Skip navigation

ENE Memo: August 19, 2013

From the Head: 8/19

A Year of Opportunity  

Welcome, everyone, to the 2013-14 academic year: our 10th year as the School of Engineering Education! We welcome a wide variety of people to our community, some new, some returning.

Nearly 2000 new first-year engineering students have selected Purdue for their education. We have the awesome responsibility of launching these eager young people on their careers as citizen engineers by supporting them as they transition into college life. We have many new and returning students in our multidisciplinary engineering and interdisciplinary engineering studies degree programs. Check out the new wall art in the main ARMS corridor – the featured faces are those of actual MDE & IDES students from the class of 2013. The eight new PhD students will be the first cohort to have a semester to explore ENE before they have to decide on a major professor.  The returning PhD students will notice some changes in the set-up of the office spaces (see News and Information). Also, five PhD candidates successfully defended over the summer.  

We welcome four new faculty joining ENE: Tamara Moore, Joyce Main, Morgan Hynes and Mary Pilotte. This is the largest group of new faculty to start at one time since 2007. The five current faculty whose promotions were announced in the spring can now officially use their new rank title. Jennifer Redden will be joining us in the new role of administrative assistant in the FYE Ops center. Construction of Phase 2 of the FYE Ops center is almost complete, and the learning support team will move back in a week or so. Check it out. Also check out the new furnishings in the Innovation and Demonstration Studios in the i2i Learning Laboratory.

Eric Holloway is transitioning out of ENE to take up a newly created position in the College of Engineering office. He will be the Senior Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations, working with the Associate Dean for Research to grow research partnerships with industry. Over the past 6 years, Eric has made an enormous contribution to shaping ENE, especially in respect to the FYE program, the i2i Learning Laboratory and the Advanced Fabrication Lab (AFL). During the critical transition to the new, i2i-based  FYE courses, he provided a much needed dose of grounded engineering commonsense and quietly made things happen when they needed to happen, without fuss or drama. We would not be where we today without his initiative and strong leadership. We wish Eric all the very best in the next phase of his career at Purdue. There will be a time later in the semester to recognize his many contributions to ENE.

This year presents exciting possibilities and enormous potential but also some challenges. As a consequence of the growth in engineering, we are in period of considerable change (what's new!). While this is a good problem to have, it will require each and every one of us to show considerable patience and forbearance and demonstrate resilience as we operate during a period of flux. Change is always difficult. It disrupts the certainties that we structure our work and life around. It can cause confusion and be frustrating. The best way to deal with the destabilizing impact of change is to stay focused on the things that really matter. At the ENE Advance in May, we generated many ideas on how to improve our working environment. I invite you to review this list and try some of the suggestions. 

If we are to navigate the uncertainties of the year ahead and to capture the enormous possibilities of this growth, I need YOUR help. Right now we are resource-bound, especially in terms of space. College growth presents a unique opportunity to remedy our chronic space problems, but it will take a concerted effort with everyone pulling in the same direction. I ask each of us to take the long view and to focus on the WE rather than the ME. It is all too easy to get lost in narrow self-interest. It is always disappointing and frankly disheartening to hear people complain self-centeredly about how this or that does not suit their personal or parochial needs or convenience without them giving sufficient thought to the needs of others or for ENE as a whole. It diverts attention from the truly important things, consumes valuable time and drains finite energy. This is an imperfect world, and we have to make compromises and hard choices. We need to move beyond functional silos and look over the parapet and think holistically. We need give and take. As President Kennedy may have challenged us, Ask not what ENE can do for you but what can you do for ENE.

I will present my thoughts on the decade ahead and the priorities for this year at the ENE Research Seminar and the staff meeting this week. The theme is Daring Greatly: The Past, Present and Future of ENE.


Calendar: 8/19

Fall 2013

  • Aug 19: Classes Begin
  • Aug 22: ENE Research Seminar: David Radcliffe Daring Greatly: the Past, Present and Future of ENE.  
  • Aug 23: Staff Meeting 8:30am ARMS 1021. The Year Ahead 
  • Aug 28: Meeting of ENE faculty and staff involved with FYE wit the Foundations of Excellent team, ARMS BO98 B Innovation Studio 9:30-11:30am
  • Sept 4: Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am
  • Sept 4: Assistant Professors meet with head, ARMS 1314 10:30-11:20am
  • Sept 5: First Round Pitch Day, Preeminent Teams 
  • Sep 25: Faculty meet to discuss Mentoring Philosophy, ARMS 1021, 9:30-11:30am 
  • Sept 28: Homecoming & Family Weekend Celebrating 60 Years of FYE at Purdue
  • Oct 2: Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am
  • Oct 2: Associate Professor meet with Head, ARMS 1314, 10:30-11:20am
  • Oct 7-8: Fall Break
  • Oct 18: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:20am
  • Oct 20-22: ABET Site Visit
  • Oct 21-25: Green Week at Purdue (Think! No Impact)
  • Oct 30:  Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am
  • Nov 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) 
  • Nov 9: ENE Friends at the Football
  • Nov 13: Faculty Discussion: FYE Research, ARMS BO98B Innovation Studio 9:30-12:30 
  • Nov 14: Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Engineering Education at Purdue
  • Nov 20: Advisor-PhD Student matching, ARMS BO98B Innovation Studio 9:30-12:30 
  • Nov 28-29: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 4: Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am

Spring 2014

  • Feb 19: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebrating 45 Years of  Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE / Open House and Research Exhibition

Summer 2014

  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures

Kudos: 8/19 Robin Adams, Alice Pawley and Brent Jesiek on receiving the prestigious Ben Dasher Best Paper award for their FIE 2012 paper "Applying philosophical inquiry: Bringing future engineering education researchers into the philosophy of engineering education."

