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ENE Memo: February 9, 2015

From the Head: 2/9

Another giant leap for ENE

On February 11, 2005 the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) approved three graduate degrees in engineering education, effective for the fall semester 2005;

  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Master of Science in Engineering Education (M.S.ENE)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

These first-of-type programs that ICHE approved were conceived and designed by the handful of foundational faculty in ENE. Given the very limited resources available back then, a strategic decision was made to operationalize only the PhD in the first instance. This was done to kick-start the engineering education research enterprise to coincide with the arrival of the new faculty who joined ENE in fall 2005.  (The master of science degree finally became active last year).

On February 11, 2015, precisely one decade after our graduate programs were approved, the ENE research enterprise moves into an innovative, purpose designed, interdisciplinary research facility. This first-of-type space brings all our research together under one roof. It provides a shared home for our graduate students and other research staff where they can work with faculty.  

Until now the various ENE research groups have been scattered across campus in a variety of buildings including Hampton, Potter, Grissom, and Discovery Park. Some faculty and their students have never had the luxury of a dedicated laboratory space.

The creation of ENE in 2004 afforded a large number of scholars dispersed around the USA (and beyond) the opportunity to come together as a faculty in one place, and work as colleagues to co-create this new academic unit. This process necessitated some adjustment. When you have spent your career working in relative isolation in places where your research is not fully understood nor appreciated, learning to work together means building trust relationships and this takes time and commitment.

Similarly with our move to the new research facility this week, we will need to make some adjustments and accommodations. We will be working as a co-located research community for the first time. We will be sharing a brand new facility. Some things we were used to previously may no longer apply. As with any major change there will be some surprises, a few frustrations, and doubtless some annoyances.

It is my fervent hope that we will look beyond any minor inconveniences of the moment to appreciate the enormous opportunities this new facility opens up for us collectively to do things that we could not have imagined previously. As was the case with the evolution of the graduate program over the past decade, our achievements in the new research space will emerge in new and exciting ways that we cannot predict today. This week we are taking the first small step in what is a giant leap for ENE. We need to be patient and take the long view as we transition into the new space over the coming days and weeks.

So this Wednesday, February 11, we will celebrate the approval of our innovative graduate program by ICHE in 2005 by sharing a cake in the “gathering place” within the new ENE research facility (Wang Hall level 3) at 10:30am. I believe Dean Leah Jamieson will be joining us. As we settle into the new facility we will plan an official opening to coincide with the ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting in April. Maybe we can also celebrate a decade of the graduate program this fall?

This occasion is a moment to reflect upon what we have achieved together, to affirm those who blazed the trail and to recommit to the enduring values that underpin ENE.


Calendar: 2/9

Spring 2015

  • Feb. 9-10: Move to Wang Hall
  • Feb 10: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview (Cheryl Bodnar)
  • Feb. 11: ENE Faculty Search Committee, Wang 2501, 9:30-10:30am
  • Feb. 11: Celebrate approval of ENE graduate program, Wang 3500, 10:30-11:00am
  • Feb. 13: Dissertation Defense of Dana Denick, ARMS 1028, 3pm
  • 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: 2/9

Nominations for Vice Chair of Senate

The Nominating Committee is seeking the names of Senators who are interested in serving as Vice Chair and, ultimately, Chair of the University Senate.

  • Candidates may nominate themselves
  • If you wish to nominate a candidate, please ensure that the individual is willing to serve

Commitment is for three (3) years, first as the Vice Chair, then as Chair for a year and, finally, as an advisor (Immediate Past Chair) for one year.

  • A Senator who is at the end of their second term as Senator is eligible because they serve in an at-large capacity
  • A Senator who is serving earlier in their term will be replaced by another Senator from their college/school for the duration of their leadership

Names and brief bio-sketches should be sent to Michael A. Hill , by or before Wednesday, February 11th so that we can place material on the Senate web-site.

