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ENE Memo: February 10, 2014

From the Head: 2/10

Open House Ideas? 

As requested last week, please share YOUR ideas for our "Open House" on April 9 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ENE. 

Perhaps we could call it the ENE Bazaar; seems like a fitting metaphor given the variety of things we do. Maybe we could have a video like this to promote the event.

But to quote Andy Stanley, "I may be in charge but I don't always know what to do and I don't have all the answers."  I need your enthusiasm, your energy, your engagement, your active participation and your ideas if we are to show our collective pride in April.  

We only have two months to plan and pull this event together so time is of the essence.

Looking forward to hearing your ideas.



Calendar: 2/10

Spring 2014

  • Feb 10: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • Feb 11:  Faculty Candidate Research Seminar, ARMS 1028, 9:30-10:20am.
  • Feb 12: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 13: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm. 
  • Feb 19: Associate Professors meet with Head, ARMS 1314, 9:30-10:30am
  • Feb 19: Faculty Mentoring Conversation, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • Feb 19: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebrating 45 Years of  Interdisciplinary Engineering Education.
  • Feb 20: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Feb 26: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 27: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 3: Graduate Students meet with Head, TBD, 9:30-10:20am.
  • Mar 3: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • Mar 6: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 12: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 13: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 13: Science on Tap, Lafayette Brewing Company (upstairs), 6:00-7:00pm.
  • Mar 17-21: Spring Break
  • Mar 27: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 28: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1109 8:30-9:20am. 
  • Mar 31: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 2: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 3: ENE GSA Town Hall, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm. 
  • April 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Board meeting.
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE/ Open House and Research Exhibition
  • April 10: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 14: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 16: Faculty FYE Research Conversation, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 17: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 23: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 24: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • May 2: Classes End
  • May 7: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • May 14-15: ENE Advance, ARMS BO98, Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory, 9:30am-3:30pm.
  • May 17-18 Commencement

Summer 2014

  • June 12-13: Purdue, Engineering Education Futures: Hearing Global Perspectives
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures

Kudos: 2/10

Ruth Streveler begins a three-year term as an associate editor of Journal of Engineering Education. In this role, Ruth will coordinate the peer review of new manuscripts and receive revisions of manuscripts she previously handled.

Graduate student Mel Chua for her first quarterly column, Unstable Equilibrium, in ASEE's Prism.

News and Information: 2/10

Interview for ENE Faculty Positions

Over the past month we have hosted a series of individuals to interview for one of the open faculty positions. The final candidate is:

Get Involved in University Governance!

“The University Senate exercises powers and responsibilities delegated to the faculty by the Board of Trustees. The Senate serves as a legislative body (curricular matters [& calendars]) and advisory body (policy and procedures) to the administration and the trustees.”

Although senators discuss and vote on agenda items at regular Senate meetings on behalf of their constituents, the faculty, typically items are brought before them by the chairs of Senate Standing Committees (senators only).

However, it is from Faculty Committees (effectively subcommittees of standing committees) and individual faculty that many agenda items emanate. Hence, faculty involvement on a Faculty Committee is critical to senate function and it is vital that we have good representation from faculty across campus.

The University Senate Nominating Committee will select committee members for Faculty Committees in February for AY 2014-2015 appointments. Volunteers who are chosen will be notified by the end of the semester.

You do not need to sign up for any Faculty Committees you are currently on, unless your term expires in May and you wish to be re-elected.


  • Complete a sign-up by accessing the web-site below, click on “no” (indicating you are not a senator) and enter the faculty committee pages – log in your personal information.
  • “Next” takes you to the Faculty Committees’ page – select one or more committees you wish to serve on. You can add information for the Nominating Committee about a particular interest or expertise you have for a committee.
  • If a Faculty Committee is full, please allow us to suggest an alternative committee based on your credentials and additional interests.

·         By accessing Senate Standing Committees at the site below, you can determine the committee a particular Faculty Committee reports to. The number of people from your college/school and department are given so you can assess where there is the most need. The Nominating Committee populates each committee with as broad a representation as possible and, therefore, needs volunteers from each department.

         University Senators will be asked to sign up for Senate Standing Committees at a later date.


