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ENE Memo: January 7, 2013

From the Head: 1/7

This promises to be an exciting semester with significant developments.  

The brand-new FYE Operations (Ops) Center located next to the i2i Learning Lab is up and running—go check it out! Joining the student learning support team is Patrick La Petina. This increases the size of the team to four: Jim, Lynn, Patrick and Rick. Jeff Myers has joined the FYE Academic Advisor team. As part of a process of continuously improving the ways we deploy the school's finite resources to best serve our students, I anticipate additional new staff joining us over the coming months. The school will also be hiring several new faculty this semester for start in August. The implementation plan for strategic growth in engineering will be completed by May. We are entering a period of growth and development similar to that which occurred in the period 2005-2009.

Together we have achieved extraordinary things for which we can be rightly proud. We have also experienced frustrations and had disappointments. My hope is that together we will realize the enormous future potential of our school, not only in terms of what we could accomplish in material achievements and recognition but also in becoming a place where we all want to be and others want to join; a place that energizes people, fosters community, pays forward and inspires others. As a relatively new school, we draw heavily on the rich history and legacy of those pioneers who came before us, going back to the origins of Freshman Engineering in 1953 and Interdisciplinary Engineering in 1969.  We should take time out to acknowledge and to thank those co-workers who have helped each of us to work through the frustrations and to rise above the disappointments and thereby enabled us—individually and collectively—to achieve and to be successful. 


"Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna--or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out." --Barbara Walters

Calendar: 1/7

Spring 2013

  • Jan 7:   Classes commence
  • Jan 10: ENE Research Seminar commences (3:30-4:20)
  • Jan 16: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • 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)

Kudos: 1/7

.... to Matt Ohland (PI) and Monica Cardella (CoPI) on the award of an NSF grant of $271,081 to support Noah Salzman's dissertation research, "Measuring the Effects of Precollege Engineering on the Experience of Engineering Students."

.... to Senay Purzer (PI), Matt Ohland and Dan Ferguson (Co-PIs) on the award of an NSF collaborative grant, "Identifying and Assessing Key Factors of Engineering Innovativeness," jointly with Dr. Kathryn Jablokow at Penn State. Total value: $578,603 (Purdue's share $302,396).

News and Information: 1/7

Welcome New Members to our ENE Team

Please welcome Patrick La Petina (Instructional Support Coordinator) and Jeff Myers (FYE Academic Advisor) to our School.

Patrick La Petina is our new Instructional Support Coordinator as part of the First-Year Engineering teaching team. His office will be in the First-Year Engineering Operations (Ops) Center, in ARMS B122 (Jim Whitford and Lynn Hegewald have also moved into the FYE Ops-Center). Patrick brings several years of experience in the First-Year Engineering (FYE) program to our team, as he has served as both a Peer Teacher and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in First-Year Engineering. Patrick also has extensive experience in the Artisan and Fabrication Lab (AFL), and in addition to his duties in FYE, he will lead the CAD/CAM activities for the AFL. Patrick is a two-time Purdue alum, having just completed his master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering in December 2012 (BS-AAE from Purdue in 2010), and he gained industrial experience at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

Jeff Myers has joined the First-Year Engineering Academic Advising team. Jeff has a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University, where he also worked as a Placement Test Administrator and a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. Jeff has experience at Ball State with advising, student development, recruitment, program planning, and student orientation. Jeff’s office is located in ARMS 1350. 

Please drop by their respective offices and welcome Patrick and Jeff to our team.

People Moving On

Dr. Teri Reed-Rhoads and Dr. PK Imbrie have moved to Texas A&M to take up new academic positions there linked to a new institute for innovation in engineering education. Kristin Deckard has moved to Mechanical Engineering to take up an academic advising role there and Randy Fonner is seeking new opportunities. We wish them all the very best in their future pursuits. 

One Community Events

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion’s 8-part series “One Community: The Danger of a Single Story” continues this semester, providing an opportunity for faculty and staff to hear and learn from the lived experiences of multicultural members of Purdue’s community. Too often in our society, our knowledge of “the other” (those different from ourselves) is greatly informed by the barrage of stereotypical images found in the media. Without the opportunity for authentic exchange and dialogue, the mediated images become our safe, convenient and unquestioned truth about “the other.” The goal of the series is to increase cultural awareness through dialogue as we provide more than a single story.

This series complements the Division’s 2012 theme of Identity, as our sense of self is created in part by our social, cultural or ethnic group memberships. Each session will have a panel who share a common group identity. Sessions will begin at 11:30AM and conclude at 1:00PM and requires a separate registration. Light refreshments will be served. ***Please watch this video before attending any of these events:

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