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ENE Memo: February 13, 2012

From the Head: 2/13

Imaginative Individuals, Creative Careers

The tagline for the College of Engineering Strategic Plan is Extraordinary People, Global Impact. Focusing that sentiment at an individual level, I would characterize our graduates as Imaginative Individuals who craft Creative Careers. The bulk of these graduates come from the Interdisciplinary Engineering programs over the past 40-plus years, but increasingly it includes our PhDs in engineering education.

Last week on a visit to Silicon Valley I meet with a number of Purdue alums, including several IDE graduates who have had very successful, if somewhat unpredictable, careers. All have been involved in start-up companies around innovative ideas and have had careers that have been global in scope and impact. In one way or another they have each been boundary agents creating opportunities at the intersection of conventional knowledge domains. This is what ENE is all about; we have many boundary agents.

The speaker at the Purdue Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday spoke about imagination, creativity and innovation. Madonna Cornelissen, who is Director of Early Stage Process Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering at Corning, encouraged us not to just be imaginative, creative and innovative in the technical work we do as engineers but also to apply this way of thinking to the pursuit of our careers. It is not easy to see what opportunities will present themselves unexpectedly or where these might take us. The key is to be open to new ideas and new directions and to follow our passions and to take (calculated) risks and back ourselves to make a positive difference to the world by continuously learning.

All the IDE alums I met have done this. Probably none of them could have predicted when they were at Purdue where they would end up or what adventures they would have had along the way; similarly with the early stage careers of many of our PhD graduates. I am sure that when Mark Carnes joined us after many years in industry, he could not have predicted the path leading to his current job.

Next week we proudly celebrate the achievements of another two of our Outstanding Alumni, Leslie Bottorff and Rick Kosdrosky. Our tradition of Imaginative Individuals, Creative Careers continues.

In closing, returning to the theme of imagination, creativity and innovation, I recommend the video A Day Made of Glass, created by Corning and featured at the SWE Banquet yesterday. Enjoy.


News and Information: 2/13

Congratulations to ROBIN ADAMS on Receiving the College of Engineering Leadership Excellence Award for 2012

The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in faculty leadership that promotes a culture of improving the climate and environment for other faculty, staff, and students and that values and promotes diversity and inclusiveness in the College of Engineering. The selection criteria are (1) efforts to improve cultural and gender diversity and inclusion in the College of Engineering, the university community, and/or society and (2) the ability to develop a climate of mutual support, respect, recognition, and continuous improvement that ensures the success of all individuals throughout every aspect of the university experience

Her award will be presented at the Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence banquet on March 30 (Spurgeon Room, Mackey Arena, 6:30pm).

Congratulations to JIABIN (EMILY) ZHU

Emily has received a highly competitive Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship Award, which provides support to outstanding PhD candidates in their final year of writing their dissertation. This is recognition and reward for her hard work, high research productivity and her other contributions to the community. Well done!


The Outstanding Alumni AwardOn Wednesday, February 22, ENE will welcome to campus two IDE alumni who have been named recipients of this year's Outstanding Alumni Awards: Leslie Bottorff and Rick Kosdrosky. Bottorff (Biomedical Engineering, '79) is a general partner with ONSET VENTURES, which invests in early-stage medical technology companies. Kosdrosky (Computer Engineering, '76) is program manager, special projects, for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program, as well as a member of our Industrial Advisory Council.

As part of this day of celebration, ENE staff, faculty and students are invited to hear the awardees reflect on their time at Purdue and how this impacted their subsequent careers. This will take place 10:30-11:30am in the Dunville Room in the Dean's Suite on Feb 22.


There will be a Jewelry Making Party Saturday 2/25 at 6:00 PM at Robin's. All are welcome to come, even if they aren't inclined to make some jewelry. This will be a potluck event and you can bring a yummy dish, something to "drink" or even contribute some supplies! Hope to see you all there! For more details please contact Brianna Dorie at

The ENEGSA is now hosting a t-shirt design contest TODAY through February 29, 2012. Be sure to create your designs in the interface and have your designs submitted on time. Voting for this contest will place from March 1-7 and the winner of the contest will win a free t-shirt. Please see Justin Hess at for details.

Be sure to review the ENEGSA constitution through Qualtrics by Sunday, February 26. The ENEGSA Constitution is ONLY a 4 page document and should not take much of your time. Your input will make a huge difference in your experience and in the experiences of future ENE students. 

Remember we now have our very own ENEGSA (that is, an all ENE student) web page at the following URL: If you have any questions about or recommendations for the web page please contact Mel Chua at

We will also be featuring ENE students of the month. A link is available through the ENEGSA web page or via the following URL: For any questions please contact Julia Thompson at

Lastly, remember the e-mail that Corey sent from the senate? One PDF of particular importance reads, “The Graduate Student Excellence Award that recognizes outstanding scholarship and professionalism by Graduate Students at Purdue University. The award will be given to one Master’s student and to one Ph.D. student who exemplify excellence in the three missions of Purdue University: Discovery, Engagement, and Learning. This award is sponsored by the Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSG) and is awarded by the Academic and Professional Development Committee. Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2012 to April 2, 2012.” Be sure to nominate any deserving colleagues that you know of!

For any general questions or concerns please contact the ENEGSA at

"What Engineers Do: Framing Engineering Practice"
Dr. Bill Williams, Polytechnic Institute of Setubal (Portugal)
2/16/12 • 3:30pm • Forney Hall, G124

Independence and National Days around the World

  • Feb 15 – Serbia - National Day
  • Feb 16 – Lithuania - Independence Day
  • Feb 17 – Kosovo - Independence Day
  • Feb 18 – Gambia – National Day

Calendar: 2/13

Spring 2012

Kudos: 2/13 Robin Adams on being chosen to receive the College of Engineering Faculty Leadership Award. See story in News and Information section Jiabin (Emily) Zhu on receiving a highly competitive Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship Award. See story in News and Information section.

... to Kerry Meyers, Matt Ohland and Stephen Sillman for publication of the paper “How Self-Identification and Views of Engineering Change with Time: A Study of Students and Professionals” published in the International Journal of Engineering Education Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 103–112, 2012

... to Brent Jesiek, Y. Shen and Y. Haller for publication of the paper entitled "Cross-Cultural Competence: A Comparative Assessment of Engineering Students, in the International Journal of Engineering Education Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 144–155, 2012 Euan Lindsay and Phil Wankat for the publication of the paper entitled “Going the Way of the Slide Rule: Can Remote Laboratories Fungibly Replace the In-Person Experience?” in the International Journal of Engineering Education Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 192–201, 2012 

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