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ENE Memo: August 17, 2015

From the Head: 8/17

A Big Year Ahead

The 2015/16 academic year promises to be another BIG one.

Over recent weeks I have set forth a series of priorities for this year under each of our four strategic goals:

  1. Empower Our People
  2. Set the Pace (in Innovative Programs)
  3. Tackle the BIG Research Questions in Engineering Education
  4. Grow the Community, nationally and globally

These goals and the annual priorities are all framed by our ENE Strategic Compass (formally Strategic Plan).

As we embark on a new year, please join me in welcoming five new members of faculty and staff to the ENE community.

Dr. Audeen Fentiman is joining us as the Crowley Family Professor of Engineering Education. She comes to ENE from Nuclear Engineering at Purdue. Over recent years she has worked in the Office of the President as Purdue System Coordinator and Assistant Director for Strategic Planning and Regional Campuses. Before coming to Purdue, she was the Chair of the Nuclear Engineering Program at the Ohio State University and Associate Dean for Outreach and Special Programs. She played a key role in developing the FYE program at Ohio State. Audeen also has extensive industry experience. She has been a Courtesy Faculty of ENE for some time. Audeen will continue in her part-time role as Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Engineering.

Dr. Muhsin Menekse is a new assistant professor with a joint appointment between ENE (75%) and Curriculum & Instruction (25%) in the College of Education. He comes to us from the University of Pittsburg where he has working as a Research Scientist in the Learning Research and Development Center. He earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in STEM education from Arizona State University.

Carol Powell has joined our team of first-year engineering academic advisors. From 2005 to 2008, she was an Academic Advisor in the College of Health Sciences and from 2001-2005, she held the position of Academic Counselor in the College of Education at Purdue University. Carol earned her Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees, both in education from Purdue University.

Teresa Morris is our new Director of Communication. Most recently, she has been working as a communication specialist at the Joint Transportation Research Program in Civil Engineering. Prior to JTRP, she had similar roles for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) and the I-STEM Resource Network. Teresa is working on her M.S. in Communications. She is also an accomplished photographer.

Lucero Campos is our new Business Manager. Most recently, she worked as a project manager at Caterpillar in West Lafayette. At CAT, Lucero was also involved in outreach and recruitment activities at Purdue. Lucero earned her B.A. in Communication from Purdue and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

We also welcome our new cohort of graduate students as they join our ENE community, as well as the record number of first-year engineers and the new multidisciplinary engineers and interdisciplinary engineering studies students.

There are a large number of orientation events and other activities this week in preparation for the beginning of classes next week.

This Wednesday, August 19, is our annual ENE Faculty Advance with the theme of Moving Our Graduate Program Forward. This is most fitting as we mark the 10th anniversary of the program's operation. This event builds upon the discussions at our All-of-School Advance held in May, which engaged staff, students and faculty around various topics. These included intra-school communication, ENGR 131/132 course development, moving the ENE graduate program forward, enhancing writing skills and recruiting new faculty. Some changes have occurred over the summer on a number of these fronts.

The discussions at our Advance in May and these strategic priorities have contributed to the shaping of the agenda for the ENE Faculty Advance. Following a safety briefing the four sessions will be as follows;

  • Head Search and Leadership Transition
  • Enriching Our Graduate Program (focused on courses, curriculum and annual reviews)
  • University and College Perspectives (Provost Dutta and Dean Jamieson)
  • Growing Our Graduate Program (focused on recruitment, retention and graduate certificate)

The discussions and outcomes from both Advances (May and August) are not intended as an end in themselves but the beginning of a yearlong series of activities designed to bring about meaningful improvements.

I will also address the topic of the head search and the leadership transition plus the annual priorities at my annual Year Ahead presentation at the first weekly research seminar slot on August 27 and at the start of the semester staff meeting on August 28.

Change seems to be the only constant around here.


Calendar: 8/17


  • Aug 17-21: Orientation Activities 
  • Aug 17: ENGR 132 Teaching Team meeting, ARMS BO98, 8:00-10:00am
  • Aug 18: FYE Semester Preview and Lunch, ARMS BO98, 11:00-1:00pm 
  • Aug 18: New Faculty Orientation
  • Aug 19: ENE Faculty Advance, WANG 3501, 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Aug 20: New Grad Student Orientation, WANG 3501, 8:30am-5:00pm 
  • Aug 21: New Graduate Student Convocation, Loeb Playhouse, 9:00am-11am 
  • Aug 21: ENGR 131 Teaching Team Meetings, ARMS 1028, 10am-2:00pm 
  • Aug 21: College BGR Welcome, 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Aug 24: Classes commence
  • Aug 27: ENE Research Seminar ARMS 1109 3:30pm (Weekly
  • Aug 28: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30, WANG 3501
  • 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: ENE 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, WANG 3501
  • 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 12: ENE Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium, 3:30-5pm, ARMS Atrium
  • 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
  • Dec 20: Commencement

Spring 2016

  • Feb 24: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards

News and Information: 8/17

Reminder: Wang Hall Parking Restrictions Enforced

With the new restaurants, Another Broken Egg and Stacked Pickle, opening the parking restrictions behind Wang are being enforced.