Recap of University Senate's Jan. 27 meeting

  • A moment of silence. David Williams, Senate chair, started the meeting with a moment of silence dedicated to Andrew Boldt, a senior in the College of Engineering who was killed Jan. 21 in a shooting on campus. Following the moment of silence, President Mitch Daniels reiterated the details of existing safety procedures on campus. He also detailed procedural questions that University officials will consider, including whether campus-wide emergency alerts can be sent faster and how to ensure that all faculty follow through with emergency procedures.
  • President's trip to Colombia. Daniels' remarks also addressed his recent trip to Colombia, where he signed six agreements with universities to foster research, exchange programs and supercomputer collaboration. Daniels also met with government officials, business leaders and other prominent figures during his time in Colombia. More on the president's trip.
  • The search for Purdue's next provost. Purdue continues to make progress in its search, Williams said, and applications will be accepted through Feb. 21. A short list of candidates is expected to be available by early March. On-campus visits will take place through mid-April. Williams invited all faculty and staff members to suggest provost candidates. Nominations should be directed to Timothy Zwier, search committee chair, at, or to search committee members. Nominations and comments also may be sent through a confidential email account at
  • A task force to examine moving to a year-round academic calendar. Williams also announced that he has formed a task force that will consider the possibility of moving the University to a year-round academic calendar. Andrew Hirsch, professor of physics and interim department head, will chair the committee. Check out this list of the committee's members and more information about its charge.
  • The possible creation of a new Senate standing committee. The Senate is considering creating a standing committee to handle matters related to equity and diversity. The matter will be discussed further at the Senate's February meeting, Williams said, and more details will be available then.
  • An update on the Student Growth Task Force. Hal Kirkwood, associate professor of library science, said the Student Growth Task Force and the Senate's Educational Policy Committee continue to work on a report that outlines how Purdue will measure student intellectual growth, among other things. The Educational Policy Committee was expected to discuss the matter at its regular meeting. Identifying actionable items to include in the report, including guiding principles for assessment and the creation of a faculty committee to clarify the assessment's framework, are among the goals. Kirkwood said he hopes to provide a further update at the Senate's February meeting.
  • Parking and Traffic Committee presentation. James McGlothlin, associate professor of health sciences and industrial technology, gave a presentation about the Parking and Traffic Committee's activities in 2012-13. Check out the summary of the presentation or the presentation itself.

Reminder: Library Office Hours: Every Monday 1:30-3:30pm in ARMS 1314 

As most of you know we have “librarian office hours” once a week to help you with ALL your information needs related to research or whatever. You can just drop in. With Amy van Epps away this semester, we have the services of Megan Sapp Nelson from the Engineering Library. 

If your research group needs to get up to speed on current tools and best approaches for planning, gathering, curating and generally managing your information she can help or even set up a workshop as part of the office hours.

Please be proactive in making the very best use of this partnership with the library.

Funding Opportunities: 2/10

Selected Funding Opportunities:

Purdue Center for Families Opportunities (Click to view 2014 Funding Opportunity CFF:  The Center for Families has announced its 2014 funding opportunities.  The center offers two faculty fellowships, two graduate fellowships, and two undergraduate internships, in addition to an Award of Excellence in Family Research to one outstanding faculty researcher.  Applications are due February 21.

NSF Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)  Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2014:

  1. Genomics-empowered plant research to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale;
  2. Development of tools and resources for plant genome research including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery;
  3. Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and,
  4. Advancing Basic Research in Economically Important Crop Plants (ABR-PG) to develop sequence resources that are critically needed to enable basic research resources in crop plants.

Proposals addressing these opportunities are welcomed at all scales, from single-investigator projects through multi-investigator, multi-institution projects, commensurate with the scope and scale of the work proposed.  Deadline: April 28

NIH Network and Infrastructure Support for Development of Interdisciplinary Aging Research (R24) The purpose of this FOA is to provide network and infrastructure support to foster development of novel interdisciplinary research approaches on aging research related to caloric restriction (CR) in humans. This FOA will support research networks that will advance interdisciplinary collaboration through activities such as meetings, conferences, data exchange, small scale pilots, short term training opportunities, visiting scholar programs and dissemination activities to encourage growth and development in the science related to CR in humans.  Deadline: May 28

DOE U.S. Wind Manufacturing: Taller Hub Heights to Access Higher Wind Resources and Lower Cost of Energy This FOA will support the development of technologies that mitigate U.S. transportation and logistics constraints affecting the deployment of taller utility‐scale wind turbine systems. Supported projects will develop lifecycle cost‐competitive tower solutions that address the challenges of fabricating, transporting, assembling, maintaining, and decommissioning towers for turbine hub heights of at least 120 m.  Concept papers due February 27; Full applications due April 14.

DOE Renewable Carbon Fibers The FOA seeks to develop a cost competitive pathway to produce high performance carbon fiber for vehicle lightweighting from renewable non-food biomass. The objective of the FOA is to identify and develop a cost-competitive technology pathway to high performance carbon fibers using biomass as a starting raw feedstock and biomass derived ACN as a target product. Concept papers due March 3; Full applications due April 11.

