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ENE Memo: January 18, 2016

From the Head: 01/18/2016

A Pictorial History of ENE

We are putting together a pictorial history of ENE in the form of a coffee table book, similar to that co-created by Phil Wankat for Chemical Engineering in 2011. 

I am seeking your assistance, current and former members of this community, to gather up serious and fun pictures and defining artifacts that will help tell the story in a visual way of the formation of ENE and our many accomplishments in the intervening years.

The proposed book will include an opening section on the precursors of ENE; Freshman Engineering from 1953 to 2004, Interdisciplinary Engineering from 1969-2004 and the research and scholarship in engineering education that occurred during the Freshman Engineering years.

The bulk of the book will place a spotlight on our people, our programs, our research and our work growing the broader engineering education research community. In other words, it uses the four goals in our strategic plan as a lens.

While we have a lots of pictures in the official ENE communication files, equally I know there are many images that reside in your personal photo albums, physical or virtual.  

In particular, I am seeking images that capture everyday activities of ENE and its precursors. Pictures that speak to a day in the life in the school. Pictures taken at events, official and social, at Purdue and at other places around the world, that involve ENE faculty, staff, students, supporters and friends in action. Pictures taken during major transitions; e.g. pictures of the move from ENAD to ARMS in Aug 2007; pictures at ASEE in 2004 or 2005 when the idea of ENE was being promulgated to the wider community; staff or faculty meetings from 2004 on, construction of the i2i learning lab; and so on.

I am also seeking to gather up artifacts that speak to everyday life in ENE and its precursors. These may be documents of every type, posters or advertising fliers, physical objects, or important places.

This project has a tight timeline so please start thinking about pictures and artifacts that you might have in your files or archives or memory and share them with me and Teresa. We are planning to set up an online mechanism for uploading photo files. However in the meantime please just send your ideas or instances of photos and artifacts as you think of them. 

This is an exciting and fun project that I hope will capture and preserve something of the essence of ENE during a very formative and dynamic part of its brief history.  


Kudos: 01/18/2016

… to Farshid Marbouti on the successfully defending his dissertation “A Learning Objective-Based Model to Predict Students’ Success in a First-Year Engineering Course”.

News and Information: 01/18/2016

Members of the Engineering Education Community:

On behalf of the ENE Faculty Development and Recognition Committee, I am pleased to invite nominations for the ENE Award for Excellence in Mentoring and the ENE Award for Leadership. The criteria and guidelines for both awards are below. Please send each nomination as a single PDF document attached to an e-mail message to by the end of the day (11:59 p.m.) on Friday, February 12, 2016. Read below for more details

Thank you,

Michael Loui


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.


Nominations due Friday, February 12, 2016

Decisions by Friday, February 26, 2016

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.


Nominations due Friday, February 12, 2016

Decisions by Friday, February 26, 2016

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

Calendar: 01/18/2016

Spring 2016 

  • Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 21: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:30pm, ARMS BO71 (Weekly)
  • Jan 28: Assistant Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 4: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 11: Associate Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 18: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 25: Faculty Meeting 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 10: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 14/19: Spring Break
  • March 25: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, Wang 3501  
  • March 31: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 11/12: ENE Industrial Advisory Council  
  • April 14: Faculty Career Colloquium (Dr. Radcliffe), 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 20: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards (note change of date)
  • April 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 30: Classes end
  • May 5: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • May 10: Grades Due
  • May 11/12: ENE Strategic Advance
  • May 13: Engineering Commencement, 8pm, Elliot Hall of Music

Summer 2016

  • June 26-29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • Aug 13-15: 3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago

Fall 2016

  • Aug 15: Faculty return  
  • Aug 22: Classes begin

Funding Opportunities: 01/18/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs)   The DIBBs program encourages development of robust and shared data-centric cyberinfrastructure capabilities, to accelerate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in areas of inquiry stimulated by data. DIBBs investments enable new data-focused services, capabilities, and resources to advance scientific discoveries, collaborations, and innovations. The investments are expected to build upon, integrate with, and contribute to existing community cyberinfrastructure, serving as evaluative resources while developments in national-scale access, policy, interoperability and sustainability continue to evolve.  This solicitation offers two classes of data pilot awards:  early implementation and pilot demonstrations.  Deadline:  April 4.

NIH Use of 3D Printing for Creation of Implantable Devices (R21/R33) This FOA encourages applications for Phased Innovation grant awards to utilize 3D printing technologies to develop implantable devices and biodegradable scaffolds for long-term use that will adapt to the needs of growing children. This FOA provides support for up to two years for research planning activities and feasibility studies, followed by a possible transition to expanded research support. Deadline: March 17

NIH Education and Health: New Frontiers The goal of these FOAs is to support research that will further elucidate the pathways involved in the relationship between education and health outcomes and in doing so to carefully identify the specific aspects and qualities of education that are responsible for this relationship and what the mediating factors are that affect the nature of the causal relationship.

  • R21  Deadline: June 16
  • R03  Deadline: June 16
  • R01  Deadline: June 5

HHS-ACL-NIDILRR Field Initiated Projects Program The purpose of the Field Initiated Projects program is to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities.  Deadline: February 22

USDA-NIFA Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – Organic Transitions The goal of the ORG program is to support the development and implementation of research, extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. Deadline: April 15

USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) DIV looks for compelling new development solutions in a year-round competition, rigorously tests them, and helps scale those that are proven successful to reach millions of beneficiaries around the world. DIV is interested in innovations that are expected to lead to transformative improvements that could ultimately scale across multiple developing countries and, ideally, multiple sectors in these countries. Expressions of Interest accepted year round.

USAID/Multi-sponsored BAA Global Health 2015 – Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development For the purposes of this Addendum, the Saving Lives at Birth partners are seeking creative solutions to address roadblocks to healthy pregnancies and births in three domains, alone or in combination: Science & Technology; Service Delivery; and Demand. Expressions of Interest due February 29.

DOC-NOAA FY16-FY17 BAA This BAA is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through NOAA’s competitive discretionary programs. Extramural research, innovative projects, and sponsorships (e.g., conferences, newsletters, etc.) must address one or more of the following four mission goal descriptions contained in the NOAA Strategic Plan: 1) Climate Adaptation and Mitigation; 2) Weather-Ready Nation; 3) Healthy Oceans; or 4) Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies. Applications accepted through 9/30/17.

ED-OESE College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) The purpose of CAMP is to provide academic and financial support to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family complete their first year of college and continue in postsecondary education. Deadline: March 7

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: USDA-NIFA AFRI: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative NIFA requests applications for FY16 to provide fellowships to undergraduate students, predoctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and professional development opportunities for secondary school teachers and educational professionals.  Eligible applicants may apply for Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships. The Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates (REEU) Program limits Purdue to three applications.  The Professional Development for Secondary School Teachers and Educational Professionals (PD-STEP) Program limits Purdue to three applications. 

  • Internal Deadline for PD-STEP and REEU: Contact by January 25.  Please specify to which program you would like to apply.
  • Sponsor Deadlines:
  • Fellowships (not limited) due February 11.
  • PD-STEP due March 18.
  • REEU due March 24.

Anticipated Funding Opportunities:

These solicitations are anticipated to be released soon based on the timing of previous solicitations for the program or notices of intent to publish. We are posting this information to help with proposal planning efforts but please keep in mind that the release dates and/or scope of a solicitation can change from year-to-year so be sure to read the solicitation carefully once it is released.

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

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