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ENE Memo: February 4, 2013

From the Head - 2/4

In his open letter to the Purdue community on Jan 18, incoming President Daniels articulated six precepts that he considers to be the hallmarks of a university like Purdue. These six are listed below with extracts from his letter, selected to highlight the core idea behind each.

Purdue is not its buildings, or even its wonderful past and traditions. Purdue at any point in time is its faculty, its students, and the magic that happens when they are brought together effectively.

Every university community
 should embrace the shared responsibility to re-examine current practicesand expenditures with a determination to keep its tuition and fees within the reach of every qualified student. We should all remind ourselves every day that the dollars we are privileged to spend come, for the most part, from either a family or a taxpayer.

Shared Governance
Shared governance implies shared accountability. It is neither equitable or workable to demand shared governing power but declare that cost control or substandard performance in any part of Purdue is someone else’s problem. We cannot improve low on‐time completion rates and maximize student success if no one is willing to modify his schedule, workload, or method of teaching. Participation in governance also requires the willingness to make choices.

An area of much recent success, but requiring continued emphasis and development, lies in the more rapid and continuous transfer of Purdue technology into the market place. We must produce and recruit scholars imbued with a passion to see their genius converted swiftly into goods and services that improve human life, scholars who say ..... "It’s not an innovation until it’s useful to someone."

Open Inquiry
It is the wellspring of advancing knowledge and the rationale for academic freedom. No one can expect his views to be free from vigorous challenge, but all must feel completely safe in speaking out.

Common Purpose
I hope to find,and perhapshere and there to foster, a somewhat stronger sense of common purpose as we work through the decisions presented to us by a changedenvironment.
 Without knowing what they will be or when we will make them, many choices will necessitate a communitarian outlook that consciously
 the interests of the overall university first.

There are several underlying themes: with freedom comes responsibility; the greater good trumps parochial or individual interest; an expectation of measurable outcomes that have social or economic impact in the near term.  I recommend you read the whole letter carefully and keep a copy at hand for future reference.


"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." - Frederick Douglass 

Calendar - 2/4


Spring 2013

  • Feb 7: ENE Research Seminar: INSPIRE
  • Feb 13: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • Feb 17-23: National Engineers Week
  • Feb 20: Engineering Education Outstanding Alumni Awards
  • Mar 5:   Distinguished Speaker Series - Professor Jim Duderstadt
  • Mar 6:   Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • Mar 26: Distinguished Speaker Series  - Professor Dan Mote
  • Mar 27: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • April 5:  Faculty Excellence Awards
  • April 8-9: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: ENE's Second Decade
  • April 10: Distinguished Speaker Series - Norm Augustine
  • April 24: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • May 8-9: ENE Advance (9-4) - ENE's Second Decade

Fall 2013

  • TBD:   ABET Site Visit (Mon + Tues; most likely in Oct or Nov)

News and Information 2/4

Exponent Editor Interested in Faculty Research Stories

Monica Cox, a member of the Faculty Senate, reports from the Senate's most recent meeting that Exponent editor-in-chief Matt Thomas made an oral presentation in which he expressed interest in running more articles on research. If you'd like to contact Matt, call 743-1111 (x207); e-mail = If you'd like to talk with Lisa Tally ( about a story idea to pitch to the Exponent, she'd be happy to work with you.

Get Involved in University Governance! Sign up for a Faculty Committee Now!

“The University Senate exercises powers and responsibilities delegated to the faculty by the Board of Trustees. The Senate serves as a legislative body (curricular matters [& calendars]) and advisory body (policy and procedures) to the administration and the trustees.”

Although senators discuss and vote on agenda items at regular Senate meetings on behalf of their constituents, the faculty, typically items are brought before them by the chairs of Senate Standing Committees (senators only).

However, it is from Faculty Committees (effectively subcommittees of standing committees) and individual faculty that many agenda items emanate. Hence, faculty involvement on a Faculty Committee is critical to senate function and it is vital that we have good representation from faculty across campus.

The University Senate Nominating Committee will select committee members for Faculty Committees in January and February for AY 2013-2014 appointments. Volunteers who are chosen will be notified by the end of the semester.

You do not need to sign up for any Faculty Committees you are currently on, unless your term expires in May and you wish to be re-elected.


  • Complete a sign-up by accessing the web-site below, click on “no” (indicating you are not a senator) and enter the faculty committee pages – log in your personal information.
  • “Next” takes you to the Faculty Committees’ page – select one or more committees you wish to serve on. You can add information for the Nominating Committee about a particular interest or expertise you have for a committee.
  • If a Faculty Committee is full, please allow us to suggest an alternative committee based on your credentials.

By accessing Senate Standing Committees at the site below, you can determine the committee a particular Faculty Committee reports to. The number of people from your college/school and department are given so you can assess where there is the most need. The Nominating Committee populates each committee with as broad a representation as possible and, therefore, needs volunteers from each department. 

University Senators will be asked to sign up for Senate Standing Committees at a later date.

Trimester Update Forum

  • Tuesday Feb 5
  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Stewart Center, Rooms 302/306.
  • Coffee will be available at 8 a.m.
Tim Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Frank Dooley, associate vice provost of undergraduate academic affairs, will provide a brief overview of the current status and future direction of the trimester initiative. There also will be a preview of the "Think Summer" campaign, designed to help build enrollment for the summer session. Those attending the forum are encouraged to bring questions and join the discussion.

Forum on Collaborating for Student Success at Purdue

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013
  • 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

(Note: We have an ENE Faculty meeting that morning at 8:30 but it still should be possible to attend the bulk of the event)

The Purdue University Faculty Senate, the Center for Instructional Excellence, PACADA, and the Foundations of Excellence team (comprised of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Housing & Food Services, and Diversity & Inclusion) invite you to participate in a forum on Increasing Student Success at Purdue.  As a continuation of the Foundations of Excellence process, we will focus on strategies for building strong partnerships through collaborations of faculty, staff, administrators, and all professionals who assist with student success. Two nationally recognized scholars, Dr. Charles Schroeder and Dr. Jillian Kinzie will share their research on proven strategies for student engagement, learning, and persistence.  There will be breakout sessions and facilitated discussions where you will share your perspective and expertise on how to build strong partnerships for student success.  You will also have the opportunity to become more involved in this important work.  The forum is free and open to all Purdue University colleagues. Whether you are faculty, staff, or an administrator, we hope you will join us for this important half-day campus forum.   More information and an online registration form to follow soon.

Event Overview

  • Registration and Check-in (8 am – 8:30 am)
  • Welcome and Keynote speaker – Dr. Charles Schroeder
  • Breakout Discussions
  • Lunch and Keynote speaker – Dr. Jillian Kinzie

Future Engineering Faculty and Professionals (FEFP) workshop

Registration is now open for the second Future Engineering Faculty and Professionals (FEFP) workshop. “Be a Competitive Candidate – Engineering Careers in Industry” will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in STEW room 310. The FEFP workshops are designed specifically for engineering students pursuing advanced degrees.  Experienced managers from companies that hire our graduate students will answer questions about what experiences in grad school will help to make the students more competitive candidates and how to make their applications stand out.

There will be two 90 minute sessions offered.
Session 1: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Session 2: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact David Radcliffe or Lisa Tally by midday Friday for the following week's issue.