The parking in the lot behind Wang Hall is for retail customers of Purdue Federal, Another Broken Egg, and Stacked Pickle ONLY. The authorities will be putting up additional signage letting everyone know that if they park in this private parking and are not a customer of these retail business, they will be towed at their expense. There will also be only 1 hour parking regardless if they are a customer. With all the cameras outside the building, and inside Wang Hall, every effort will be made to tow only those cars that ignore the warnings.

Kudos: 8/17

... to Alice Pawley on organizing the very successful 2nd Annual End-of-Summer Pot Luck at Happy Hollow Park. Thank you Alice!

. to Tamara Moore, S. Selcen Guzey, Gillian H. Roehrig, Micah Stohlmann, Mi Sun Park, Young Rae Kim, Hannah L. Callender and Hon Jie Teo on publication of Changes in Faculty Members’ Instructional Beliefs while Implementing Model-Eliciting Activities in Journal of Engineering Education, 104(3), pp 279–302.

…to Jiabin Zhu and Monica Cox on publication of Epistemological Development Profiles of Chinese Engineering Doctoral Students in U.S. Institutions: An Application of Perry's Theory, in Journal of Engineering Education, 104(3), pp 345–362.

Funding Opportunities: 8/17

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) ITEST is a program that promotes PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus on multiple STEM domains, focus on a single domain, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines within a domain. Projects that actively engage business and industry partners to better ensure that PreK-12 experiences foster the knowledge and skill-sets needed for emerging STEM-related occupations are strongly encouraged. ITEST supports two project types: Strategies projects and SPrEaD (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination) projects. Deadline: November 13

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.

Limited Submission:  NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program This program replaces the former IGERT funding mechanism.  The NRT program is designed to encourage the development and implementation 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 includes two tracks this year – Traineeship Track and Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption.  For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, museums, and academic partners are encouraged. NRT Traineeship Track awards are expected to be up to five years in duration with a budget of up to $3,000,000.  IGE Track awards are expected to be up to 2-3 years in duration with a budget between $300,000 and $500,000.  For this competition, Purdue may submit up to three proposals– two for the Traineeship Track and one for the IGE Track.  If two Traineeship Track proposals are submitted, at least one must be for Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE).

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, August 31: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, September 7: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadlines:  December 22 – LOI (recommended); February 22 – Full proposal.

Limited Submission: NSF Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI): Network Coordination Office, Computational Modeling and Simulation Center, and Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research Facility The planned outcome of this solicitation is to establish the final three awards for the NSF-supported Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) - Network Coordination Office (NCO), Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter), and Post-Disaster, Rapid Response Research (RAPID) Facility. NHERI is the next generation of National Science Foundation (NSF) support for a natural hazards engineering research large facility, replacing the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). NHERI will be a distributed, multi-user, national facility that will provide the natural hazards engineering community with access to research infrastructure (earthquake and wind engineering experimental facilities, cyberinfrastructure, computational modeling and simulation tools, and research data), coupled with education and community outreach activities.

  • NHERI will consist of the following components, established through separate awards:
  • NCO - one award to be made under this solicitation;
  • SimCenter - one award to be made under this solicitation;
  • Experimental Facility: RAPID Facility - one award to be made under this solicitation;
  • CI - one award made under NSF 14-605; and
  • Experimental Facilities for earthquake engineering and wind engineering research - six or seven awards made under NSF 14-605

Under this solicitation, one cooperative agreement for the NCO, one cooperative agreement for the SimCenter, and one cooperative agreement for the RAPID Facility are anticipated to commence in early calendar 2016, with a five-year award duration. These three Awardees will not conduct research.  For this opportunity, Purdue can submit only two proposals with only one per proposal category.

  • Internal deadline: Contact by August 24.
  • Sponsor deadlines: Letter of Intent due October 16; Proposal due November 4

Limited Submission: Dr. Scholl Foundation  Dr. Scholl provides financial assistance for projects which help to “improve our world.”  Much of their funding is targeted to programs or innovations which will be made available to the general public, especially disabled or disadvantaged groups. Although not inclusive, the foundation is interested in topics in the following areas:  Education, Social Service, Healthcare, Civic and Cultural, and Environmental.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application system-wide (main campus and regional campuses must compete together).

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, September 14:  Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, September 21:  Reviewer rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadline:  Applications are accepted between October 1 and March 1.


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

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