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ENE Memo: February 17, 2014

From the Head: 2/17

Outstanding Alumni Awards: Wed Feb 19

This week, Engineers Week, we celebrate one of our outstanding alumni, Rex Carter, who is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Hitachi Data Systems.

He graduated from the Interdisciplinary Engineering program in 1974 with a concentration in Urban Systems and Transportation. From there he crafted a long career in information technology with experience in supply chain, strategic planning, lean enterprise and customer service. He joined Hitachi Data Systems in September 2006.

Before coming to Hitachi Data Systems, Mr. Carter served as Senior Vice President, Operations and Systems at Tennant Company, a global sales and manufacturing company. His duties at Tennant included information technology, supply chain, quality, customer service and China sales and operations. Prior to Tennant, Carter was Senior Vice President, Systems and Development at 

He also served as Senior Vice President and CIO at Carlson Companies, the global travel, hospitality and marketing services company. Before that, Carter worked for EDS and was an information technology executive with Continental Airlines Holdings. He began his professional career as a management consultant with Booz, Allen and Hamilton.

There is a luncheon from 11:30am-1:00pm where you can meet him and hear his story. In the evening, there is the awards dinner at which we will also recognize this generation of students from the multidisciplinary engineering program (the successor of the IDE degree).

This is our opportunity, as part of the ENE 10 year celebrations, to recognize the 45 years of achievement of the innovative interdisciplinary, now multidisciplinary, engineering degree. It reminds me that in many ways ENE is the School of Interdisciplinary Engineering Education. We come from many disciplinary backgrounds and we work at the intersection of engineering and the social sciences focused on the moving engineering and the education of engineers to a better place.


Calendar: 2/17

  • Feb 17: ENE Publishing Discussion with Lunch, ARMS 1314, 11:30-1pm. 
  • Feb 19: Associate Professors meet with Head, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-10:30am.
  • Feb 19: Faculty Mentoring Conversation, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 10:30-11:20am.
  • Feb 19: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Luncheon, ARMS 3041 Dunville Room, 11:30-1:30pm.
  • Feb 19: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner, PMU, 6:30pm.
  • 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 4: 12th Annual Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence banquet, Four Points by Sheraton, 6:30pm.
  • 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 13: Global Perspectives on Engineering Education, ARMS BO98 
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS BO98 
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS BO98.

Kudos: 2/17

Monica Cox for receiving the 2014 College of Engineering Faculty Award of Excellence in Leadership.

News and Information: 2/17

ENE Research Seminar : Thursday Feb 20 3:30 BO71

"Engineering Education in China", Professor Qing Lei, Institute of Higher Education, Beihang University, China

University Senate Vice Chair

The Purdue University Senate is seeking nominations for the next Vice Chair (who ultimately will become Chair of the Senate) from the ranks of current Senators ( Please look at this list and feel free to contact someone prior to nominating them as Vice Chair. Forward the names of your nominees to ENE Senator Monica Cox ( or to as soon as possible.

Funding Opportunities: 2/17

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) The BPE Program is a Directorate-wide activity to support the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of engineering graduates, particularly those with advanced degrees. The BPE Program supports projects to engage and develop diverse teams that can offer unique perspectives and insights to challenges in engineering research and education.  Within this program, the term underrepresented groups refers to and includes the following: women, persons with disabilities, and ethnic/racial groups which are in the minority in engineering. It is strongly recommended that proposals be submitted no later than April 1.

NSF CubeSat-based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research  The overarching goal of the program is to support the development, construction, launch, operation, and data analysis of small satellite science missions to advance geospace and atmospheric research. Equally important, it will provide essential opportunities to train the next generation of experimental space scientists and aerospace engineers.  Deadline: May 12

NIH Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP) (R01) This FOA encourages applications that will accelerate the development and adoption of promising tools and technologies that can address important biomedical research problems. The objectives are to establish these tools and technologies as robust, well-characterized solutions that fulfill an unmet need and are capable of enhancing our understanding of life science processes or the practice of medicine. Awards will focus on supporting multidisciplinary teams that apply an integrative, quantitative bioengineering approach to developing these technologies and engage biomedical researchers or clinicians throughout the project.  Deadline: May 20

NIH-NIDCD Research on Hearing Health Care This FOA supports research leading to accessible and affordable hearing health care. The overarching emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge that can be rapidly translated into new or enhanced approaches for access, assessment, or interventions with a goal to delivering better hearing health care outcomes.  Applications should seek quality approaches that are effective, affordable and deliverable to those who need them as well as implementable and sustainable in settings beyond the research environment.

  • R21  Deadline: June 16
  • R01  Deadline: June 5

HHS-AHRQ Call for Applications to Address Health IT Safety AHRQ is interested in funding projects that will generate new evidence on safe health IT practices that could be used by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the FDA, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and others to inform health IT certification and other forms of policy guidance.

