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ENE Memo: February 1, 2016

From the Head: 02/01/2016

Understanding the Student Experience 

Lately there has been a lot of attention on the so-called "Big-Six" college student experiences that contribute most to life preparedness and longer term graduate satisfaction. These findings of the Gallup-Purdue Index are shaping Purdue policies. Of course these recent survey findings are no surprise as the established educational research literature on what matters to student success has long pointed to these and other critical factors that make for a satisfying college experience and subsequent life success, broadly defined. There is also considerable attention being placed on "time to degree", affordability and value for money.      

In the light of these current concerns around the student experience, it is interesting to reflect on much earlier studies conduced by faculty and staff in our precursor, the Department of Freshman Engineering.      

The engineering bulletin, "A Study of the Purdue University Engineering Graduate", issued in January 1960, was prepared in collaboration with William K. LeBold, Edward C. Thoma, and John W. Gillis. It was a part of the Hawkins' effort to gain a comprehensive view of the whole scene, and its specific purpose was to learn everything that could be learned about the Purdue engineering graduate where he came from, how long he studied at Purdue, where he went, what he did, what he thought an ideal curriculum would be, what courses were important, how much money he made ....

Such was the scope of the bulletin that no attempt can be made here to present even the major findings, but one fact disclosed shouts loudly for inclusion. Though some of the staff might be feeling remorseful over past deficiencies and might be striving by might and main to make amends, the damage was not so great as they seemed to feel. By and large, the engineering graduates were not complaining about really vital matters. Eighty-six per cent were satisfied with their careers after graduation, 90 per cent with their choice of engineering as their undergraduate course of instruction, and 94 per cent with their choice of Purdue as an engineering school. Given the diversity of human nature and the vagaries of human experience, it is hard to imagine how these figures could have been higher.

While the language used and the framing of the questions may have changed, the essential idea of better understanding the student experience as a basis for continuously improving engineering programs remains at the core of the research we undertake in ENE today. We are part of long standing tradition of inquiry that transcends whatever educational fads and policy fixations tend to dominate the narrative of the particular time in which we live and work.   


Kudos: 02/01/2016 Krishna Madhavan and Michael C. Richey on the Guest Editorial, Problems in Big Data Analytics in Learning, published in the Journal of Engineering Education, Volume 105, Number 1, pp 6-14

News and Information: 02/01/2016

Engagement Awards

The Office of Engagement is seeking nominations for the Faculty Engagement Scholar Award, Corps of Engagement Award, Faculty Engagement Fellow Award, Staff Engagement Award, and the Christian J. Foster Award. Nominations are due by Feb. 26. Details about the awards, including purpose, criteria and the general guidelines, are available here


Human Resources, in partnership with APSAC and CSSAC, has designed a new career development tool for Purdue supervisors and staff. The tool is called DevelopMe and is designed to help supervisors and staff create personalized career strategies. Supervisors and staff members interested in piloting DevelopMe are invited to learn more about the tool and register to participate. The tool will launch officially in May.

Questions concerning DevelopMe can be addressed to Adedayo Adeniyi, director of leadership and organizational development,   

Professional Development Grants

APSAC is now accepting applications for its individual professional development grants. Examples of funded grant applications include but are not limited to professional education or certification; attendance at lectures, conferences and seminars; or tuition assistance for academic classes. The maximum award amount is $750.  Applications for spring grants will be considered for activities occurring from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016.

The application process will be completed online, and the deadline is 11:59 p.m. March 1for this grant period. More information and a link to the online application are available at

Questions may be directed to the Professional Development Subcommittee at

Calendar: 02/01/2016

Spring 2016 

  • Feb 4: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 4: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:30pm, ARMS BO71 (Weekly)
  • 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

Fall 2016

  • Aug 15: Faculty return  
  • Aug 22: Classes begin

Funding Opportunities: 02/01/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) PAESMEM recognizes individuals for their mentoring of persons from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Nominations for the PAESMEM award may be submitted by any individual U.S. citizen or permanent resident or affiliated organization conducting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM or STEM-related) mentoring activities in formal and/or informal settings. Deadline: June 17

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: CPS EAGERs Supporting Participation in the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) With this DCL, NSF is announcing its intention to fund EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to support NSF researchers participating in the NIST GCTC, with the goal of pursuing novel research on the effective integration of networked computing systems and physical devices that will have significant impact in meeting the challenges of Smart and Connected Communities. Researchers must be members of, or be seeking to establish, GCTC teams that build upon the results of previous or active NSF-funded projects, and must provide evidence of active team membership and participation as part of the submission.  Deadline: April 1

DoD-DARPA Neural Engineering System Design  DARPA seeks proposals to design, build, demonstrate, and validate a neural interface system capable of recording from more than one million neurons and stimulating more than one hundred thousand neurons in proposer-defined regions of the human sensory cortex (e.g., visual cortex or auditory cortex). The complete system must demonstrate high-precision detection, transduction, and encoding of neural activity. To familiarize potential participants with the technical objectives of NESD, DARPA will host a Proposers Day meeting that runs Tuesday and Wednesday, February 2-3, 2016, in Arlington, Va. The Special Notice announcing the Proposers Day meeting is available here.  Abstracts due February 25; Full proposals due April 14.

DOE FY2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement  This FOA supports a broad portfolio of advanced highway transportation technologies that reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emission, while meeting or exceeding vehicle performance and cost expectations. Projects will focus on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near-and-long-term vehicle technologies.  Deadlines:  February 18 – Concept Paper; March 28 – Full Application

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 Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI)  The objective of the CICI program is to develop and deploy security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. This solicitation seeks unique ways to protect scientific instruments, resources, cyberinfrastructure and data that extend beyond building better perimeters and point solutions.  CICI consists of two program areas:  1)  Secure and Resilient Architecture - encourages novel and trustworthy architectural and design approaches, models and frameworks for the creation of a holistic, integrated security environment that spans the entire CI ecosystem; and 2)  Regional Cybersecurity Collaboration - seeks to build regional centers for security community building through leadership and outreach activities at institutions and consortia whose expertise and resources in security can be leveraged and applied to other local and regional institutions.  For this opportunity, Purdue can submit up to two proposals.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, February 8: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, February 15: Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor Deadline: April 19

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.


EVPRP Workshop: How to Work with Industry and Evaluating Contracting Options This workshop, which will focus on industry partnerships and the contracting process, is scheduled for February 18, 2016 from 11:30AM-1:00PM, in Stewart Center, room 279.  The workshop 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. It will also provide details on the industrial contracting process, how agreements are negotiated, and the flexible IP options that are available when working with industry. Lunch will be served so registration is required at the link above.  The deadline for registration is Monday, February 15.

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

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