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ENE Memo: February 2, 2015

From the Head: 2/2

Research Excellence

Last week and this we announced NSF CAREER Awards being made to Jennifer DeBoer and Morgan Hynes, two of our newer faculty. Congratulations! This grant is very competitive, highly prestigious and much sought after. Their success continues in a proud tradition in ENE of gaining a disproportionately high number of NSF CAREER awards over the years. More generally this success is indicative of the extraordinary quality of ALL our faculty.

While these awards are a reason to celebrate, they are not a cause for complacency or an excuse for hubris. Collectively we have achieved an enormous amount in a short time and answered most of the questions people had a decade ago about the viability of academic units centered on engineering education research. But it is not all about us. We continue to have a leadership obligation for this field going forward.

Let us draw strength from these recent achievements and redouble our collective efforts to demonstrate the value and impact of the work we do to “transform engineering education based on scholarship and research

Again, congratulations Jennifer and Morgan!


Calendar: 2/2

Spring 2015

  • Feb 3: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview (Diana Franklin)
  • Feb. 4: Faculty Meeting, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 5: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview (Kyu Han Koh)
  • Feb. 9-10: Move to Wang Hall
  • Feb 10: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview (Cheryl Bodnar)
  • Feb. 11: Associate Professors meet with Head, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb. 18: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 19: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Feb. 25: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb. 25: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Dinner, PMU, 6pm
  • Feb. 26: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 4: Graduate Students meet Head, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 5: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • March 11: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • Mar 12: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 16-20: Spring Break
  • Mar 26: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 27: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1028, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 1: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 2: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • 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 13/14: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, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 23: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 30: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 6: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 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: 2/2

Safety Committee

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

Call for Nominations

ENE Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Purpose: To recognize excellence in mentoring undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, or faculty

Eligibility: All faculty members in ENE and faculty members with courtesy appointments in ENE who mentor members of the ENE community. No person may receive this award more than once in a five-year period. A nominee need not have mentored people in all four categories of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

Award: One annual award of $500. Name engraved on permanently displayed plaque.


  • Sustained excellence in mentoring
  • Innovative approaches to mentoring
  • Impact on professional development of students, postdocs, or faculty
  • Other contributions to mentoring

Format: A two-page, single-spaced narrative. Two one-page support letters from people who were mentored by the nominee.

Schedule: Nominations due Monday, February 23, 2015, and decisions will be made by Friday, March 6, 2015.

Note: A winner of this award may be eligible for nomination for the College of Engineering’s Mentoring Award in subsequent academic years.


ENE Award for Leadership

Purpose: To recognize leadership in advancing the ENE strategic plan, improving organizational climate, and promoting diversity

Eligibility: All faculty and staff members with primary appointments in ENE, except the head. No person may receive this award more than once in a five-year period.

Award: One annual award of $500. Name engraved on permanently displayed plaque.


  • Contributions to advancing the ENE strategic plan
  • Efforts to improve the organizational climate for faculty, staff, and students
  • Achievements in promoting diversity and inclusion in the school, the college, the campus, and the profession

Format: A two-page, single-spaced narrative. Two one-page support letters.

Schedule: Nominations due Monday, February 23, 2015, and decisions will be made by Friday, March 6, 2015.

Note: A winner of this award may be eligible for nomination for the College of Engineering’s Leadership Award in subsequent academic years.

Proposals sought for Graduate Student Educational Research Symposium

The Graduate Student Education Council and the College of Education are seeking submissions for the Ninth Annual Graduate Student Educational Research Symposium on March 3. Graduate students from all departments at Purdue with research related to education are invited to submit a proposal. Presentations will be limited to posters. Proposals should be submitted via a Qualtrics survey by Feb. 15.

Several awards will be given to student researchers, including Best Completed Research Project and Best In-Progress Research Project.

The symposium will take place from noon to 5 p.m. in Purdue Memorial Union, North Ballroom. The keynote speaker will be Terry Wiley, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C. Wiley also serves as special professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership and Graduate School at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also professor emeritus at Arizona State University, where he served as executive dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education and director of the Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.

Kudos: 2/2 Morgan Hynes on being awarded a very prestigious NSF CAREER grant for the project titled "CAREER: Broadening Contexts to Motivate Participation in Engineering." This grant is valued at $505,375. Nick Fila and Senay Purzer on publication of "The Relationship between Team Gender Diversity, Idea Variety and Potential for Design Innovation" in International Journal of Engineering Education. Monica Cox and Joyce Main on being featured in the Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers' article Changing the Narrative.