DOE Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) 2014 This FOA supports research and development of technologies and approaches that lead to primary energy reductions in buildings in the USA. Off‐roadmap topics (Incubators), together with roadmap‐driven topics (Frontiers) are offered. The Incubators topics are

  1. An open topic and
  2. One focused on sensors; the Frontiers topics address
  3. Energy‐efficient clothes dryers, and
  4. The opaque and visible building envelope.

Concept papers due March 6; Full applications due April 21.

DOE Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis DOE is seeking applications to address the overarching theme of uncertainty quantification and reduction, specifically through the development of Geothermal Play Fairways. A play fairway analysis defines levels of uncertainty with respect to the presence and utility of geothermal system elements, and translates them into maps to high grade the geographic area over which the most favorable combinations of heat, permeability, and fluid are thought to extend. Concept papers due February 21; Full applications due April 11.

DOE Microgrid Research, Development, and System Design (Click here to View DE-Foa-0000997 Microgrid: ) The purpose of this FOA is to solicit research and development and testing of advanced microgrid controllers that will allow communities in the United States to develop/design commercial-scale microgrid systems.  It is hoped that, ultimately, these efforts will facilitate communities’ deployment of microgrid systems that enhance reliability, sustainability, and economic value by allowing achievement of their specific objectives for energy resilience; and help meet the DOE targets.  Deadline: April 28

ED-IES Unsolicited Grant Opportunities The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) announces its willingness to consider unsolicited applications for research, evaluation, and statistics projects that would make significant contributions to the mission of the organization. Under this announcement, IES could consider two types of unsolicited applications. The first type includes projects that are not eligible under IES' current grant competitions.  The second type of unsolicited application includes research that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources to address time-sensitive research questions, where the window to obtain data and carry out a project is short and the project would not be feasible under IES' current grant competition timelines.  Deadline: March 4

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Program This competition enables HHMI to strengthen its community of basic researchers and physician scientists who bring innovative approaches to the study of biological problems through biomedical disciplines, including plant biology, as well as adjacent fields of evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. HHMI investigators are expected to be among the most creative and promising in the nation.  By employing scientists as investigators rather than awarding them grants for specific research projects, HHMI provides its researchers long-term, flexible funding that gives them the freedom to explore and, if necessary, change direction to follow their ideas to fruition.  Deadline: June 3

Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health Small Grants Program  This CDC/NIOSH-funded center at the University of Iowa is offering pilot funding to organizations engaged in agricultural safety and health activities.  Specifically, welcomed are

  1. Proposals from organizations with the ability to engage in outreach, education, and the transfer of research-based evidence to practical application for the purpose of preventing agricultural injury and illness or
  2. Basic and applied research projects addressing agricultural safety and health priority issues, needs, or gaps.

Deadline: March 10

Limited Submissions:

Letters of intent, preproposals, and rankings to the OVPR should be e-mailed to Purdue's open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and template for letters of intent may be found at For any case in which the number of internal letters of intent received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the OVPR will notify the PI that an internal preproposal will be unnecessary.

Limited Submission:  NSF Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) The goal of the SRN competition is to bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers, educators, managers, policymakers and other stakeholders to conduct collaborative research that addresses fundamental challenges in sustainability. The 2014 SRN competition will fund research networks with a focus on urban sustainability.  Proposals can encompass existing centers and networks, should be multi-institutional, and may include international partners.   For this competition, Purdue may submit three proposals as lead institution.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, February 10: Letters of Intent due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, March 3: Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, March 10: Preproposal rankings due to the OVPR.

Sponsor deadline: April 29

Limited Submission: HHS-CDC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (T42)  NIOSH is mandated to provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Education and Research Centers (ERCs) are one of the principal means for meeting this mandate. ERCs are academic institutions that provide interdisciplinary graduate training and continuing education in the core occupational safety and health areas of industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine residency, occupational safety, as well as other closely related occupational safety and health fields.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Funding Resources:

The OVPR 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. 


DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Solar Energy Manufacturing 2 Funding Announcement  It is anticipated that this

FOA will be posted in to EERE Exchange in February 2014.

REMINDER: OVPR Workshop: Working with Industry, Patents & Licensing, and Business Start-ups  The workshop will be held Tuesday, February 25th,  11:30 am – 1:00 pm, in STEW 202.  This workshop will discuss industry partnerships, technology transfer and business development. Geanie Umberger, assistant vice president for research, will discuss the unique concerns and considerations faculty face when working with industry partners as well as the resources in place at Purdue to help faculty develop these relationships.  Libby Hart-Wells, assistant vice president for research, associate director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, and director of the Office of Technology Commercialization, will present on patents, licensing and commercialization of technology, including business start-ups. Faculty will also receive an overview of Purdue’s resources related to business development and technology commercialization.  Lunch will be served so registration is required.  Please register before Thursday, Feb. 20th at the link above.

Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions.

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