... to Hadi Ali and Robin Adams on receiving a grant from Kimberly Clark entitled "Big Picture Thinkers in Industry: Who are they? How to harness their expertise?"  This grant is based on a project from the Harnessing Engineering Expertise course and was shepherded by Candee Krautkramer at KC. Monica Cardella (PI) and Heidi Diefes-Dux (Co-PI) on receiving the NSF grant "Expert-Novice Framework to Support Student and Instructor Feedback on Design"  (#1329304). Kudos also to ENE graduate students Kelsey Rodgers and Farshid Marbouti for their substantial contributions to this grant proposal.

News and Information: 8/19

Advancing OUR Workplace

At the ENE Advance in May, faculty and staff were invited to think about things we could contribute to making ENE a great place to work. We were asked three questions: What can I do to improve the working environment? What can WE do? How can we hold each other accountable? A summary of our collective answers to those questions appears here, for your reference.


A New Tradition: Wednesday Lunchtime

At the Advance, Alice Pawley proposed we establish a weekly "tea time" or similar where people could meet regularly to have various types of conversations. This idea evolved into Wednesday Lunchtime. It is in ARMS 1314 on Wednesdays, 12-1pm.

Basically you bring your lunch and chat about anything and everything. Everyone is welcome. This time was chosen to try to avoid all grad courses and most undergrad courses and other meeting times. We are trialing it this fall, will see what happens, and then reassess for spring.  Let's start this new tradition together to make ENE a better place to learn and work! Thank you, Alice, for suggesting this new tradition.


United Way: Helping Our Local Community

It’s that time of year again when Purdue supports the United Way with their fall campaign. The United Way is a valuable provider of services to our community and could not operate without our help.


To kick the 2013-14 year off, the 5K for United Way will be held next Thursday, August 22, at 5:30pm at the Celery Bog in West Lafayette, with registration starting at 5pm. The cost is $10, which includes a T-shirt. If you would like to participate. Carlene Quirk has the registration forms at the desk in ARMS 1300. (Note: TODAY is the last day to register if you want the shirt.) All proceeds from this event will benefit the United Way.



Changes Graduate Student Offices

Over the summer we made some necessary changes to the graduate student areas. One office had to be reassigned to accommodate the laboratory of a new faculty, which reduced the available space. As part of the college growth, we are being asked to use space more efficiently; basically the college is growing 30% in terms of people but less than 15% in terms of space. Do the math. So ARMS 1337 was reconfigured to make it more open and inviting but with unassigned desks. The two small rooms off the main one are set up as either quiet or noisy zones but again not as assigned desks. Some like the idea of non-assigned desks (hot desking, as it is called), while others hate it. Basically we do not have the space to offer everyone an assigned desk, so we are doing the best we can with what we have. This is not a perfect world.

Recognizing that by not having assigned desks individual students do not have a place to store their stuff, we are considering adding a set of lockers to ARMS 1337 where books, laptops, etc.  can be stored and accessed as needed. Before doing so, however, we want to gauge the demand for this. It is very likely that from summer 2014 all ENE graduate students will be housed across Northwestern in the new Wang Hall, so we need to be careful about where we use limited funds, knowing that some investments may only be used for less than a year.  

Funding Opportunities: 8/19

Selected Funding Opportunities

NSF CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)  The CISE Research Infrastructure (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 computing research infrastructure.  The program supports two classes of awards: 1) Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards, and 2) Community Infrastructure (CI) awards.  Deadline: November 4

NSF Ocean Acidification  The new National Ocean Policy calls for actions to improve understanding of and capacity to respond to ocean acidification, recognizing the potential adverse impacts of an acidifying sea upon marine ecosystems.  Basic research concerning the nature, extent and impact of ocean acidification on oceanic environments in the past, present and future is required.  Deadline: December 3

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and Basic Research and Education  The NSF is interested in receiving proposals to existing programs in any directorate across the Foundation that address fundamental research questions which might simultaneously advance activities related to research and education in forensic sciences. Supplement requests to existing awards may also be submitted.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Belmont Forum - FACCE-JPI Multilateral International Opportunities Fund Initiative This partnership will provide international collaborative research opportunities that address the Belmont Challenge: “To deliver knowledge needed for action to mitigate and adapt to detrimental environmental change and extreme hazardous events.” This call of the International Opportunities Fund will focus on addressing issues of Food Security and Land Use Change. Type 1 proposals due September 30; Type 2 Pre-Proposals due September 30

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Announcement of Instrumentation Fund to Provide Mid-Scale Instrumentation for FY14 Awards in Physics Division  This Fund does not constitute a separate program to which investigators can apply directly. Rather, anyone needing specialized equipment should request funding for that equipment as part of a regular proposal to a disciplinary program in the Division.

