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ENE Memo: August 18, 2014

From the Head: 8/18

A Year of Exciting Possibilities  

Welcome, everyone, to the 2014-15 academic year.

We especially welcome our 2465 First-Year students, the 60 students in our BS in Multidisciplinary Engineering (MDE) and Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies (IDES) and the 15 new students in our Graduate Program. We trust that each will have a successful year (however they define that); a time of transition and a time of learning, growth and development. 

Our number one espoused value in the ENE Strategic Plan is Students First in all we do. I encourage each of us to live up to this aspiration.

In the same spirit, let’s do all we can to make this a safe place to be, in all senses of safe.

We welcome four new faculty joining ENE: Allison Godwin, Jennifer DeBoer, Ed Berger and Michael Loui. This is the second year in a row we have welcomed four new faculty. Mary Pilotte has officially taken on the role as Director of the Interdisciplinary Engineering program. Late last week we received the exciting news that our BS in MDE was reaccredited - a big thank you to Phil Wankat for successfully steering us through the ABET process again. We hope to be welcoming two new FYE academic advisors and a couple of new secretaries in soon. During the year we will be seeking to hire another four faculty to join us in fall 2015. 

Finally, we have some additional physical space! This year we have the exciting prospect of co-locating all our research operations in the brand new Wang Hall across Northwestern Avenue from Armstrong Hall. Our laboratories that will house all our graduate students and researchers will be on level 3 of Wang Hall and we hope to move there in early spring. After a summer as nomads, the staff and students from INSPIRE are in Wang Hall, on level 4, as a penultimate stage of a transition from Grissom to the new ENE research facility.

I cannot overstate the significance of these new research laboratories in the history of the School of Engineering Education. As we enter our second decade this marks a major milestone in our evolution and maturation as a scholarly community at Purdue. This will be the first research facility of its type anywhere in the world. It affords us a unique opportunity to continue to provide national and global leadership in the emerging field of engineering education research and innovation (EER&I). We must grasp this opportunity and run with it.

As a leader, we have obligations to the wider in EER&I community. We must continue to exercise humility; there is no place for hubris or hollow self-congratulation. We need to recognize the significance of what has been achieved, but then we need to work hard in order to realize its full potential. For this we need to have a sense of the future, a focus on the collective possibilities and look beyond what any of us can achieve individually in the near term.

While we have made a giant leap forward in research space, our office space in Armstrong Hall is full to overflowing. I want to thank those who have been willing to move over the summer to new offices so we could accommodate the new faculty. As we continue to grow the number of faculty, more will have their offices in Wang Hall, level 4. The first to relocate are Monica Cardella, Tamara Moore and Senay Purzer. This will be the new normal until around 2019 when, according to the new Purdue Engineering space master plan, all of ENE administration, offices and teaching laboratories move to a refurbished Potter Hall. In the interim we will be operating between Armstrong and Wang Halls.

This is a year with exciting possibilities. The growing pains will be worth the gains in the longer term.


Calendar: 8/18

Fall 2014

  • August 18: Faculty return
  • August 20: ENE Faculty Advance, ARMS B098B, 9:30am-4:30pm
  • August 21: ENE PhD Orientation
  • August 22: Preeminent Teams proposal deadline
  • August 25: Classes begin
  • August 28: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • August 28: American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Student Chapter Callout (ME 1015), 6pm
  • August 29: ENE Staff Meeting, ARMS 1109, 8:30-9:30am
  • Sept. 3: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-10:20am
  • Sept. 3: Assistant Professors Meeting, ARMS B098B, 10:30-11:20am
  • Sept. 4: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 6: Family Day (Purdue Mall near MSEE)
  • Sept. 10: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Sept. 11: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 17: Faculty Research Conversation, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Sept. 18: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 25: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 27: Homecoming (Armstrong Atrium), 9-11am
  • Oct. 1: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-10:20am
  • Oct. 1: Associate Professors Meeting, ARMS B098B, 10:30-11:20am
  • Oct. 2: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Oct. 9: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Oct. 16: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Oct. 17: ENE Staff Meeting, ARMS B1103, 8:30-9:20am
  • Oct. 22-25: FIE Madrid
  • Oct. 23: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Oct. 29: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Oct. 29-30: ENE Graduate Program Open House, Armstrong Hall
  • Oct. 30: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Nov. 6-7: ENE Industrial Advisory Council, meeting Nov. 7, Dunville Room (ARMS 3041), 8am-3:30pm
  • Nov. 6: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Nov. 12: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Nov. 13: ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium, ARMS Atrium, 3:30-5pm
  • Nov. 19: Faculty-PhD Matching, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Nov. 20: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Nov. 26-28: Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 4: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Dec. 10: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Dec. 21: Commencement