  • Additional names or nominations will be accepted at the Senate meeting on Monday, February 16th
  • Senate by-laws require that we have at least two (2) before we can hold an election at the March meeting (Monday 23rd)

List of current senators:

If you would like to nominate someone or have any questions, you may contact Monica Cox, ENE Senator.

Kudos: 2/9 Patrice Buzzanell on being named the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair for Leadership Excellence. In her new role, Buzzanell serves as director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, leading its research and education efforts to promote inclusive leadership and facilitate collaborations among academic and business leaders.

Funding Opportunities: 2/9

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME) The PRIME program seeks to support research on evaluation with special emphasis on: (1) exploring innovative approaches for determining the impacts and usefulness of STEM education projects and programs; (2) building on and expanding the theoretical foundations for evaluating STEM education and workforce development initiatives, including translating and adapting approaches from other fields; and (3) growing the capacity and infrastructure of the evaluation field. Three types of proposals will be supported by the program: Exploratory Projects, Full-Scale Projects, and conferences. Deadline: April 30 

NSF Professional Formation of Engineers: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation (PFE:RIEF) This program enables engineering faculty who are renowned for teaching, mentoring, or leading educational reform efforts on their campus to initiate collaborations with colleagues in the social and/or learning sciences to address difficult, boundary-spanning problems in the professional formation of engineers. Deadline: April 30

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: SEES: Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems  SEES investments advance a systems-based approach to understanding, predicting, and reacting to stress upon and changes in the linked natural, social, and built environments. In this context, the importance of understanding the interconnected and interdependent systems involving food, energy, and water (FEW) has emerged. The NSF requests innovative proposals in the form of (1) supplements, to build upon existing NSF-funded research activities; or (2) conferences of typically 30-80 attendees that stimulate debate, discussion, visioning and collaboration across research communities, and enable a higher appreciation, visualization and understanding of food systems and their couplings to energy and water systems. Deadline: March 30

HHS-AHRQ Announces Interest in Research on Health IT Safety AHRQ is interested in funding applications that will conduct research on safe health IT practices specifically related to the design, implementation, usability, and safe use of health IT by all users, including patients. These projects would generate new evidence on safe health IT practices that could be used by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and others to inform health IT certification and other forms of policy guidance. Deadlines vary by program.

DOD Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) BAA  The ERDC is responsible for conducting research in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/ chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conservation, and ecological processes. Preproposals accepted at any time.

USDA-NIFA AFRI Food Security Program  The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension programs for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. In FY15, applications are sought in the following priority areas: 1) Agricultural Production Systems, 2) Breeding and Genomics of Crops and Livestock, and 3) National Strategy for Sustainable Crop and Livestock Production in the United States. Letter of Intent due April 2; Application due June 4. 

NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Science Education The desired outcome of this cooperative agreement is to increase the overall coherence of the SMD science education program leading to more effective, sustainable, and efficient utilization of SMD science discoveries and learning experiences and to meet overall SMD science education objectives. Fundamental to achieving this outcome is to enable NASA scientists and engineers to engage more effectively with learners of all ages. Notice of Intent due March 4; Proposal due May 4.

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: HHS-HRSA Centers of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in Education, Science and Practice The purpose of this grant program is to prepare future MCH public health professionals to achieve optimal MCH outcomes and to advance MCH science, research, practice and policy. Centers of Excellence in MCH training programs are regional hubs for training, research, and innovation. The MCH Academic Postdoctoral Enhancement seeks to address the current challenges experienced by early career MCH doctoral graduates in successfully pursuing academic career pathways.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

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.


DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: Next Generation of Electrical Machines  It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE eXCHANGE in February 2015.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) EERE plans to issue the FOA on or about February 11, via the EERE eXCHANGE website.

Adjustments to NIH and AHRQ Grant Application Due Dates Between February 13 and February 18

NIH ASSIST Now an Option for Submission of R03 and R21 Applications

Annual ORNL Biomedical Science and Engineering Conference

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