NIH Pioneer Award Program (DP1)  This Award initiative complements NIH's traditional, investigator-initiated grant programs by supporting individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transforming approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges that have the potential to produce an unusually high impact on a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research.  Deadline: October 18

NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program (DP2)  This award initiative supports a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research.  Deadline: October 25

NIH Advanced Development of Informatics Technology (U24)  The purpose of this FOA is to invite applications for advanced development and enhancement of emerging informatics technologies to improve the acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge in cancer research.  If successful, these technologies would accelerate research in cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, cancer prevention, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities.  Deadline: November 18

DOD-ONR FY14 Young Investigator Program (YIP)  This program seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment.  The objectives of this program are to attract outstanding faculty members of universities to the Department of the Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers .Deadline: January 3

DOD-ONR Basic Research in Spatial Sensing Scene Characterization Technology  The Office of Naval Research seeks fundamental technical innovations to revolutionize spatial, temporal, and compositional scene characterization at stand-off distances ranging from hundreds of meters to tens of kilometers in different frequency regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. White papers due October 9; Invited proposals due December 11

DOD-ONR Select Topics in Power Generation and Energy Storage  The ONR is interested in receiving proposals on the following research topics: 1) Safe Energy and Power Dense Battery Technology; 2) Naval Shipboard Generator Applied Research; and 3) Generator Supporting Materials Applied Research. White papers due September 12; Full proposals due November 20

NASA Human Research Program   This NRA covers all aspects of research to provide human health and performance countermeasures, knowledge, technologies, and tools to enable safe, reliable, and productive human space exploration, and to ensure safe and productive human spaceflight.  Step-1 Proposals due September 4; Invited Step-2 Proposals due December 3

AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science  This award recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities.  For the purposes of this award, public engagement activities are defined as the individual’s active participation in efforts to engage with the public on science- and technology-related issues and promote meaningful dialogue between science and society.  Nomination deadline: October 15

Limited Submissions:

Letters of intent, preproposals, and rankings to the OVPR should be e-mailed to Purdue's open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and template for letters of intent may be found at For any case in which the number of internal letters of intent received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the OVPR will notify the PI that an internal preproposal will be unnecessary.

Limited Submission: Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Program  Microsoft Research seeks nominees who apply an interdisciplinary and novel approach to advancing computing research resulting in high impact on the discipline, and who demonstrate the likelihood of becoming thought leaders in the field. Nominees must be new faculty members in the first, second, or third year of their first faculty appointment. They must hold a tenure-track faculty position, and may be no more than six years from the completion of their most recent PhD, ScD, or MD (2007 or later). An emphasis is placed on nominations from departments working on computing research areas and on areas that involve the innovative application of computing. Nominations must come from the research institution and will be confirmed by a letter from the head of the institution. Three letters of recommendation are required from established researchers familiar with the nominee’s research.  For this competition, Purdue may submit only one nomination.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, August 26:  Preproposal and nominee’s CV are due to the OVPR (no LOIs for this competition).
  • Wednesday, September 4:  Preproposal rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor deadline:  September 30

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 issues.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application system-wide

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, August 26:  Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, September 16:  Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, September 23:  Preproposal rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor deadline: Accepting applications between November 1 and March 1, 2014

Limited Submission: NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC)  This program will provide support to an interdisciplinary academic research team to partner with at least one industry partner for the purpose of building technological and human innovation capacity. The PFI:BIC partnership team should focus on technological innovations with potential for significant economic/societal impact. The team collaborates on research, focusing on novel applications motivated by existing research discoveries and based on a platform technology with the potential to achieve transformational change in existing service systems or to spur entirely new service systems. To attain this goal, these partnerships, which inherently require interdisciplinary research, must address what is needed to advance this technology so as to enable a "smart" service system or systems to enter into the commercialization process, succeed in the marketplace, and achieve positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Such advancement involves not only engineering, computer science, and other fields of science, but also an understanding of the potential interaction of the technology with customers and the broader public affected by the technology, the "socio-technical system." A full understanding of the socio-technical system will require interdisciplinary teams that include social, behavior, and/or cognitive sciencesFor this competition, Purdue may submit two proposals as lead institution.

Internal deadlines:

  • Wednesday, September 4:  Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, September 23:  Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, September 30:  Preproposal rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor deadlines: November 18 – LOIs  (required); January 27 –Proposals.

Funding Resources:

The OVPR 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.  UDO lists funding opportunities here.


NSF Dear Colleague Letter – Announcement of Intent to use an Asynchronous Review Mechanism for Proposals submitted to the Physics Division during the FY2014 Competition 

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

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