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ENE Memo: August 11, 2014

From the Head: 8/11

Enduring Values of ENE

How well we manage the polarities around being more explicitly entrepreneurial (ENE Memo July 28) and thereby capture the big opportunities this presents and how well we navigate the challenges of expansion yet realize the opportunities it offers (ENE Memo Aug 4) all pivots around our enduring values as a community.

The ENE Strategic Plan states our values. These values were arrived at after considerable discussion and debate during 2007-08. They are espoused values; they are aspirational. In other words, it is who we declare ourselves to be, not necessarily how we actually operate, how others experience us or we, ourselves. In operational terms it is more helpful to express these values as a series of behaviors. Behavior is something we can see, measure and indeed develop. Behaviors are much more tangible than talking in high minded terms like values and much less abstract than trying to discern our culture.

These are our espoused values expressed as a set of behaviors.

  • putting students first,
  • being collegial, cooperative and mutually supportive,
  • acting with integrity and respect and building trust,
  • balancing work with other commitments,
  • being socially conscious in what we do and how we do it,
  • thinking strategically and striving for excellence,
  • being accountable.

Declaring these as being desirable is one thing; developing them and indeed being them is quite another.

As a community we have also engaged in conversations about the type of place we want ENE to be. For example, at our Strategic Advance in 2010 we took the tenets of the Great Place to Work Institute and explored how these might help guide us. They define a great workplace as one where the employees

  • trust the people you work for,
  • have pride in what you do, and,
  • enjoy the people you work with.

Ultimately it all comes down to building and maintaining high levels of trust. This takes sustained and shared commitment and plain hard work. It is a daily discipline not just something we contemplate once a year at an Advance.

This is an evolving and emergent community. We have not only grown considerably, but have also experienced quite a number of changes in key personnel over recent years – faculty and staff. The composition of the graduate student body is changing significantly with a large number of graduations over the past year and a new cohort commencing their studies next week. This turnover of people means that we have to be very mindful that many of us were not part of the conversations and processes that formed ENE as it is now, nor part of its recent history. It opens up opportunities to foster a dynamic work environment that is welcoming and engaging of new members and what they might bring to enhance this community.

In embracing new people and perspectives, how do we continually learn and thereby grow and refine a common set of values - behaviors and ways of being – that uniquely characterize this interdisciplinary community? Are there enduring values that can guide us during this period of expansion and transition and which transcend any particular time, place and group of individuals?


Calendar: 8/11

Summer 2014

Fall 2014

  • August 18: Faculty return
  • August 20: ENE Strategic Advance
  • August 25: Classes begin
  • August 28: American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Student Chapter Callout (ME 1015), 6pm
  • Sept. 6: Family Day (Purdue Mall near MSEE)
  • Sept. 27: Homecoming (Armstrong Atrium), 9-11am
  • Oct. 22-25: FIE Madrid
  • Oct. 29-30: ENE Graduate Program Open House, Armstrong Hall
  • Nov. 6-7: ENE Industrial Advisory Council
  • Nov. 13: ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium
  • Nov. 26-28: Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 21: Commencement
  • Late Fall: ENE Research Facility Opens, Wang Hall

News and Information: 8/11


Two pieces of information about INSPIRE. First, the Institute's offices will open today on the fourth floor of Wang Hall. Second, INSPIRE participated in Purdue Day at the State Fair (Fri). Special thanks to students Tamecia Jones, Avneet Hira, DeLean Tolbert and Brittany Mihalec-Adkins for designing wind turbines with kids and families at the booth!


August 2014 Commencement

Congratulations to Anne Luccietto, James Huff, Meagan Pollock, Noah Salzman, Velvet Fitzpatrick and Benjamin Ahn! Four of the six were able to attend this weekend's commencement ceremony. ENE now boasts 42 doctoral degree recipients since the program began ten years ago.



Kudos: 8/11 Hanjun Xian and Krishna Madhavan for publication of their paper titled Anatomy of Scholarly Collaboration in Engineering Education: A Big-Data Bibliometric Analysis in JEE, 103(3), pp486-514.

Funding Opportunities: 8/11

Selected Funding Opportunities:

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.

NSF CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) The CRI program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating CISE divisions by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure that will support focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. The program supports two classes of awards: Institutional Infrastructure (II) and Community Infrastructure (CI). Deadline: November 6.

NSF Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) DMREF will support activities that accelerate materials discovery and development by building the fundamental knowledge base needed to design and make materials with specific and desired functions or properties from first principles. The multidisciplinary character of this effort dictates the involvement of programs in the NSF Directorates of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Three or four year awards totaling $500,000 – 1,500,000 for the award period are anticipated. To cover the breadth of this endeavor, it is expected that proposed projects will be directed by a team of at least two Senior Personnel with complementary expertise. Submission window is from January 5 – January 29, 2015.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: US-China Collaborative Research in Environmental Sustainability This call is for research proposals from joint U.S. – China teams in two environmental sustainability topic areas: Combustion Related to Sustainable Energy and Sustainable Manufacturing. Proposals must include the participation of researchers from at least one U.S. institution and at least one China institution. A critical evaluation factor for such a proposal will be the extent to which the proposal articulates a compelling rationale for why the proposed research project is significantly better than a comparable research project that could be pursued by a U.S. team working without such a collaboration. Submission window is from October 1-November 5.