  • R01 Deadline: March 28
  • R21 Deadline: March 28

USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology. It is a vehicle to stimulate development and adoption of conservation approaches or technologies that have been studied sufficiently to indicate a high likelihood of success, and that are candidates for eventual technology transfer or institutionalization.  Pre-proposals due March 7; Invited full proposals due May 5.

DOD-AFRL Human-Centered Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Leveraged Science & Technology (S&T) Program This is an open-ended BAA soliciting innovative research concepts for the overall mission of the Human-Centered Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR/RHX) Division. To accomplish this mission, the RHX core S&T portfolio is structured into three major research areas:

  1. Human Signatures – develop technologies to sense and exploit human bio-signatures at the molecular and macro level,
  2. Human Trust and Interaction – develop technologies to improve human-to-human interactions as well as human-to-machine interactions, and
  3. Human Analyst Augmentation – develop technologies to enhance ISR analyst performance and to test the efficacy of newly developed ISR technologies within a simulated operational environment.

The RHX mission also includes research carried over from the Airman Biosciences and Performance Program. While not directly linked to the core S&T strategic plan, there exists a unique capability resident within RHX to address critical Air Force operational and sustainment needs resulting from chemical and biological hazards. 

DOE Low Temperature Geothermal Mineral Recovery Program The intention of this FOA is to have awardees examine the feasibility of extracting materials (minerals and metals) from geothermal brines. Geothermal fluids dissolve minerals and metals from rock formations as they flow through the Earth’s subsurface. Extraction and purification of these materials recovered from geothermal brines can be viewed as “solution mining by nature”. This funding opportunity seeks to further the development of technologies aimed at extracting and refining these materials for beneficial purposes. Concept papers due March 6; Full applications due May 2.

DOE Research and Development for Next Generation Nuclear Physics Accelerator Facilities This FOA is in support of pre-conceptual accelerator R&D aimed at technological challenges for the next generation of Nuclear Physics (NP) facilities or improved performance of existing facilities. R&D intended for this announcement should fall in the following general categories:

  1. Accelerator R&D with the potential for the development of the future generation of NP accelerators not under construction or design; or
  2. Accelerator R&D with the potential for improved performance and/or upgrades to existing NP national user facilities that will lead to new capabilities.

Deadline: April 8

DOJ New Approaches to Digital Evidence Processing and Storage With this solicitation, DOJ-NIJ seeks proposals for technology research and development to develop:

  1. New, innovative means to speed the processing of large-capacity digital media in a forensically sound manner that preserves the probative value of the evidence that the media may contain; or
  2. More efficient means to store the large volumes of information seized as digital evidence while preserving the probative value of that evidence.

Deadline: April 28

DOJ Optimizing the Use of Video Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes DOJ-NIJ seeks proposals from research organizations partnered with state, local, or tribal criminal justice agencies for research to identify, implement, and evaluate those applications of video cameras and advanced video analysis software that provide optimum crime control and prevention outcomes. NIJ is most interested in receiving proposals involving the integration of video technology into policing strategies, most particularly those involving quantitative data analysis methods. Deadline: April 28

SIA Foundation Grant The foundation supports the funding of facilities and equipment in the areas of Arts and Culture; Education; Health and Welfare. Deadline: March 31

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.

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.


OVPR Workshop: Education and Outreach Expo 2014: Partnering for Broader Impacts The Office of the Vice President for Research is hosting this open event on March 13th from 12:30 – 2:30 P.M. in Stewart 302-306. Purdue faculty and staff who will be writing grant proposals can learn how to partner with key education and outreach programs on the Purdue campus. Expo 2014 includes extended time to visit booths and talk with program representatives about tailoring initiatives and resources to your particular grant proposal.  Additionally, interested individuals are able to view a virtual Rolodex of potential education and outreach partners at:

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Predoctoral Training in Biomedical Big Data Science (T32) This predoctoral training initiative is different from most currently funded NIH training programs in that it will:

  1. Require that trainees become proficient at the intersection of three scientific areas – computer science/informatics, statistics/mathematics, and biomedical science;
  2. Expect active participation of training faculty from all of these three scientific disciplines who will work collaboratively across disciplines as co-mentors of trainees in Big Data Science; and
  3. Develop the skills required to participate in a team approach to solving data-intensive biomedical problems, while also nurturing the skills necessary to be an independent investigator in Big Data science.

The FOA is expected to be published in the spring of 2014 with an expected application due date in the summer of 2014.  This will be limited to one submission per institution so watch for internal deadlines following the release of the FOA.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA for Bioenergy Technologies Incubator DOE plans to issue the FOA on or about February 24.

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