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ENE Memo: August 25, 2014

From the Head: 8/25

Establishing Realistic Expectations

Over the past month, the ENE Memo has featured a series of thought pieces to frame possible futures for ENE.

I encourage each of you to review these as we prepare to seize the opportunities of this and future years and as we collectively tackle the challenges ahead.

As we embark on a new academic year, it is critical that we each have realistic expectations about resources and that there be collective alignment amongst our individual expectations. If we are to capture the enormous possibilities presented by our current growth, we must deploy our finite resources effectively and efficiently to have maximum global effect. I seek your help in doing this.

It is a self-evident truth that our school's resources—people, space, time and dollars—are finite. There is never enough for what we think we need to do and all the things we hope to accomplish in any given period. Our finite resources have to be shared equitably; hard choices need to be made. At this time of growth and transition our resources will be stretched to the limit. This is in part because our resources do not automatically grow when our student and faculty numbers increase, so we have to do more with less. Also, due to factors largely beyond our control, we currently have some staff positions unfilled, so we are short-staffed.

Resource allocation is a zero sum game. If someone consumes more of the available resources than is reasonable, then another person does not gain their fair share. So before you place a demand on our finite resources, please ask yourself the question, “If everyone demanded what I am expecting would this be sustainable; would the total expectations of all people exceed the available resources?” In consideration of others in ENE, we each need to do the math and adjust our expectations to match what is feasible and reasonable given our finite resources.

I want to encourage 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 our narrow self-interest or be short-sighted and not look beyond the end of our nose. It is disappointing and disheartening to hear people complain self-centeredly about how this or that does not suit their personal needs or convenience without giving sufficient thought to the legitimate needs of others. Making excessive, unreasonable or unrealistic demands on our finite resources, including support services such as the time of clerical staff and the business office, is ultimately counterproductive for all.

We are a multi-faceted school with many competing demands on our finite resources. As we grow we need to get beyond functional silos and think more holistically. We need to put ourselves in the shoes of the other person and always be mindful of the impact of our actions upon others.


Calendar: 8/25

Fall 2014

  • August 25: Classes begin
  • August 28: ENE Research Seminar, David Radcliffe, "Countdown to the Future ..2030...2020...2015", 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 Meet with Head ARMS B098B, 10:30-11:20am
  • Sept. 4: ENE 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: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 12: Faculty Colloquium Series: Dean Leah Jamieson, "From Recognizing Speech to Speaking Out: An Unexpected Journey" ARMS 1103, 3:30 (reception at 4:30)
  • Sept. 17: Faculty Research Conversation, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Sept. 18: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 25: ENE 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 Meet with Head, ARMS B098B, 10:30-11:20am
  • Oct. 2: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Oct. 9: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Oct. 16: ENE 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: ENE 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: ENE 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: ENE 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: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Nov. 26-28: Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 4: ENE 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: 8/25

New Safety Enhancements (from Faculty and Staff News) 

As students return for the fall 2014 semester at Purdue, they will notice enhancements to public safety on the West Lafayette campus that were implemented over the summer months. These additional safety measures were based on recommendations made by the security feedback panel that was commissioned last semester to evaluate feedback the University received after Jan. 21.

Please read this article and follow the links to see the explanatory videos

Librarian-in-Residence Office Hours

Amy Van Epps, Purdue Libraries' engineering librarian and an ENE PhD student, is our “librarian-in-residence” - a resource for ENE faculty, students, and staff.

This fall she will hold Office Hours in ARMS 1314 every Friday morning from 10am-noon.

The role of librarians are changing and expanding into areas with which many people don’t expect the library to be involved, including data services, such as data management plan consultations and the Purdue Research Repository (PURR) ( Amy can help with these subjects as well as more traditional ones, including navigating the Libraries’ process for depositing published materials in the Purdue ePubs collection, which is our local open-access institutional repository (

She still does all the ‘regular’ stuff too, such as help with:

  •     Citation management programs
  •     Assessing fair use for materials
  •     Understanding open access and author rights
  •     Finding Impact factors for journals and calculating H-index
  •     Speaking with a class on literature research techniques, resources available

... and much more. Be sure to take advantage of Amy's valuable (and greatly appreciated) service and expertise.

Research Computing Consultations

Weekly “Coffee Break Consultations” with ITaP Research Computing (RCAC) staff are informal meet-ups on Tuesday afternoons at multiple campus locations with benefits for new and experienced users or Purdue faculty, staff and students just thinking about adding high-performance computing, high-capacity storage and other computational tools to their research toolbox. More information: or email

Kudos: 8/25 Matt Ohland, project director for CATME SMARTER Teamwork, which served its 250,000th student this month. A new award from NSF will use the system as both an intervention and to collect outcomes to study how students learn team skills. NSF Award 1431694, “Optimizing Student Team Skill Development using Evidence-Based Strategies”, was funded August 17 for $1.7M over four years. Dan Ferguson is among the Co-PIs on the project.

Funding Opportunities: 8/25

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 Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs IIS supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: The Cyber-Human Systems (CHS) program; The Information Integration and Informatics (III) program; and The Robust Intelligence (RI) program. Proposals in the area of computer graphics and visualization may be submitted to any of the three core programs described above. Proposers are invited to submit proposals in three project classes, which are defined as follows: Small Projects – up to $500,000 total budget with durations up to three years; Medium Projects – $500,001 to $1,200,000 total budget with durations up to four years; and Large Projects – $1,200,001 to $3,000,000 total budget with durations up to five years. Deadlines: November 10 – Medium; November 20 – Large; January 14 – Small.

