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ENE Memo: February 18, 2013

From the Head: 2/18

Character is one of those intangible attributes that shape not only how we engage with the world but also how we treat those with whom we work. At a recent Purdue alumni event, a recurring theme was the importance of character when deciding who you want on your team. Good character was the main criterion for the panel who selected our new football coach, Darrell Hazell. Dimensions of good character include self-discipline, strong work ethic, integrity, honesty, loyalty, and personal responsibility - all good Midwest values. It is about having a set of such values and sticking to them as guiding principles no matter what. Good character manifests itself in many ways: being a good team player, including the ability to draw out the best in others; determination to succeed against the odds; resilience following setbacks; not just making plans but executing these effectively; being considerate and empathetic; showing compassion; passing forward; leaving things better than you found them. Above all, it is about looking beyond short-term, individual benefit (instant gratification) and thinking longer-term and acting for the benefit of the whole team.

The academy is not usually thought about or experienced as a team sport. However, in the light of the many challenges and pressures now facing universities nationwide, maybe we should reconsider this self-perception.

Being a new school in a field that is still being defined, we have a unique opportunity to shape who we are collectively and what type of workplace place we want ENE to be. We can passively let this happen to us, or we can choose to be intentional about shaping the character and the culture of ENE. Over time it seems that many academic departments develop factions and harbor jealousies and intrigues that beset them and limit their potential. We can choose to break this mold and to be an "un-department."  We have the opportunity to be a beacon on the hill for what is possible, a model of a new type of academic unit that is deeply collegial based on mutual respect, courteous behavior and support of diverse perspectives; a place of personal and professional safety and community built on deep trust. This was the dream of many of us who either helped form ENE or subsequently joined the school.

My profound hope is that individually and collectively we can demonstrate the character necessary to rise to this opportunity to be a special place that others aspire to join or to emulate. To achieve this lofty goal, each of us must take personal responsibility for calling out unacceptable behavior that runs contrary to this high ideal. The future of the emerging ENE culture is in OUR hands - each of us and all of us.  Will ENE be just another department, or will it be known for its unique collegial character? Going forward, will those who work in ENE in 50 years from now share a deep sense of common purpose because of the cultural foundation we established?


"You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea." - Medgar Evers 

Calendar: 2/18

Spring 2013

  • Feb 17-23: National Engineers Week
  • Feb 20: Engineering Education Outstanding Alumni Awards
  • Mar 5:  Provocative Conversations - Professor Jim Duderstadt  3:30-4:30, pm Kurz Atrium, Armstrong Hall
  • Mar 6:   Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • Mar 26: Provocative Conversations  - Professor Dan Mote  3:30-4:30 pm, Kurz Atrium, Armstrong Hall
  • Mar 27: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • April 4: Provocative Conversations - Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd - 3:00-4:00 pm, Kurz Atrium, Armstrong Hall 
  • April 5:  Faculty Excellence Awards
  • April 8-9: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: ENE's Second Decade
  • April 9: Provocative Conversations - Norm Augustine  10:30-11:30 am, Kurz Atrium, Armstrong Hall 
  • April 24: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • May 8-9: ENE Advance (9-4) - ENE's Second Decade

Summer 2013

  • June 17 - July 11:  STAR(Student Transition, Advising and Registration)

Fall 2013

  • Aug 14: ENE Faculty Advance 
  • Aug 19: Classes Begin
  • Sept 27: 2nd Annual First-Year Engineering Friday
  • Sept 28 Homecoming & Family Weekend
  • TBD:   ABET Site Visit (Mon + Tues; most likely in Oct or Nov
  • Nov 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) 
  • Nov 9: ENE Friends at the Football
  • Nov 14: 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium

Kudos: 2/18

...Bill Oakes on receiving the 2013 A. A. Potter Teaching Excellence Award for the best teacher in the College. This is the third time he has the Potter!  His award will be presented at the 11th annual Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Banquet on April 5. Mel Chua on receiving the student Purdue Focus Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to furthering Purdue's commitment to disability accessibility and diversity. Mel will be honored at a reception on March 5 (10am, West Faculty Lounge, PMU) for her work in hearing loss and accessibility.

News and Information: 2/18

Concur (Travel) Training

The College of Engineering will begin gradually rolling out the new travel process over the next few months. A variety of training and support activities will be available to assist faculty and staff, each tailored to meet different needs:

• Departmental Awareness Presentation – A 30-40 minute presentation highlighting the benefits of the Concur Travel and Expense system, change in travel partners, and information about the Visa Travel Card.

• Concur Showcase - A one-hour presentation highlighting the functionality of the Concur Travel & Expense system, followed by questions and answers.

• Concur Traveler Training – An instructor-led, two-hour class offering hands-on experience in Concur Travel & Expense system booking travel and creating expense reports.

• Concur Business Office and Support Staff Training – An instructor-led class providing detailed information and extensive hands-on opportunities in Concur Travel & Expense: booking travel, creating multiple expense reports, and reviewing steps for fiscally approving expenses.

• Concur Drop-in Support Labs – An opportunity for travelers, delegates, or approvers to receive 1-on-1 assistance in the Concur Travel and Expense System.

Click here to schedule your training.


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A Note from the ENEGSA

First, the ENE Person of the Week blog has been updated. If you have not responded to DeLean’s e-mail, please do so. You can check out featured students here:

Second, sign-ups for the next round intramural sports are on February 26, and we want some ENE teams back out there playing! The next set of sports include softball (Nick Fila has volunteered to be captain), ultimate Frisbee, 5v5 indoor soccer, 4v4 sand volleyball, and dodge ball. If you are interested in LEADING (e.g. being the captain) for one of these sports, please contact Dana Denick. The ENEGSA will reimburse captains who sign up for the team, but it will be your responsibility to rally your colleagues. Sports are not limited to students only. In fact, we encourage faculty to participate!


This Week's ENE Research Seminar

Thu, Feb 21, 2013
SEMINAR: A Model of Research Mentoring
Dr. Michael Loui, Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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