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ENE Memo: December 8, 2014

From the Head: 12/8

Growing Authentic Leaders

The most significant impact of our relatively new school will be felt through the leaders we grow; those people we nurture and who go on to make a difference across a lifetime. Some will help shape ENE into the future. Some will have a transformational impact on the College and Purdue more broadly. Some will lead new programs or educational initiatives in organizations and institutions beyond Purdue and beyond the United States.

My hope is that these will be authentic leaders. This term comes from the 2003 book by Bill George, Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value. A subsequent HBR article Discovering Your Authentic Leadership (Feb 2007) outlines the key characteristics of authentic leaders based on interviews with 125 leaders. The following quotes point to the power of authentic leadership.

Authentic Leadership is about self-awareness in community.

First and most important, they frame their life stories in ways that allow them to see themselves not as passive observers of their lives but rather as individuals who can develop self-awareness from their experiences. Authentic leaders act on that awareness by practicing their values and principles, sometimes at substantial risk to themselves. They are careful to balance their motivations so that they are driven by these inner values as much as by a desire for external rewards or recognition. Authentic leaders also keep a strong support team around them, ensuring that they live integrated, grounded lives.

Authentic Leadership has its own rewards.

For authentic leaders, there are special rewards. No individual achievement can equal the pleasure of leading a group of people to achieve a worthy goal. When you cross the finish line together, all the pain and suffering you may have experienced quickly vanishes. It is replaced by a deep inner satisfaction that you have empowered others and thus made the world a better place. That’s the challenge and the fulfillment of authentic leadership.

The takeaway message is that if you aspire to be an authentic leader, the process begins with you. Fundamentally, leadership does not come from emulating the style or traits of great leaders from the past or studying leadership. It comes from becoming, and being YOU. Not all leaders are in leadership roles; a particular job title (even CEO) does not make you a leader. Many people lead from the ranks. We need more authentic leaders.

I encourage you to read the original article on authentic leadership.


Calendar: 12/8

Fall 2014

  • Dec. 10: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Dec. 11: ENE Research Seminar, ENE 590 Presentations, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Dec. 11: Special Celebration of Career of Phil Wankat - RESCHEDULED TO SPRING SEMESTER, date and time TBD
  • Dec. 15: 7th Annual YouTube Extravaganza, ARMS 1028, 9:00-10:00am
  • Dec. 21: Commencement

Spring 2015

  • Jan. 5: Faculty return
  • Jan. 12: Classes commence
  • Jan 16: Staff Meeting, TBD, 8:30-9:30am   
  • Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Day
  • Feb. 25: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards dinner, PMU, 6pm
  • March 16-20: Spring Break
  • April 8-15: Research Week: Celebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall, 4:30pm
  • April 7: ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm   
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD  
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)

News and Information: 12/8

Welcome Dianne Bell

Please welcome Dianne Bell to the ENE community. She is the new Administrative Assistant for the First-Year Engineering Program. Dianne is located in the FYE OpsCenter by the Ideas-to-Innovation Learning Laboratory.

nanoHUB cited in White House report

Purdue University's nanoHUB was cited on Dec. 4, 2014 in a new White House report for the Materials Genome Initiative. Several ENE faculty members have been involved with nanoHub, such as Heidi Diefes-Dux, Krishna Madhavan and Bill Oakes, and they are helping shape this important national collaboration. Monica Cardella and the INSPIRE faculty and researchers are joining the effort.

Safety Committee

The most recent meeting minutes of the Safety Committee are available. One of the Departmental Action Items from the 2014 REM Recertification is for everyone to review the biweekly meeting minutes.

Panitch named vice provost for faculty affairs

Alyssa Panitch, the Leslie A. Geddes Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been named vice provost for faculty affairs, effective Jan. 1. In her new role, Panitch will provide strategic direction for a wide array of faculty-focused initiatives, including recruitment, retention, resource allocation and faculty development. She also will oversee faculty hiring initiatives and faculty success and retention efforts, and she will be responsible for faculty policies, including grievances, conflict of interest and commitment, and promotion and tenure. Panitch will report directly to Deba Dutta, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Kudos: 12/8 Krishna Madhavan on receiving a grant from Boeing for a project entitled “Boeing AeroSPACE: Analysis and Visualization of Engineering Course Clickstream, Social Networking, and Collaboration Among Students.” The award was based on results from Krishna's NSF CAREER award that Boeing wants to leverage in a lot of predictive analyses and for customizing information flow among various Boeing systems. DeLean Tolbert for passing her preliminary defense.

