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ENE Memo: January 14, 2013

From the Head: 1/14

As the college and the school enter a period of sustained growth and development, it is essential that we are appropriately resourced not only to meet the challenges of this transition but also to grasp and run with the opportunities it presents. With this in mind, over the past year (or so) the size of the FYE learning support team has been increased, the FYE Ops center has been created, and the number of Academic Advisors has increased. Going forward, there may be a need for additional investments of this type to further support student success. 

The growth of the learning support team makes it possible for Eric Holloway to step away from the day-to-day aspects of FYE and assume a much broader, strategic role as the Managing Director of ENE. Several other schools in the college have managing directors already. In this new role Eric will support the head in implementing our strategic plan, formulating operational projects and processes, and monitoring and reporting on the performance of ENE. In so doing he will work closely with faculty, staff, students across all facets of the operations of our school. Eric brings a unique set of attributes, skills and knowledge to this new role.

One of the major recommendations of the review of ENE last year was that the school needs more senior leadership to help share the load. The creation of the managing director role goes part of the way to achieving this goal. Hopefully through the current faculty search we will be able to recruit some additional senior people who can assist with academic leadership in the school.

Please join me in welcoming Eric to his new role. These really are exciting times as ENE prepares to enter its second decade.


"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." - Alice Walker

Calendar: 1/14

Spring 2013

Fall 2013

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

Kudos: 1/14

Loretta McKinniss Loretta McKinniss, recipient of this semester's "ENEy" award, which recognizes staff who go above and beyond to advance the mission of the School of Engineering Education. Nominated by Robin Adams, Loretta receives the award for her initiative, leadership, and ethic of care in connection with the ENE Graduate Program.

News and Information: 1/14

Helping to Shape Future Science Standards in K-12

Recent developments in the New Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have brought significant visibility to engineering in K-12 education. The final public draft of NGSS has recently been released and is available at INSPIRE faculty, researchers, and teachers have had significant activities and recognitions at a national level influencing policy decisions, research, and practice in engineering education:

  • Dr. Senay Purzer is recognized as an expert in engineering education by the NARST leadership (National Association for Research in Science Teaching) and has been asked to lead a Task Force that will prepare a position statement on engineering education in response to the NGSS. Dr. Purzer will collaborate with ENE alumna Dr. Tamara Moore (University of Minnesota) on this special assignment.
  • Dr. Daphne Duncan-Wiles, Dr. Senay Purzer, and Dr. Johannes Strobel have answered a special call for papers by NSTA’s Journal of Science and Children, again related to the NGSS. Their article is selected as a featured article: "Cost or Quality? Teaching fourth and fifth graders about engineering optimization and trade-offs"
  • Mariel Milano, alumna of the INSPIRE Teacher-in-Residence program and the K–12 STEM Specialist for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) in Orlando, Florida, is member of the NGSS Writing Team and facilitates NSTA's (National Science Teacher Association) webinar on Engineering Practices in the Next Generation Science Standards in January 16th. More info at

Payroll Tax Changes Effective Jan. 1, 2013

For information on changes to your paycheck for Social Security and Medicare taxes, see this Purdue Today article.

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation: Scholarship Available for STEM Majors

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is seeking nominations from faculty for its 2013-14 $10,000 scholarship for an outstanding Purdue University engineering, math or natural or applied sciences major! Deadline for nominations to be submitted: February 1. Instructions for faculty.

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