*Lunch Gatherings (every Wednesday, Noon-1:00) ARMS 1314

News and Information: 8/18

Office Space

Due to our growing numbers and the opening of Wang Hall, some ENE personnel have moved into new office space.

Wang Hall Suite 4500 (level 4, northeast quadrant)

  • Monica Cardella, 4543
  • Senay Purzer, 4545
  • Tamara Moore, 4547
  • Elizabeth Gajdzik, 4000 B-1
  • Anna Douglas, 4000 B-2
  • M. Terri Sanger, 4000 B-3

ARMS 1300 Suite

  • Allison Godwin, 1309
  • Jennifer DeBoer, 1311
  • Ed Berger, 1327
  • Michael Loui, 1331
  • Mike Loizzo, 1339

Kudos: 8/18 Phil Wankat on leading the successful ABET re-accreditation of our BS in Multidisciplinary Engineering and Steve Hoffman for his leadership in preparing the materials for first-year engineering, used by all programs at Purdue for their ABET re-accreditation. Alice Pawley and Robin Adams on creating the inaugural ENE end-ish of summer Potluck to welcome new grad students, staff and faculty and their families held at Happy Hollow Park on Sunday Aug 17.  A big crowd in attendance!

Introduction to the potluck  Desserts on display   







Matt Paul working on the grill













Food lineEating at the table

Funding Opportunities: 8/18

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 Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR) The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. Deadlines: October 22 – Engaged Student Learning: Exploration; October 24 – Institutional and Community Transformation: Exploration; January 13 – Engaged Student Learning: Design & Development; and January 13 – Institutional and Community Transformation: Design & Development.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Joint NSF/ENG and AFOSR Funding Opportunity – EAGERs to Energize Innovative Research and Development on Dynamic Data Systems This opportunity seek Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals with the potential to transform our ability to understand, manage and control the operation of complex, multi-entity natural or engineered systems, through innovative approaches that consider new dimensions in Big Data, Big Computing, and a symbiotic combination of Data and Computing. Deadline: August 22 – Email to program managers; September 12 – Proposal.

NSF Dear College Letter: I-Corps L: Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education To be eligible to pursue funding, applicants must have received a prior award from NSF (in a STEM education field relevant to the proposed innovation) that is currently active or that has been active within five years from the date of the proposal submission. To challenge NSF researchers to think beyond their research results and toward broader adoption of STEM education and learning innovations, NSF’s Innovation Corps Teams Program will encourage proposals that take discoveries and promising practices from education research and development and promote opportunities for widespread adoption, adaptation, and utilization. I-Corps for Learning (I-Corps L) Teams will receive support – in the form of mentoring and funding – to accelerate innovation in learning that can be successfully scaled, in a sustainable manner. Deadline: September 30.

USDA-NIFA North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) The R&E Grant Program provides funds to applicants who are exploring sustainable agriculture through research projects or education/demonstration projects. There are no specific priority areas in the 2015 Call for Preproposals, but preproposals must address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the North Central Region. Successful projects should contribute to the following NCR-SARE broad-based outcomes: improving the profitability of farmers and associated agricultural businesses; sustaining and improving the environmental quality and natural resource base on which agriculture depends; and enhancing the quality of life for farmers/ranchers, rural communities, and society as a whole. Deadline: October 23.