DOD-ONR Computational Methods for Decision Making The purpose of this program is to identify, understand, and resolve key issues, develop and mature algorithms and methods; determine and demonstrate performance of algorithms, methods, techniques, and strategies for automated computational methods and information systems that support decision making. The algorithms, methods, techniques, and strategies must support autonomous information processing systems that can successfully and securely execute a variety of missions in complex environments while exploiting multiple sources of sensor and open domain data. ONR seeks proposals that address specific interests in the following thrust areas: research optimization, automated image understanding, information integration, and cyber security. Deadlines: August 27 – Whitepaper; October 9 – Full proposals.

DOE Environmental System Science The goal of this FOA is to improve the representation of terrestrial ecosystems and subsurface processes appropriate for advancing Earth system model capabilities, thereby improving the quality of climate model projections and providing the scientific foundation needed to inform DOE's energy decisions. The FOA will consider applications that focus on measurements, experiments, modeling or synthesis to provide improved quantitative and predictive understanding of terrestrial ecosystems that, in turn, influence atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and thereby affect the greenhouse gas forcing of climate. Deadlines: September 3 – Pre-application (required); December 2 – Application.

DOC-NOAA Round 1 of Research to Operations Initiative The NWS R2O Initiative is soliciting proposals from all public and private sources for projects involving applied science, modeling and/or data assimilation that supports development of the Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS), effective assimilation for environmental observations at global and regional scales, and hurricane and other high-impact weather forecast models that meet societal requirements to effectively mitigate economic disruption. Deadline: September 30.

NEA Research: Art Works 2015 The 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. An organization may submit more than one application under these Research: Art Works guidelines. An application in response to this announcement does not preclude an organization from applying under other Arts Endowment funding opportunities including the regular Art Works program. Deadline: October 21.

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships This program supports digitally-based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The aim of the program is to provide scholars with the means to pursue intellectually significant projects that deploy digital technologies intensively and innovatively. Fellowships are intended to support an academic year dedicated to work on a major scholarly project that takes a digital form. Deadline: September 24.

Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellowships Each year, the Center hosts around 160 scholars who conduct independent research on national and/or international issues addressing key public policy challenges. Through its scholars, the Center enriches crucial policy debates and provides a platform for scholars in the tradition of President Wilson to bring the worlds of policy and ideas together. Through an international competition, the Center offers 9-month residential fellowships. Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of expertise, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff. Deadline: October 1.

Google/IEEE Little Box Challenge The little box challenge is an open competition to build a kW-scale power inverter with power density of at least 50 Watts per cubic inch. Competitors build a box that has 5 wires coming out of it: two DC inputs, two AC outputs and grounding connection and the judges only monitor what goes into and comes out of those wires, along with the temperature of the outside of your box, over the course of 100 hours of testing. The winning team will receive a $1M prize. Deadlines: September 30 – register team; July 22, 2015 – submit technical approach and testing application; October 21, 2015 – Finalists selected. Interested teams should contact Margarita Contreni at:

Google/IEEE Little Box Challenge – Academic Program In parallel with the Little Box Challenge, Google/IEEE is soliciting proposals for groundbreaking research in the area of increasing the power density for DC-to-AC power conversion. This funding opportunity is available only to academics who are full time faculty at degree granting Universities. Awards range from $20k-$40k for 8-10 months of work. It is envisioned that award recipients could use their grant funding to assist in building a device that could win the competition. Applying for or receiving an award will not affect an entrant's chances of winning the grand prize. Deadlines: September 30-Application; Nov-Dec- winners announced. Interested teams should contact Margarita Contreni at:

Limited Submissions:

Limited Submission: NIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortium (AMTech) Program – Planning Awards AMTech is a competitive grants program intended to establish new or strengthen existing industry-driven consortia that address high-priority research challenges impeding the growth of advanced manufacturing in the United States. The AMTech program funds broad participation across the value-chain including companies of all sizes, universities and government agencies. An eligible organization may work individually or include proposed subrecipients, contractors and/or unfunded collaborators in a project application, effectively forming a team or consortium. Webinars will be available on August 7 and August 14. Only one pre-application is allowed per institution.

EVPRP deadlines:

  • Monday, August 11 – Preproposals due to EVPRP
  • Monday, August 18 – Reviewer rankings due to EVPRP

Agency deadlines: September 5 – Pre-application; October 31 – Full applications (by invite)

Funding Resources:

The EVPRP 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.


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NIST Cloud Forensic Science Challenges The public review period for the draft solicitation has been extended. NIST Computer Security Division extended the public review period of the recently posted Draft NIST IR 8006, NIST Cloud Forensic Science Challenges, and will accept comments on the document until August 25.

NSF FAQs for Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Drug Abuse Prevention Intervention Research (RO1)

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