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ENE Memo: January 4, 2016

From the Head: 01/04/2016

Welcome Back 

Happy New Year and welcome back after the Purdue winter recess! 

Let us resolve to be the best that we can be in 2016.

As ever there are lots of exciting things happening this semester, so stay tuned.  We are still working through a series of continuous improvement projects associated with each of our three programs; please give every assistance you can with these initiatives so that we can improve the student experience.  

Please join me in welcoming the following people who will commence new roles in ENE this spring.

Janet Meek is joining the FYE Operations Center as an Instructional Support Coordinator. Her educational background is in languages, library and information sciences and she brings diverse experience working in libraries, learning resources and training and administration using a wide variety of software tools. Janet takes up duties on Jan 11. 

Dr. Isabel Jimenez-Useche has been appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education from January 2016 to December 2017. Isabel earned her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Purdue in 2013. For the past two years she been working as a post-doctoral fellow in ENE conducting research on aspects of our FYE courses, focused on the experience of international students. Her office is WANG 4564.

Dr. Brie Dorie will be a post-doctoral researcher working with Dr. Moore. Brie earned her PhD in Engineering Education at Purdue in 2015 studying engineering parents’ occupational knowledge, attitudes and beliefs. This past fall she has been an instructor in ENGR 131. Her new office will be ARMS 1223.

Dr. Annwesa Dasgupta joins ENE as a post-doctoral researcher working with Dr. Purzer. Annwesa earned her PhD in Biological Sciences from Purdue studying how students think about experimental design in the biological sciences. Her office will also be ARMS 1223.

Dr. Yin Wang, who will be a Visiting Scholar in ENE from January through to July working with Brent Jeisek. Dr Wang is from the Institute of Education, Beijing Institute of Technology.  Her office will be ARMS 1225.

News and Information: 01/04/2016

Feedback sought on draft Purdue Digital Education Plan

The six-page draft of the Purdue Digital Education Action Plan is available for review and feedback.

An Open Session is scheduled from 1:30-3 p.m. Jan. 13 in Room 131 of the Hall for Discovery and Learning Research, 207 S. Martin Jischke Drive, in Discovery Park. Please register to attend, online or in-person.

Calendar: 01/04/2016

Spring 2016 

  • Jan 4: Faculty return
  • Jan 11: Classes begin
  • Jan 15: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 14: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:30pm, ARMS BO71 (Weekly)
  • Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • 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

Funding Opportunities: 01/04/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF/USDA Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the food, energy, and water (FEW) nexus in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. NSF and USDA/NIFA are interested in promoting international cooperation that links scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines and organizations to solve the significant global challenges at the nexus of food, energy and water systems. Deadline: March 22

NSF International Research Network Connections (IRNC): Europe and Africa The IRNC program supports high-performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community. High-performance network connections funded by this program are intended to support science and engineering research and education applications, and preference will be given to solutions that provide the best economy of scale and demonstrate the ability to support the largest communities of interest with the broadest services. Deadline: March 17

DOD-DARPA Strategic Technologies Office BAA DARPA is seeking ideas and disruptive technologies that offer the potential for significant capability improvement across the Strategic Technology Office focus areas. This includes system and technology development related to Battle Management, Command and Control; Communications and Networks; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; Electronic Warfare; Positioning, Navigation and Timing; Maritime Systems; and Foundational Strategic Technologies. Technologies and systems of particular interest would address challenges of operating in contested, denied, and/or austere environments. Proposals accepted through 12/21/16.

ED National Professional Development Program The purpose of these grants is to support professional development activities that will improve classroom instruction for English Learners (ELs) and assist educational personnel working with such children to meet high professional standards, including standards for certification and licensure for teachers who work in language instruction educational programs to serve ELs.  Notice of Intent due December 31; Applications due February 19.

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: NEA Challenge America The Challenge America grant offers support for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. This category encourages and supports the following objective: Engagement – engaging the public with diverse and excellent art. Purdue may only submit one Challenge America or Art Works (see last week’s funding email) proposal.

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.


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