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ENE Memo: August 10, 2015

From the Head: 8/10

Vale Paul Birkhimer

Last week we lost a dear colleague and highly valued community member, Paul Birkhimer. Paul succumbed to cancer after a valiant fight over the past two months.

Paul was a gentle man in every sense of the word. Ever upbeat and easy going, he loved advising our first-year students. A true team player, Paul was always willing to lend a helping hand where it was needed. As schedule deputy he assisted ENE at large in helping us find places to hold all our classes, graduate and undergraduate. His broad smile and cheery personality were infectious. We were all blessed to have known and worked with Paul.    

We cannot imagine the impact of his unexpected illness and sudden passing on his wife Suzy and his sons Nick and Jack. To quote Paul, "Cancer Sucks".

Paul and his family were extraordinarily courageous in how they faced his cancer diagnosis. They were very open about it all from the outset. Paul helped all of us by creating the Coolbeans support network. We know that our weekly photos of the team taken around campus in our purple Coolbeans t-shirts were a source of strength for him and his family as they faced a very uncertain time. Thank you to all who participated over the past few weeks.

Paul's untimely passing is a reminder to us that life is precious. Life is fragile and unpredictable. As we approach this new academic year and remember the many ways that Paul enriched our working lives, we would do well to reflect on the things that really matter.  

In memory of Paul; Go Steelers!


Calendar: 8/10


  • Aug 15: ENE End-of-Summer Potluck, Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1, 5-9pm


  • Aug 19: ENE Faculty Advance (incl. visit by Provost) , WANG 3501, 9:00am-3:30pm
  • Aug 24: Classes commence
  • Aug 27: ENE Research Seminar ARMS BO71 3:30pm (Weekly) 
  • Aug 28: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30, TBD
  • Sept 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 2: Assistant Professor meet with Head, 10:30-11:30am, WANG 3501  
  • Sept 7: Labor Day
  • Sept 9: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 16: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 19: Family Day
  • Sept 30: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 30: Associate Professors meet with Head, 10:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Oct 4/5: Big Ten + Grad Expo
  • Oct 12/13: Fall Break
  • Oct 16: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, TBD 
  • Oct 28: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Oct 28/29: ENE Grad Program Open House
  • Nov 4: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov 7: Homecoming
  • Nov 13: ENE Industrial Advisory Council, 8:00am-3pm, WANG 3501
  • Nov 18: Faculty-PhD Student Matching, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov 26/27: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501

News and Information: 8/10

2nd Annual ENE End-of-Summer Potluck

Everyone associated with ENE is invited, including families (although the park asks you please leave dogs at home). This includes advisors, all staff, undergrads who work for ENE, grad students old and new, research staff and postdocs, courtesy and regular faculty, and anyone else who feels affiliated! (It seemed to be a mostly grad student and faculty affair last time, and I would like us to be more open and welcoming this time. If you didn’t come last year, we hope you consider coming this year!) Photos from last year are posted here:

This year, we will be gathering in Shelter #1 (next to the playground) on August 15, 2015 in Happy Hollow Park, rain or shine, starting at 5 pm, and going until dusk or everyone has left, whichever comes first. It will be potluck, so please bring a dish to share.

Last time, it helped for people to sign up if they were coming to help everyone figure out how much food to bring. Can you please sign up to tell us what you plan to bring? Here's the link:

We also need help with grilling, if that is your forte – if you grill, that can be your potluck contribution! Sign up on the spreadsheet.

Here's how to find Happy Hollow Park:

Please note that there is no alcohol allowed in the park – sorry to those folks who will be disappointed by this.

Reminder – Preeminent Team Competition Proposals due Aug 28

The final College of Engineering Preeminent Teams competition will take place this fall.

In each of the past two years, four teams have been selected for investments of faculty lines, resources, and space (2013winners; 2014 winners). As we enter the final years of the five-year plan to expand Engineering, it is expected that fewer teams will be selected in the 2015 competition than in previous years.

The deadline for registering your team to pitch is Friday, August 28, 2015. This year’s Round 1 pitches will take place on Thursday, September 10, 2015; Round 2 will take place on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Pitches will be open to the Purdue Engineering public, so plan to come, pitch, participate, and learn.

Details about registering your team, criteria, guidelines, and FAQs for pitches are on the Preeminent Teams intranet site.

We can include a discussion of prospective Preeminent Team proposals at the ENE Faculty Advance on August 19.

Kudos: 8/10

to Lynn Hegewald of the Instructional Support Team on completion of her M.S. in Education on Learning Design and Technology. Congratulations Lynn!

Funding Opportunities: 8/10

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) The AISL program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; and advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments. The AISL program supports seven types of projects: (1) Collaborative Planning, (2) Exploratory Pathways, (3) Research in Service to Practice, (4) Innovations in Development, (5) Broad Implementation, (6) Conferences, and (7) Informal STEM Learning Resource Center (FY16 only). Deadline: November 4

NSF Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) The RFE program welcomes proposals that consider the construction of engineering knowledge, engineering identity, and the engineering profession, as well as interventions that expand the boundaries of each of these.  Deadline: October 29

HHS-AHRQ Announces Interest in Innovative Methods Research to Increase the Utility of Systematic Reviews (R03) This Special Emphasis Notice informs the research community that AHRQ intends to support research designed to develop innovative systematic review methods that address the opportunities and challenges of the current era of data abundance, and make systematic reviews both more efficient and salient.  Deadline: October 16

HHS-FDA National Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program: Regional Center Grants to Enhance Food Safety (R01) The intention of this program is to begin building an infrastructure that will support a national food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance system and provide significant opportunities for funding through subcontracts and for partnerships with eligible stakeholder groups, including community-based and non-governmental organizations. Specifically, this program will address the needs of owners and operators of small and medium-sized produce farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Deadline: October 9

DOD-DARPA Information Innovation Office (I20) Office-wide BAA  This BAA seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not being addressed by ongoing I2O programs or other published solicitations. I2O develops high‐payoff information science and technology to provide a decisive information advantage for the U.S. and its allies. Abstracts accepted through 6/10/16; Proposals accepted through 8/2/16.

DOC-EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Program  Funding is available for capacity-building activities that include Proof of Concept Centers and Commercialization Centers as well as scaling of existing commercialization programs and centers; and supporting opportunities to close the funding gap for early-stage companies. Under the Regional Innovation Strategies Program, EDA is soliciting  applications for two separate competitions: 1) 2015 i6 Challenge Grants; and 2) Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grants. This program requires a one-to-one cost-share match. Deadline: October 5

NEA Research: Art Works  NEA's Office of Research & Analysis will make awards to support research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components within the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. Deadline: October 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.


EVPRP Workshop: Finding Funding, Limited Submissions, and Proposal Submission This is the first of a series of workshops which provide an excellent opportunity for new faculty to learn more about Purdue's policies and processes related to the development, submission, and management of research proposals.  The workshop will take place on August 27 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in Stewart Center, room 202. Presenters include:  Sue Grimes, Research Development Services; Mike Pedley, Corporate & Foundation Relations (Development); and Amanda Hamaker, Sponsored Program Services. Topics to be covered in this session include: resources for finding and tracking funding opportunities, the limited submission process, proposal support provided by Pre-Award Services, budget preparation and review, and understanding our facilities and administration (F&A) rate.  Lunch is provided so registration is required at the link above by Monday, August 24.  For more information, contact Sue Grimes at

Please visit for a complete list of upcoming workshops.

Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions.

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