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ENE Memo: December 7, 2015

From the Head: 12/07/2015

Talking careers

A year or so back, the College of Engineering initiated the Celebration of Faculty Careers Colloquium. This series is designed to recognize and celebrate the diverse accomplishments of our faculty past promotion to full professor; a post-tenure reflection rather than a post-tenure review. Basically senior faculty share career stories and their plans for the next phase of their career. A full set of presentations can be found here

I particularly recommend the talk by former Provost and acting Purdue President Tim Sands. He offers some excellent career advice on seeking out and listening to wise counsel, on being true to yourself when you interview for new positions and on being willing to stretch your boundaries to take on leadership roles. In reflecting on the various junctures, decision points, that reset the trajectory of his emergent career, Dr. Sands demonstrates refreshing self-awareness, honesty, openness and humility.  

In question time he offers some interesting insights about resilience as a unifying theme in the mission for land grant universities in this century and the strategic potential of integrating the humanities, arts and social sciences with the STEM disciplines to tackle grand challenges.

Loads of wisdom here for everyone at any stage of their career.


Kudos: 12/07/2015

to Cindey Hays on receiving the College of Engineering Staff Award for Excellence in Professional Achievement.

to Rick Womack and Lynn Hegewald for being recognized at the College of Engineering Staff Awards for Excellence banquet on Friday evening.

to Audeen Fentiman on receiving one of the six $150k Purdue Diversity Transformation Awards for a project entitled "Pathways to Increased Diversity for Graduate School and the Professorate".

News and Information: 12/07/2015

Call for nominations: Faculty Affairs Committee Alternative

This is notice of an election for an alternate for the college-level committee Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC).

Typically the alternate ENE representative to a committee is the nominee receiving the second-most votes in an election. However, during the election process for the ENE representative to the Faculty Affairs Committee that was held in Spring 2015, we had only a single nominee. Therefore we need to hold a separate election to elect an alternate to serve as our representative on this committee, particularly as our representative (me) will be on sabbatical for the Spring 2016 semester.

Nominations are invited (self or of others) to serve as FAC alternate for the 2015-18 term.  All voting tenure-track faculty with appointments in ENE are eligible to serve except the Head.  If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague, please let Cindey know by Monday December 14, 9am.

Once nominations are in, we will ask those who have been nominated by others if they would be willing to serve, and upon securing a confirmed list, we will start the next part of the election process. 

Nominations will be recorded on the Intranet at

You can find more details about the remainder of the process on the intranet at

Calendar: 12/07/2015

Fall 2015

Spring 2016 (please note faculty and related meetings are on Thursday mornings during this spring)

  • 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 24: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards
  • 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 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 22: 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: 12/07/2015

Selected Funding Opportunities:

L’Oréal USA for Women in Science Program: The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.  Deadline: February 5

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.

As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty.  Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions

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