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ENE Memo: January 19, 2015

From the Head: 1/19

Phil Wankat: Celebration of a Career

This Thursday (January 22) the College of Engineering is celebrating the career of our own Phil Wankat. This celebration takes the form of a seminar at 3:30pm in B071 followed by a reception with light refreshments.

The title of his talk is Engineering Education: Personal Reminisces on Where It Has Been and Where It is Going. Details of his talk and his career can be found here.

This event is part of a new College-wide process designed to encourage full professors to reflect on their ongoing career. The white paper that established this form of post-tenure review summarizes the purpose thus: “We propose that all Professors in the College of Engineering present a colloquium on their achievement and plans to their peers, followed by a planning discussion with the Dean and their Head of School, on a regular seven year cycle. The primary goal of the Faculty Colloquium and planning discussion is to enhance faculty professional development, job satisfaction and performance.

Phil’s talk will be the first by any professor from ENE in this series. As the elder statesman of ENE and one of the co-founders of our school this is very fitting.

His talk is another milestone event in the short history of ENE, so please arrange your schedule so that you can be there this Thursday to celebrate with Phil.


Calendar: 1/19

Spring 2015

  • Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan. 20: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Jan. 21: Faculty Meeting, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Jan 22: Research Seminar: Faculty Colloquium with Dr. Phil Wankat, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Jan. 28: Assistant Professors meet with Head, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Jan. 29: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Jan 29: Research Seminar, B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • Feb 3: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Feb. 4: Faculty Meeting, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am
  • Feb 5: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview 
  • Feb. 9-10: Move to Wang Hall
  • Feb 10: ENE Faculty Candidate Interview
  • 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: 1/19

New Process for Inviting International Visitors to Campus

Due to Federal Export Control Regulations and Purdue’s expanded relationship with the Department of Defense and its subagencies, the University is augmenting existing procedures to monitor international visitors on campus and enhance security of export-controlled information and items. 

A process has been developed to screen all international visitors who require formal invitation from Purdue to obtain a visa. The screening is a cross-check against U.S. Government lists and does not substitute for any other background check or visa review. This process will not affect 1) enrolled students or 2) employees of Purdue, but will apply to all other international visitors. Typically, these visitors come as guests or Visiting Scholars (as described in Policy C-12). Because of increased security requirements, international visitors who are either on or affiliated with an entity on a U.S. Government restricted party list will not be authorized to visit. It is important for faculty and other university officials who may be interested in inviting international visitors to campus to know of this limitation.

The process will be managed jointly by the office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) and the Export Control Team of the Office of Research and Partnerships. It will be a standardized web and e-mail system. ISS liaisons in each department will be trained to serve as primary points of contact for questions. To see the ISS Liaison for your department or school, click HERE.

Purdue personnel interested in hosting an international visitor will initiate the process as they do now. The Host will provide basic contact information for the international visitor to their ISS Liaison. The ISS Liaison will then enter that information into the automated system and the system will generate 2 emails:

  1. Email to the Visitor – requests confirmation of the provided information and to seek additional information to allow for the screening.  (Date of Birth, Home Institution, etc.)
  2. Email to the Host – requests information regarding Visitor’s proposed location and duties while on campus.  There will also be questions related to the Host’s lab and other projects to make sure there aren’t increased security or export control concerns.

The emails will include links that will allow both the Visitor and Host to access the automated system to provide the information. This eliminates the need for multiple emails and phone calls. It also provides a more secure way of providing personal information. 

The responses from the Host and Visitor are both required before the process can go forward. Once the Host and the Visitor have responded, restricted party screening will be conducted, typically within 2 business days, and the ISS Liaison and Host will be informed of the result. If approved, the Invitation letter may be issued. In the event of a denial, the Export Control Team will inform the Host. 

Implementation will be in phases as the ISS liaisons are trained. The College of Engineering will begin immediately, and full campus-wide implementation will occur no later than March 1, 2015.

Questions related to the process can be directed to Mary Duarte Millsaps, Operations Manager and interim Export Control Officer of Research and Partnerships. (, or 4-0702)


Amy Van Epps is our “librarian-in-residence” – a valuable resource for ENE faculty, graduate students and research staff.

This spring she will hold Office Hours in ARMS 1314 every Monday morning from 10:30am to Noon.

