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ENE Memo: January 25, 2016

From the Head: 01/25/2016

The new Department of Freshman Engineering  

The process of gathering pictures and artifacts for the proposed pictorial history of ENE and our antecedents is revealing some interesting insights. The following quote comes from "The Story of Purdue Engineering" by H.B. Knoll and published in 1963.

The new Department of Freshman Engineering, under Dr. Albert R. Spalding, became the foundation for the undergraduate program. It dealt, year after year, with more freshmen than there were students in the whole university in 1920. Freshmen were asked to be better prepared in mathematics, physics, and chemistry than they had been, and high schools were encouraged to enrich their offerings in the real college-preparatory courses, as nationally, Dr. James B. Conant was urging them to do. Trigonometry became a required course for admission-which recalled that fifty years before, the faculty, crushed by a load of students, had gone only so far as to require that the entering freshmen have credit in plane geometry.

Freshman Engineering offered a highly flexible program suited to the well prepared and the not so well prepared-fast-moving and slow-moving sections and an opportunity for freshmen with deficient backgrounds to spend more than two semesters readying themselves for the studies of the sophomore year. Counselors helped the freshmen find their way, and, engineering admittedly being a rigorous discipline, students unsuited to engineering's ways were directed into other courses of study. It was a goal of Freshman Engineering to keep all the freshmen that could be kept but to have most of the inevitable attrition occur before the sophomore year-maximum opportunity accompanied by minimum discouragement.

While today we conceptualize aspects of first-year engineering in ways quite different to that of 1953 when it all began, the essential mission of helping students to be successful in the transition to Purdue Engineering remains a central pillar of ENE; part of our rich inheritance and a legacy we carry forward with pride.   

Over coming weeks, I hope to share more gems.


News and Information: 01/25/2016

NSF Submission Changes

Beginning January 25, 2016, NSF will enforce its proposal submission deadline policy as specified in the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG, NSF 16-1). Starting January 25, organizations will not be able to submit proposals in FastLane after 5:00 p.m. submitter’s local time. Submitter’s local time will be determined by the time zone field, which organizations will be required to fill out when registering in FastLane. Time Zone information for organizations already registered with NSF has been populated based on the Awardee Organization’s zip code. 

Institutions are responsible for their own organization profile information. In order to assist with the transition, NSF has pre-populated the time zone information for every institution where it could be determined.  Any institution user with the Review/Revise Organizational Information permission can view and update the time zone.

Additionally, NSF has established new guidelines for submitting proposals in order to comply with Policy updates. If you are preparing a proposal and planning to submit it after January 22, make sure to follow these new guidelines:

o    Select or update your proposal Cover Sheet by selecting your applicable submission deadline.

o    If you are planning to submit a proposal in response to the Grant Proposal Guide, ensure the Program Announcement / Solicitation / Program Description Number field on the Cover Sheet is NSF 16-1.

o    You are required to complete the new single copy document for “Collaborators and Other Affiliations” upon submission.

o    While filling in the Biographical Sketches or Current and Pending Support sections, you will need to upload a separate file for each senior personnel.

Make sure that your AOR submits the proposal by to 5:00 p.m. of your awardee institution’s time on the proposal deadline date.

For a complete list of all revisions in the PAPPG, please see the Summary of Significant Changes.

If you have any questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188, or

Calendar: 01/25/2016

Spring 2016 

  • Jan 28: Assistant Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 28: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:30pm, ARMS BO71 (Weekly)
  • 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: 01/25/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NIH International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award (R25) The goal of this program is to support educational activities that foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications, by strengthening research ethics capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) through increasing the number of LMIC research intensive institutions that can provide advanced education in research ethics. Deadline: May 18

NIH International Bioethics Research Training Program (D43) The overall goal of this initiative is to support the development of a sustainable critical mass of bioethics scholars in low and middle income country research intensive institutions with the capabilities to conduct original empirical or conceptual ethics research that addresses challenging issues in health research and research policy in these countries as well as provide research ethics leadership to their institutions, governments and international research organizations. Deadline: May 18

ED-IES Unsolicited Grant Opportunities The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) announces its willingness to consider unsolicited applications for research, evaluation, and statistics projects that would make significant contributions to the mission of the organization. Under this announcement, IES could consider two types of unsolicited applications. The first type includes projects that are not eligible under IES' current grant competitions.  Deadline: March 8

USDA-NIFA Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA)  The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in agriscience and agribusiness in order to help ensure the existence in the United States of a qualified workforce to serve the food and agricultural sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the food and agricultural sciences.  Deadline:  March 18

DOS Cultural Programming in the People’s Republic of China The U.S. Mission to China seeks to support activities that, whether through existing partnerships between U.S. institutions and their Chinese counterparts or through new ties, help explain American culture to the people of China. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing seeks to ensure that programming is representative of the depth and breadth of U.S. culture, values, polices, and history. Deadline: February 28

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.

The National Science Foundation has issued an RFP for Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI).  The objective of the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) program is to develop and deploy security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. This solicitation seeks unique ways to protect scientific instruments, resources, cyberinfrastructure and data that extend beyond building better perimeters and point solutions.  CICI consists of two program areas:  1)  Secure and Resilient Architecture - encourages novel and trustworthy architectural and design approaches, models and frameworks for the creation of a holistic, integrated security environment that spans the entire CI ecosystem; and 2)  Regional Cybersecurity Collaboration - seeks to build regional centers for security community building through leadership and outreach activities at institutions and consortia whose expertise and resources in security can be leveraged and applied to other local and regional institutions.  The full program announcement may be found at

For this opportunity, Purdue can submit up to two proposals.

Internal deadlines are as follows:

  • Monday, February 8: Preproposals due to the EVPRP (see attached template).
  • Monday, February 15: Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • April 19, 2016: NSF deadline.

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.

ED Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad and Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Programs The notices inviting applications will be posted on the program webpages when the competitions begin accepting applications, expected to happen yet in January.

As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty.  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.