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ENE Memo: January 28, 2013

From the Head: 1/28

Stories are a powerful yet personal way to articulate and communicate who we are as a community. Stories penetrate much deeper than the data we often use to explain to the world what we do; charts don’t capture the human story behind our individual and collective achievements. Stories embody those things that really make us tick; they examine the meaning behind what we do. This truth was very clear as we worked on the video that Mike and Carol Gray are producing to help us celebrate the tenth anniversary of our school in 2013-14. Stories are the narrative for this video.

Over the next year, as we approach our anniversary, I encourage us to share and collect stories that are the essence of ENE for each of us. There will be many stories, not necessarily all in alignment, but that is the nature of human experience. It would also be instructive to gather up artifacts that have particular meaning for some aspect of the school from its past, going back to freshman engineering and the interdisciplinary engineering program, and the transition to ENE, as well as its present. We must ensure that all these are collected and preserved in the archives for the school (to be housed in Purdue libraries) - a time capsule of this pioneering decade of challenge, change and achievement. Ideas on imaginative and fun ways to capture these stories and artifacts will be gratefully received.


"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live." - Mae Jemison

Calendar: 1/28


Spring 2013

  • Jan 31: ENE Research Seminar: Theory Choice in Cosmology: The Case of the Inflationary Model
  • Feb 7: ENE Research Seminar: INSPIRE
  • Feb 13: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • Feb 17-23: National Engineers Week
  • Feb 20: Engineering Education Outstanding Alumni Awards
  • Mar 5:   Distinguished Speaker Series - Professor Jim Duderstadt
  • Mar 6:   Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • Mar 26: Distinguished Speaker Series  - Professor Dan Mote
  • Mar 27: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • April 5:  Faculty Excellence Awards
  • April 8-9: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: ENE's Second Decade
  • April 10: Distinguished Speaker Series - Norm Augustine
  • April 24: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • May 8-9: ENE Advance (9-4) - ENE's Second Decade

Fall 2013

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

News and Information: 1/28

OVPR Workshop:  Working with Industry, Patents & Licensing, and Business Start-ups

This workshop will focus on industry partnerships, technology transfer and business development. John Schneider, assistant vice president for industry research, will discuss the unique concerns and considerations when working with industry partners as well as the resource in place at Purdue to help faculty develop these relationships.

Libby Hart-Wells, assistant vice president and director of the Office of Technology Commercialization, will present on patents, licensing and commercialization of technology, including business start-ups. Faculty will learn how the technology transfer process works and when to contact OTC for assistance. For those interested in starting a business around their research, Dr. Hart-Wells will discuss resources available to assist such endeavors and how programs such as SBIR/STTR can be leveraged.

A panel of faculty members will then share their experiences in these areas and answer questions from the audience.  The workshop is free but registration is required as lunch will be provided.

WorkLife Programs services to integrate with new Center for Healthy Living

Services provided by WorkLife Programs will be consolidated into the Center for Healthy Living when it opens in late February. Most WorkLife Programs staff will become employees of the center. Mindy Paulet, WorkLife Programs manager, will continue to work for Human Resources and will serve as Purdue's interface with the Center for Healthy Living, among other duties.

The integration of services will support the holistic, team approach that's at the heart of the Center for Healthy Living. To offer the best opportunity for the client's wellness success, the Center for Healthy Living staff will refer clients to appropriate programs and services offered by the center. 

In addition to primary care, treatment of common illnesses and laboratory service, the Center for Healthy Living will offer services such as employee assistance, nutrition counseling, wellness and lifestyle management, medication therapy management and behavioral health.

"The efforts of WorkLife Programs staff over the years have helped move Purdue toward a culture of health and wellness," says Luis E. Lewin, vice president for human resources. "I'm very proud of what has been accomplished, and I look forward to everything the Center for Healthy Living will achieve on behalf of Purdue employees."

For more information on the Center for Healthy Living and the services it will provide, go to

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