USDA-NIFA Gifted Education Program Evaluation NIFA requests applications for the Gifted Education Program Evaluation (GEPE) Competitive Grant Program to provide a comprehensive report of findings on the state of gifted education programs in the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) areas, districts, and schools that will inform future programming direction to enhance gifted program practices and achievement of program goals. Deadline: August 28, 2014.

USDA-NIFA Preschool Access Feasibility Study NIFA requests applications for the Preschool Access Feasibility Study (PAFS) Competitive Grant Program to design a feasibility study which will assess the preschool program availability to military families located outside the continental United States (OCONUS) installations worldwide. Deadline: August 28, 2014.

USDA-NIFA Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program NIFA requests applications to conduct undergraduate and D.V.M. scholarship programs to meet national and international needs for training food and agricultural scientists and professionals, or professionals in rural economic, community, and business development. Through these scholarships, the goal of the MSP is to increase the participation of any group historically underrepresented in USDA mission areas and prepare them for the professional and scientific workforce in these areas. The amount available for support of this program is approximately $868,720. Deadline: September 30.

DOE Open Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (OPEN-IDEAS) This FOA is intended to provide rapid support to revolutionary applied energy research (Studies) that may lead to new ARPA-E programs to develop transformational and disruptive energy technologies. Studies are defined as single-phase efforts of durations less than 12 months and cost less than $500,000. This announcement is purposely broad in scope to encourage the submission of the most innovative, out-of-the-box ideas in energy technology. Deadline: September 26 – Concept papers; TBD – Full application.

Limited Submissions:

Preproposals 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

Limited Submission: NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate Program (R25) This announcement encourages applications that propose research education programs intended to enhance the pool of community college students from diverse backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences who go on to research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research. Key strategies are to increase transfer and increase retention to BA/BS graduation in biomedical and behavioral sciences. This initiative promotes partnerships/consortia between community colleges or other two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

Limited Submission: HHS Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) Research (UO2) The overall objective of the GEOHealth program is to support the development of institutions in the Low- or Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) that will serve as regional hubs for collaborative research, data management, training, curriculum and outreach material development, and policy support around high priority local, national, and regional environmental and occupational health threats. Hubs are supported by two coordinated linked awards to

  1. A LMIC institution for research and
  2. A U.S. institution to coordinate research training.

Together all regional hubs supported will form the GEOHealth Network. Only one application per institution is allowed.

  • Internal Deadline: Contact by August 25.
  • Sponsor Deadlines: September 22 – LOI; October 22 – Application.

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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EVPRP Workshop NIH Overview: Institute/Center Mission and Strategies This workshop will provide an overview and an update on the various institutions of the NIH. Knowledge and familiarity with NIH institutes can be a tremendous advantage during the writing, submission and post-review phases of your submission. We will address the individual missions and plans, as well as possible funding mechanisms and how to position yourself for a successful NIH-funding career. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 9 from 11:30AM – 1:00PM in Stewart Center, room 310. Lunch is provided so registration is required by September 4. To register, go to

DOD-AF BAA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Airspace Integration (Calls are not yet open) The objective of this effort is to conduct basic, applied, advanced and demonstration/validation research to develop, demonstrate, integrate and transition new UAS airspace integration technologies to the warfighter. Calls under this BAA will fall under six research areas in AFRL/RQQ: Airspace Integration; State Awareness and Real Time Response; Verification & Validation; Cooperative Intelligence; Surveillance and Reconnaissance; and, Automated Strike Integration and Safety Technologies. Calls under this BAA may be standalone efforts in one or multiple research areas, or in support of a larger effort. Each individual call will specify its own goals, objectives and deliverables.

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Invitation for Reviewers

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

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