Funding Opportunities: 12/8

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Research Coordination Networks (RCN)  The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics.  Deadline: March 2

NSF Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) This program aims to advance interdisciplinary research in which the science and engineering of sustainability are enabled by new advances in computing, and in which computational innovation is grounded in the context of sustainability problems. CyberSEES supports research on topics that depend on advances in computational areas including optimization, modeling, simulation, prediction and inference; large-scale data management and analytics; advanced sensing techniques; human computer interaction and social computing; infrastructure design, control and management; and intelligent systems and decision-making. Deadline: February 24

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – Additional Target Date for Proposals for the SciSIP Program The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. Research funded by the program thus develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process.  Deadline: February 9

NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Research Education The over-arching goal of these BD2K R25 FOAs is to complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, these FOAs will focus on Curriculum or Methods Development.

  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Data Management for Biomedical Big Data (R25)  Deadline: March 17
  • Open Educational Resources for Sharing, Annotating and Curating Biomedical Big Data (R25)  Deadline: March 17

NIH Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21)  The purpose of this FOA is to enhance the diversity of the NCI-funded research workforce by supporting and recruiting eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences workforce. This funding opportunity will also provide a bridge to investigators that have completed their research training and may need extra time to develop a larger research project grant application. Deadline: June 22

NIH Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research (K01)   This FOA invites applications to enhance the pool of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in research. It is targeted toward individuals whose basic, clinical, and translational research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases and sleep disorders in the general and health disparities populations. Deadline: February 18

DOD-ONR Research Opportunity: Naval Platform Power and Energy This opportunity is launched under the current FY15 Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology (ONRBAA15-001). ONR is interested in receiving proposals describing novel scientific research topics that are compelling for future Naval Platform Power and Energy needs. White papers due December 22; Full proposals due February 16.

DOE Exploratory Research for Extreme-Scale Science (EXPRESS)  The purpose of this FOA is to invite exploratory basic research applications with the potential to deliver significantly advanced or improved science capabilities in light of emerging and disruptive technology changes. This EXPRESS FOA aims to stimulate early investigations of potentially high-impact approaches for extreme-scale science research across Advanced Scientific Computing Research basic research subprograms. The EXPRESS FOA focuses on topic areas related to exascale computing or data-intensive science. Pre-application due January 15; Invited application due March 19

NEH Public Scholar Program The Public Scholar program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. The Public Scholar program aims to encourage scholarship that will be of broad interest and have lasting impact. Such scholarship might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship. They must address significant humanities themes likely to be of broad interest and must be written in a readily accessible style. Deadline: March 3

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes  These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks. Prospective applicants are now encouraged to submit to program staff an optional preliminary sketch of their proposals. Preliminary sketch due December 15; Application due February 24.

World Wood Day Foundation Research Grants  WWDF invites applications from scholars and graduate students that focus on "wood and culture." Both ongoing projects and new initiatives are encouraged to apply. By carrying out its missions, the WWDF supports interdisciplinary and integral investigation for exploring how wood has played a prominent role in human life. "Wood and culture" is a broad and encompassing theme that encourages a wide range of academic research. Deadline: February 15

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: NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative supports a coherent set of investments to address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The IUSE: GEOPATHS program invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to undergraduate education within the geosciences community. The primary goal of the IUSE: GEOPATHS funding opportunity is to increase the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees in geoscience through the design and testing of novel approaches for engaging students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. The IUSE: GEOPATHS solicitation features two funding Tracks: (1) Engaging students in the geosciences through extra-curricular experiences and training activities (GEOPATHS-EXTRA), and (2) Improving pathways into the geosciences through institutional collaborations and transfer (GEOPATHS-IMPACT).  For this opportunity, Purdue may serve as the lead institution on only one proposed project, but may serve as the non-lead institution of a collaborative project more than once per competition.

  • Internal deadline: Contact by Monday, December 8.
  • Sponsor deadlines:  January 5 – LOI; March 16 – 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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