadership
  • Mon, April 16: ENEGSA deadline for submitting baby pix.
  • Tues, April 17: ENEGSA fundraiser (location TBA): 10am-4:30pm
  • Tues, April 17: Library Scholars Grant Presentations: 10-11am
  • Mon/Tues, April 23-24: ENE Industrial Advisory Council (including Graduate Poster display)
  • Thurs/Sat, April 26-28: 2nd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research

Holidays Around the World

  • April 13: Thai New Year
  • April 14: Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Kudos: 4/9 Michele Strutz on successfully defending her dissertation last week. She will be hooded at May commencement as Dr. Strutz. Lynly Horine on being named a recipient of the Eleanor O. Kaplan Award for Exceptional Customer Service. doctoral students Hadi Ali and Celia Pan on their acceptance into Purdue's "Applied Management Principles" program, offered through the Krannert School of Management. Beth Holloway, Lorie Groll, and Teri Reed-Rhoads on the citation of their work in the SWE 2011 Literature Review (see page 61).

To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact David Radcliffe or Lisa Tally by midday Friday for the following week's issue.