The role of librarians are changing and expanding into areas with which many people don’t expect the library to be involved, including data services, such as data management plan consultations and the Purdue Research Repository (PURR) ( Amy can help with these subjects as well as more traditional ones, including navigating the Libraries’ process for depositing published materials in the Purdue ePubs collection, which is our local open-access institutional repository (

She still does all the ‘regular’ stuff too, such as help with:

  • Citation management programs
  • Assessing fair use for materials
  • Understanding open access and author rights
  • Finding Impact factors for journals and calculating H-index
  • Speaking with a class on literature research techniques, resources available

… and much, much more. Be sure to take advantage of Amy's valuable (and greatly appreciated) service and expertise.

Kudos: 1/19 Karl Smith for his role in the publication of Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering from the National Research Council. Karl served as a consultant on the project.

Funding Opportunities: 1/19

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF STEM+C Computing Partnerships (STEM+C)  The STEM+C Partnerships program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computing by K-12 students and teachers, through research on, and development of, courses, curriculum, course materials, pedagogies, instructional strategies, or models that innovatively integrate computing into one or more STEM disciplines, or integrate STEM content into the teaching and learning of computing. Deadline: April 14

NIH/ARO/DOE/FDA/NASA/NSF/ONR Predictive Multiscale Models for Biomedical, Biological, Behavioral, Environmental and Clinical Research (U01) The participating agencies recognize that in order to efficiently and effectively address the challenges of understanding multiscale biological and behavioral systems, researchers will need predictive, computational models that encompass multiple biological and behavioral scales.  This FOA supports the development of non-standard modeling methods and experimental approaches to facilitate multiscale modeling, and active participation in community-driven activities through the Multiscale Modeling Consortium. Deadline: March 9

NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25) The over-arching goal of this program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce.  To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on research experiences and curriculum development. Deadline: March 19

DOD FY15 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. universities that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused on multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.  Deadline: February 23

USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)  NIFA requests applications for the BFRDP for FY15 to support the development of educational outreach curricula, workshops, educational teams, training, and technical assistance programs to assist beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States and its territories with entering, establishing, building and managing successful farm and ranch enterprises.  Deadline: March 13

Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health Small Grants Program  This CDC/NIOSH-funded center at the University of Iowa is offering pilot funding to organizations engaged in agricultural safety and health activities.  Specifically, welcomed are 1) proposals from organizations with the ability to engage in outreach, education, and the transfer of research-based evidence to practical application for the purpose of preventing agricultural injury and illness or 2) basic and applied research projects addressing agricultural safety and health priority issues, needs, or gaps.  Deadline: April 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 Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator Program This program develops and deploys efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.  The full spectrum of technologies and non-hardware solutions relevant to efficient and environmentally friendly transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum will be considered for funding.  The awards will range from $500,000 to $3,000,000 for a period of 12 to 36 months.  For this opportunity, cost sharing is required at 10% of Total Project Costs (for domestic institutions of higher education serving as prime recipient and performing at least 50% of the project work).  Purdue may submit up to two applications as lead but may be involved as a subcontracted partner on multiple applications.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, January 26: Preproposals due to the EVPRP (in lieu of a preproposal template, preproposals should follow the guidelines for Concept Papers – see pages 18-19 of the RFP)
  • Monday, February 2: Rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadlines:  February 10 – Concept Paper (required); March 30 – Application. 

Limited Submission: NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers and community college and university faculty and students to bring knowledge of engineering or computer and information science and engineering as well as technological innovation to pre-college/community college classrooms. The goal of these partnerships is to enable K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty to translate their research experiences and new knowledge gained in university settings into their classroom activities. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Involvement of graduate students in support of academic-year classroom activities is particularly encouraged. Partnerships with inner city, rural or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.  New to the solicitation this year, RET Sites must support at least ten STEM teachers and/or community college faculty per year for a minimum of six weeks during the summer.  The program also strongly encourages industrial partners, as well as involvement of faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students as part of the university team. The maximum request is $600,000 for a duration of up to three years.  For this competition, Purdue may submit three proposals – two can have an engineering focus and one can have a computer/information sciences focus. Please note that the principal investigator must hold a full-time faculty appointment in Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer Science.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, January 26: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, February 2: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadline: April 8

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.


REMINDER: EVPRP Workshop: How to Use NIH Data for Your Strategic Advantage  The event will take place Tuesday, January 20th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in STEW 310.  As lunch is provided, registration is required by tomorrow, Thursday, January 15th.

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

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