NSF Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Program The Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education activities that invent new computing and networking technologies and that explore new ways to make use of existing technologies. The Division seeks to develop a better understanding of the fundamental properties of computer and network systems and to create better abstractions and tools for designing, building, analyzing, and measuring future systems. This program supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in two core programs: Computer Systems Research (CSR) program and Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program. Deadlines: November 10 – Medium; November 20 – Large; January 14 – Small.

NSF Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs The Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports transformative research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communication. The Division seeks advances in computing and communication theory, algorithm design and analysis, and the architecture and design of computers and software. This program supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program; The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program; and The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program. Deadlines: November 10 – Medium; November 20 – Large; January 14 – Small.

NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) This program welcomes proposals that address Cybersecurity from a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective, or from the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective. Projects with Trustworthy Computing Systems and/or Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences perspectives may include a Transition to Practice (TTP) option. This document should describe how successful research results are to be further developed, matured, and experimentally deployed in organizations or industries, including in networks and end systems used by members of the NSF science and engineering communities. Deadlines: November 10 – Medium; November 20 – Large; December 19 – Cybersecurity Education; January 14 – Small.

NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) This program supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components: (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and (4) the processes through which the human system affects the natural system. CNH also supports research coordination networks designed to facilitate activities that promote future research by broad research communities that will include all four components necessary for CNH funding. Deadline: November 18.

DOD-DARPA Materials Development for Platforms MDP aims to develop a methodology and toolset to compress the applied material development sequence from 10+ years to roughly 2.5 years. Applied material development will be conducted by: (a) establishing a cross-disciplinary construct that incorporates materials science, Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME), engineering, design, analysis, and manufacturing; and (b) establishing and implementing a new materials development methodology that is guided by 'design intent' and incorporates manufacturing technology. Deadline: October 2.

USDA-NIFA Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program Applications are being solicited under the following areas: (1) Graduate Fellowships to support the training for and completion of Master's and doctoral degree programs in the Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences, and; (2) Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances (IRTA) for eligible Master's and doctoral USDA Fellows or current applicants. NIFA’s five Challenge Areas include: food security, climate change, sustainable bioenergy, childhood obesity, and food safety. Deadline: September 30.

National Research Council Research Associateship Program Through a national competition, the NRC recommends and makes Research Associateship awards to outstanding scientists and engineers, at the postdoctoral and senior levels, for tenure as guest researchers at the participating laboratories. Applicants to the Research Associateship Programs must have earned a Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M., or academically equivalent research doctorate before beginning tenure. Citizenship requirements vary depending on the sponsoring federal laboratory. The next competition opens September 1. Deadline for applications: November 1.

John Templeton Foundation The foundation is now accepting online applications for its Core Funding Area programs: Science and the Big Questions, Character Virtue Development, Individual Freedom and Free Market, Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, and Genetics. A number of topics—including creativity, freedom, gratitude, love, and purpose—can be found under more than one Core Funding Area. The Foundation welcomes proposals that bring together these overlapping elements, especially by combining the tools and approaches of different disciplines. Deadline: October 1.

Limited Submissions:

Preproposals should be e-mailed to Purdue's open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for preproposals may be found at

Limited Submission: NSF IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) This funding opportunity enables engineering departments to lead the nation by successfully achieving significant sustainable changes necessary to overcome long-standing issues in their undergraduate programs and educate inclusive communities of engineering students prepared to solve 21st century challenges. An organization is allowed to submit up to two submissions. The PI must be a department head/chair.

  • Internal deadline: Contact by Monday, September 8.
  • Sponsor deadlines: October 28 – LOI; November 26 – Full proposal.

Limited Submission: NSF Science and Technology Centers This program supports innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and via international collaborations, as appropriate. STCs may involve any areas of science and engineering that NSF supports. Centers must undertake activities that facilitate knowledge transfer, i.e., the exchange of scientific and technical information with the objective of disseminating and utilizing knowledge broadly in multiple sectors. Examples of knowledge transfer include technology transfer with the intention of supporting innovation, providing key information to public policy makers, or dissemination of knowledge from one field of science to another.

Internal Deadlines:

  • Wednesday, September 3 – Preproposals
  • Monday, September 8 – Reviewer rankings

Sponsor Deadlines:

  • December 11 – Preliminary proposals
  • June 16 – Full proposals (by invite)

Limited Submission: NIST Forensic Science Center of Excellence Program NIST is soliciting applications to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence (COE) in which NIST researchers collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers from academia and industry for the wide-spread adoption of probabilistic methods within the forensic science community, specifically in the areas of pattern evidence and digital evidence, by developing the necessary analytical methods, creating a suitable education and training infrastructure in probabilistic methods for the relevant stakeholders, and engaging the forensic science community to promote competence building. An organization may only serve as lead on one application.

Limited Submission: DOE Resilience for Extreme Scale Supercomputing Systems Proposals are invited for basic research that significantly improves the resiliency of scientific applications in the context of emerging architectures for extreme scale computing platforms. Of interest are proposals that address challenges in the following topics: 1. Fault Detection and Categorization, 2. Fault Mitigation, 3. Anomaly Detection and Fault Avoidance. Only two applications are allowed per institution.

  • Internal Deadline: Contact by Friday, August 22.
  • Sponsor Deadlines: August 27 – Pre-application (required); November 3 – 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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