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ENE Memo: February 16, 2015

From the Head: 2/16

Thank You

I want to thank everyone for helping to make the move to the ENE Research facility in Wang Hall last week as smooth as it was. In spite of the inevitable hiccups and things that were not quite ready, which are an integral part of any move, the transition went really well. (They will get the fobs to work eventually!)

As many have observed, this is an amazing place. As we become more familiar with its features and affordances and grow into it, my hope is that the space will catalyze new and exciting research activities and collaborations that we cannot even imagine in these first days.

Thank you for your patience and forbearance throughout. We still have a few weeks of transition ahead as various parts of the facility are finally completed and some equipment is installed.

We are off to a great start!


Calendar: 2/16

Spring 2015

  • Feb. 18: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb. 19: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Feb. 23: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Feb. 25: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb. 25: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner, PMU, 6pm
  • Feb. 26: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 4: Graduate Students meet Head, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • March 5: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • March 11: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • March 12: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 16: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • March 16-20: Spring Break
  • March 23: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • March 26: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 27: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1028, 9:30-11:20am
  • March 30: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 1: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 2: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 6: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 8-14: Research WeekCelebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall
  • April 9: Research Seminar, Wang Hall/TBD, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 9: College of Engineering Advisory Council dinner, Wang Hall, TBD
  • April 13: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 13/14:ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD  
  • April 16: ENE GSA Town Hall, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 20: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 23: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 27: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 30: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 4: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • May 6: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 13-14: ENE Strategic Advance, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)

News and Information: 2/16

Safety Committee

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

ENE Seminar

This Thursday's seminar features Dr. Barrett Caldwell, professor in the schools of Industrial Engineering and Aeronautics & Astronautics, and director of the NASA-funded Indiana Space Grant Consortium, promoting STEM education throughout Indiana. His presentation is "Playing Around: Applying Computer Game Dynamics to Modeling Expertise Development and Knowledge Coordination."

Spam email

A wave of ongoing emails from email addresses to other individuals at Purdue — and including a .zip attachment file — last week was a “phishing” scam designed to spread the infected file, among other things. Purdue takes a variety of steps to flag, warn users about and block scam emails. But because of the large number and changing nature of phishing scams, it is always possible that some suspicious messages may be delivered before they’re identified as harmful.

Purdue’s interim chief information security officer, suggests that individuals ask themselves the following questions when browsing their inbox:

  • Does the message contain suspicious attachments? Opening attachments can cause automatic malware downloads or lead to compromised personal information, as with the recent "Your document" emails. High-risk attachment file types include: .zip, .exe, .scr., .com, and .bat. Any time you receive an attachment you don’t expect, it should be considered suspicious.
  • Is the email asking you to take immediate action? Hackers want you to respond without thinking. Phishing emails might even claim a response is required within a short time frame because your account has been compromised. Watch out for language directing you to download and open an attachment, update an account, visit a website, or provide personal information.
  • Is the sender requesting personal information? Providing personal information (passwords, Social Security numbers, account numbers, and so on) through email or by phone in response to an unsolicited request is always a bad idea.
  • Does the message contain general salutations and signatures? Most phishing attempts begin with generic phrases like "Greetings valued customer," or "Dear account user." Legitimate senders generally include the intended recipient’s name in correspondence. Another indication of a phishing attempt is a general signature at the end of the message, such as "Purdue Messaging Group."
  • Are the URLs legitimate? Emails containing Web links should always be questioned. One way to verify a link’s legitimacy is to hover your mouse cursor over embedded links and make sure the link uses encryption (https://). Also, if the link in the text isn’t identical to the Web address displayed when you hover the cursor over the link, that’s a sure sign it’s taking you somewhere you don’t want to go. Another best practice: open a new browser window and visit a site directly by pasting in its Web address, or URL, rather than simply clicking the link in an email and going wherever it takes you.
  • Is the email making promises that seem too good to be true? Then they probably are. Any message offering to put money in your bank account with a single click is a scam.
  • Are there misspellings or typos? Grammar and spelling mistakes are red flag.

Kudos: 2/16 Matt Ohland for stepping up at very short notice to take on an important and very challenging assignment from the Provost's Office. This is also another example of how ENE is called upon disproportionately to our size to contribute critical expertise to decisions in Purdue. Ming-Chien Hsu on the successful defense of her dissertation Undergraduate Engineering Students' Experiences of Interdisciplinary Learning: A Phenomenographic Perspective.

Funding Opportunities: 2/16

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF/DHS/DOT/NASA/NIH Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. The program aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education in CPS and to transitioning CPS science and technology into engineering practice. Three classes of research and education projects -- differing in scope and goals -- will be considered through this solicitation: Breakthrough, Synergy, and Frontier. Deadline: May 4

HHS-AHRQ Patient Safety Learning Laboratories: Innovative Design and Development to Improve Healthcare Delivery Systems (P30) This P30 FOA calls for the creation and utilization of Patient Safety Learning Laboratories. These learning laboratories are places and professional networks where closely related threats to patient safety can be identified, where multidisciplinary teams generate new ways of thinking with respect to the threats, and where environments are established conducive to brainstorming and rapid prototyping techniques that stimulate further thinking. Deadline: April 27

USDA-NIFA Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program  The HEC Grants Program is focused on improving formal, baccalaureate or master’s degree level food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences education and first professional degree-level education in veterinary medicine (DVM). Deadline: March 19

USDA-NIFA Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom (SPECA) Challenge Grants Program  The SPECA Challenge Grants Program is a NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, K-14 food, agricultural, natural resource, and human sciences education. Deadline: March 13

North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Professional Development Grant Program  NCR-SARE’s Professional Development Program provides funds for professional development projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals and educators in the Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, other governmental agencies, and educators in the profit and non-profit sector serving farmers and ranchers. Applicants are educators who often represent, but are not limited to, Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and non-profit groups.  Deadline: April 2

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 Research Traineeship (NRT) Program This program replaced the former IGERT funding mechanism.  The NRT program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks this year – Traineeship Track and Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, aligned with changing workforce and research needs, and scalable. The IGE Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption.  For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, museums, and academic partners are encouraged. NRT Traineeship Track awards are expected to be up to five years in duration with a budget of up to $3,000,000.  IGE Track awards are expected to be up to 2-3 years in duration with a budget between $300,000 and $500,000.  For this competition, Purdue may submit up to three proposals– two for the Traineeship Track and one for the IGE Track.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, February 23: Preproposals due to the EVPRP (see attached template)
  • Monday, March 2: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadlines:  March 25 – LOI (recommended); May 6 – Full proposal.

Limited Submission: Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites) The NSF seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. In order to contribute to a national innovation ecosystem, NSF established the I-Corps Sites Program. Sites are funded at academic institutions, having already existing innovation or entrepreneurial units, to enable them to: nurture students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace; and to develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors. The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace. For this opportunity, Purdue is limited to one application.

Internal deadlines:  Contact by February 16.

Sponsor deadlines: Concept papers due March 5; Full applications due April 27.

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.


Registration open for NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

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

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