Funding Opportunities: 2/2

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) The goal of BREAD is to support innovative basic scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. Proposals submitted to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed basic research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world. In FY15, activities in two focus areas will be supported: (1) Developing High Throughput, Low Cost Phenotyping Tools and Devices to facilitate assessment of field-based phenotypes, especially for root and tuber crops (PHENO), and (2) Advancing Basic Research in Crop Plants Relevant to Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries (ABRDC) to develop critically needed sequence and functional genomics resources to enable basic and applied research in crop plants important for smallholder agriculture.  Deadline: April 27

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Hydrologic Sciences and Physical and Dynamic Meteorology Cooperation Innovative proposals that specifically address challenges existing at the atmospheric-terrestrial boundary, including challenges in process understanding, measurement and modeling can be sent to either program. Proposals in this area of research will be co-reviewed by both programs and will be supported from existing programmatic funds. Proposals are accepted at any time in both the PDM and HS programs.

DOD-ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP)  ONR's Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, have begun their first appointment on or after 11/01/09, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.  Proposals addressing research areas (as described in the ONR Science and Technology Department section of ONR's website) which are of interest to ONR Program Officers will be considered. Deadline: March 4

DOD Army Educational Outreach Program The purpose of the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) cooperative agreement (COA) announcement is to solicit proposals for a single-award to a recipient, who will carry out the K-College STEM education and outreach programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Army to help address the nation’s need of a diverse, agile and highly competent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) literate talent pool. Through the AEOP COA award, the Army envisions the government to work with a recipient with an established consortium of organizations to collaboratively advance Army-sponsored STEM education and outreach programs, conducted across the United States, Puerto Rico as well as DoD locations in Europe and the Pacific. The Recipient selected to administer programs and functions under the AEOP COA will collaboratively work as a consortium to engage students from underserved and underrepresented populations in STEM experiences during their elementary school years, encourage them to pursue STEM experiences and opportunities in their middle school years, and prepare them for college and career opportunities in their high school and undergraduate years. The projected scope of the cooperative agreement is approximately $190 million over the course of ten (10) years. Deadline: April 28

DOE FY15 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide FOA This FOA supports a broad technology portfolio aimed at developing and deploying cutting-edge advanced highway transportation technologies that reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while meeting or exceeding vehicle performance and cost expectations. Specifically, these activities contribute to achieving the goals and objectives of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, with a focus on accelerating the development of advanced batteries, power electronics, and lightweight materials technologies. Concept papers due March 13; Applications due April 10.

L’Oréal USA For Women In Science Program The fellowship program specifically recognizes women post-doctoral scientists for their contributions in STEM fields and for their commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.  Applicants who conduct basic research in the following fields are welcome: life and physical/material sciences, engineering & technology, computer science and/or mathematics.  Deadline: March 20

Dirksen Center Congressional Research Grants The Center’s first interest is to fund the study of the leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate.  Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. Deadline: March 1

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: DOE Computational Materials Sciences The Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the U.S. Department of Energy announces its interest in receiving applications in Computational Materials Sciences proposing integrated, multidisciplinary teams that will perform research to develop validated community codes and data bases for predictive design of functional materials, excluding structural materials. Computational Materials Sciences Teams could also involve new approaches to enhance the use of large data sets derived from advanced characterization of materials, materials synthesis, processing, and properties assessments and the parallel data that are generated by large scale computational efforts that model materials phenomena. Awards will range from $2M to $4M per year for a period of up to four years. Only one application is allowed per lead organization but there is no limit on participation as a subawardee. 

Internal deadlines: 

  • February 9:  Preproposal due to EVPRP.
  • February 16:  Rankings due to EVPRP.

Sponsor deadlines:  Letter of Intent due February 23; Application due April 17.

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.


EVPRP Workshop: How to Work with Industry and Evaluating Contracting Options This workshop, which will focus on industry partnerships, contracting processes, and technology transfer, is scheduled for February 24th from 11:30AM-1:00PM, in Stewart Center, room 202.  Geanie Umberger, Assistant Vice President for Research, 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. She will also provide details on the industrial contracting processes at Purdue, explain how agreements are negotiated, and discuss new, flexible IP options that are available when working with industry. Dan Hirleman, Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer, will talk about the new Purdue Partners program, which will be starting soon.  Lunch will be served so registration is required at the above link. The deadline for registration is Thursday, Feb. 19th.

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

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