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ENE Memo: December 21, 2015

From the Head: 12/21/2015

Thank You

I want to thank all the members of the ENE team for the many ways you have furthered our mission of transforming engineering education based on scholarship and research during this semester and have embodied our core value of putting students first.

I hope each of you is able to spend some time with family and friends over the Purdue recess as well as rest and recharge ahead of the New Year.

Please take care over the break, especially if you are travelling.


Kudos: 12/21/2015 Morgan Hynes on being selected by Purdue's Office of Engagement as a 2016 Scholarship of Engagement Fellow. Sergey Dubikovsky on successfully passing his Preliminary Examination, that is defending his dissertation proposal entitled, Students’ perceptions of a problem-based design experience and their strategies developed to tolerate ambiguity. Amy Van Epps on successfully defending her dissertation proposal entitled, A Case Study of Information Literacy in a Design Project. Wendy Hynes, Morgan Hynes, and Avneet Hira for their recent publication in the latest issue of Educational Facility Planner, "Applying the Makerspace Model to the K-12 Classroom."   Hynes, W., Hynes, M., Hira, A. (2015). Applying the Makerspace Model to the K-12 Classroom. Educational Facility Planner, 49(1), 35-38. 

News and Information: 12/21/2015

Pre-Award & Sponsored Program Services – Holiday Closure Announcement

All Sponsored Program Services offices will be closed from December 24 through January 3, 2016. Please notify us immediately if you anticipate any proposal activity, contract deadlines, special billing needs, or other sponsored programs activity that require processing before calendar year end. Please plan accordingly, recognizing that December 23rd will be our last day in the office this year.

Additional information and holiday contact information can be found at:

Happy holidays! We look forward to working with you in 2016.

Graduate Certificate in Engineering Education

Our Graduate Certificate in Engineering Education is now officially on the books, having passed the final hurdle in the approval process at the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.

Calendar: 12/21/2015

Fall 2015

Spring 2016 

  • Jan 4: Faculty return
  • Jan 11: Classes begin
  • Jan 15: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 28: Assistant Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 4: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 11: Associate Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 18: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 25: Faculty Meeting 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 10: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 14/19: Spring Break
  • March 25: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, Wang 3501  
  • March 31: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 11/12: ENE Industrial Advisory Council  
  • April 14: Faculty Career Colloquium (Dr. Radcliffe), 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 20: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards (note change of date)
  • April 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 30: Classes end
  • May 5: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • May 10: Grades Due
  • May 11/12: ENE Strategic Advance
  • May 13: Engineering Commencement, 8pm, Elliot Hall of Music

Summer 2016

  • June 26-29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • Aug 13-15: 3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago

Funding Opportunities: 12/21/2015

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF/NASA/NIH/USDA/DoD/DOE National Robotics Initiative (NRI): The realization of co-robots acting in direct support of individuals and groups  The purpose of this program is to support the development of the next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire lifecycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment. Deadline: March 7

NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Fluid Dynamics Research on the International Space Station to Benefit Life on Earth The Division of CBET in the Engineering Directorate of the NSF is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general field of fluid dynamics that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. NSF awards under this solicitation will provide PIs with support to conduct fundamental and translational research to prepare experiments for onboard the ISS, to collaborate with service providers as necessary, to provide preliminary analysis to conduct the experiment, to analyze and interpret data, and to disseminate results broadly. CASIS will assist grantees in translating ground-based experiments and commercial off-the-shelf instruments or technologies into space-appropriate models. Deadline: March 7

NSF Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) The CRISP solicitation seeks to fund projects likely to produce new knowledge that can contribute to making interdependent critical infrastructure services more effective, efficient, dependable, adaptable, resilient, safe, and secure, taking into account the human systems in which they are embedded. Successful proposals are expected to study multiple infrastructures focusing on them as interdependent systems that deliver services, enabling a new interdisciplinary paradigm in infrastructure research. Deadline: March 9

DOD-DARPA Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals to develop technologies for detecting and recovering from cyber-attacks on US critical infrastructure. DARPA is interested specifically in early attack detection, network isolation and threat characterization in response to a widespread and persistent cyber-attack on the power grid and its dependent systems. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Deadline: February 11

DOE Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2016  The Emerging Technologies Program of the Building Technologies Office supports applied R&D for technologies and systems that contribute to reductions in building energy consumption. This FOA combines early-stage topics (Innovations) with later-stage, roadmap-driven topics (Frontiers) that complement the core funding provided by the program. Because of their different focuses (Innovations: early-stage; Frontier: later-stage, roadmap-driven), this FOA is divided into two sections; an Innovations and a Frontiers section with an additional optional Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) supplement. Concept papers due January 29; Full applications due April 18.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes These grants support the creation of professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university faculty. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as one week or as long as four weeks. Deadline: February 25

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: Feminist Review Trust The Feminist Review Trust supports projects that help transform the lives of women. The primary focus areas for 2015 international applications include:  violence again women; disabled women and girls; and women, sustainability and climate change.  For this call, Purdue is limited to one application.

Limited Submission: NIH Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers 2016 (U54) This FOA invites applications for research center cooperative agreements designed to advance the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This FOA seeks applications from institutions that meet the qualifications for a multi-disciplinary program of IDD research that will include: 1) Cores that facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research in IDD, and support IDD-related projects funded by other sources; and 2) at least one specific research project related to one of five focus themes identified as an area of research need in IDD. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application. 

Limited Submission: NEA Art Works  "Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. NEA wants to achieve the following four outcomes through the projects supported: Creation – the  creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; Engagement – public engagement with diverse and excellent art; Learning – lifelong learning in the arts; and Livability – the strengthening of communities through the arts.  The program offers funding in the following disciplines: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literature, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater & Musical Theater, and Visual Arts. Purdue may only submit one Art Works proposal over all disciplines. This excludes the Media Arts discipline which allows more than one application and the Creativity Connects project (see below).

  • Internal Deadline: Contact by January 6th stating to which program you would like to apply.
  • Sponsor Deadline: February 18 or July 14 based on discipline

Limited Submission: Art Works: Creativity Connects Projects  Creativity Connects is an initiative that will show how the arts are central to the country’s creativity ecosystem, investigate how support systems for the arts have changed, explore how the arts connect with other industries, and invest in innovative projects to spark new ideas for the arts field. A key component to the Creativity Connects initiative is a pilot grant opportunity to support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors that include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

Anticipated Funding Opportunities:

These solicitations are anticipated to be released soon based on the timing of previous solicitations for the program or notices of intent to publish. We are posting this information to help with proposal planning efforts but please keep in mind that the release dates and/or scope of a solicitation can change from year-to-year so be sure to read the solicitation carefully once it is released.

DOD-AFRL Notice of Intent: Manufacturing Innovation Institute  The purpose of this Notice is to announce the Department of Defense’s intent to gather information from industry regarding possible seventh and eighth Manufacturing Innovation Institutes to be established by DOD. The technical focus areas for these Institutes will be determined following input from industry, government, academia, trade associations and other stakeholders. A Request for Information is anticipated to be released in early January 2016.


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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