ENE Memo: August 27, 2012
From the Head: 8/27
Nerdy Engineer: Courageous Pioneer: Modest Hero
|Making the impossible possible|
On Saturday, August 25, we lost the best-known Purdue alum, the first person to step onto another world. Neil Armstrong was a global hero, yet he was very humble and modest. He was a pioneer of aviation; before he was an astronaut, he was a test pilot who flew the X-15 to the edge of space. He described himself in a characteristically self-deprecating way as a "white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer."
It is truly inspiring to be able to come to work each day in Armstrong Hall. The name reminds us that we walk in the footsteps of a hero who took calculated risks to advance knowledge. Working in this building reminds us that we should "reach for the stars," literally or metaphorically, in all we do and achieve the seemingly impossible. We should push the envelope and not settle for the existing boundaries of what is considered possible; challenge assumptions and not settle for second best. But in being bold and achieving amazing things, it behooves each of us to be modest in our accomplishments. We should appreciate that our individual success builds on those who came before us, and it also depends on those who travel with us.
The following statement from his family captures their and our loss and the inspirational legacy of Neil Armstrong:
The picture, taken last fall, is Neil Armstrong as a student eyeing the moon and imagining what could be given sufficient imagination, hard work, courage and persistence.
Neil Armstrong inspires the very best in all of us; he challenges us to selflessly serve a cause greater than ourselves.
News and Information: 8/27
Update on Volunteer Policy (PLEASE TAKE NOTE)
The new Purdue Volunteer Policy and what each of us is responsible for was the subject of an earlier ENE Memo and a recent email (8/16/2012 at 8:18am).
On August 22, Alysa Rollock (Purdue's Vice President for Ethics and Compliance) conducted a Q&A session on the volunteer policy with the deans. The good news is that faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are now exempt. As listed in the updated policy (see http://www.purdue.edu/policies/human-resources/vib2.html), also exempt are volunteer lecturers, adjunct faculty members, associate staff members, affiliate staff appointees and visiting scholar appointees, guest lecturers/speakers, and human subject research participants.
On the other hand, advisory councils (like our E2IAC) are still required to gain clearance. However, this aspect of the policy is under review, and a request to exempt advisory councils has been made. In the interim, while a decision is pending, an extension of the deadline has been granted until December 31, 2012, for implementing the volunteer policy as it applies to advisory councils. So this is good news, for now.
Please stay tuned for further developments.
This Week's Seminar
A Rigorous Methodology for Developing Concept Inventories: An Example from the Thermal and Transport Sciences
Dr. Ruth Streveler
School of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Thu, Aug 30, 2012; 3:30-4:20pm; Armstrong Hall, B071
Welcome, Dr. Michael C. Loui
We're very pleased to welcome Dr. Michael C. Loui of the University of Illinois as a visiting scholar this year. A professor of electrical and computer engineering, as well as the Journal of Engineering Education's new editor, Dr. Loui has taken up (daytime) residence in ARMS 1339. You can find out about his sabbatical and research goals here.
The Year Ahead 2012-13
The overview of the year ahead presented at the ENE Research Seminar on August 23 by Dr. Radcliffe is available here. This version includes links to further reading. Many of the issues covered in this talk were covered in more detail over the summer in the "Year Ahead" series in the ENE Memo and are summarized in a retrospective.
- Aug 30 - ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30pm
- Sept 28 - Inaugural ENE First Year Friday (A celebration of FYE)
- Sept 27-29 - Alumni Weekend
- Sept 29 - Family Day (ENE Booth promoting FYE, MDE and IDES)
- Oct 12-14 - Homecoming Weekend (ENE Booth and i2i Learning Lab Tours)
- Oct 24/25 - PhD Open House
- Nov 1 - 2nd Annual ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium - "Where did I leave my chariot?"
- Nov 2 - Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: Research
National or Independence Days around the World
- Aug 27 – Moldova – National Day
- Aug 31 – Kyrgyzstan – National Day
- Aug 31 – Malaysia – National Day
- Aug 31 – Trinidad and Tobago – National Day
- Sept 1 – Slovakia – Constitution Day
- Sept 1 – Uzbekistan – National Day
- Sept 2 – Vietnam – National Day
If you know someone from any of these countries, wish them all the best for the celebrations of their national day.