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ENE Memo: July 18, 2016

Kudos: 07/18/2016

to Monique Ross successfully defended her dissertation, A Unicorn’s Tale: Examining the Experiences of Black Women in Engineering Industry. Congratulations Dr. Ross!

to Nikitha Sambamurthy on successfully defended her dissertation, The Hiring Game: Invisible and Visible Diversity in the Assessment of Engineers’ Professional Skills. Congratulations Dr. Sambamurthy!

to Nick Fila, Tod Fernandez, Senay Purzer, and Austin Bohlin (UPRISE student) on receiving the Best Research Paper Award from the ASEE Entrepreneurship and Innovation Division for the paper titled, “Innovation and the Zone of Proximal Development in Engineering Education

News and Information: 07/18/2016

Book Launch - Save the Date

The Pictorial History of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue will be officially launched at an event in early September, featuring Dean Jamieson. Basic details are listed below; please mark in your calendars.

  • Date: Friday September 2
  • Time: 2:30-3:30pm
  • Place: Wang Hall, 3500 Research Commons  

‘Freeform Classroom’ could counter engineering’s sophomore slump (from Purdue Today, July 14)

New research aims to measure the effectiveness of a teaching approach that allows students in challenging engineering courses to access hundreds of instructional videos and animations while encouraging interaction with each other and faculty online.

The system, called the Purdue Mechanics Freeform Classroom, might help answer a national call by the U.S. Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to increase the number of engineering graduates by 10,000 annually.

“There is a need for more engineers in terms of quantity, but also in terms of quality,” said Jennifer DeBoer, an assistant professor of engineering education who is leading the research. “Graduates need to have the ability to collaborate and to be part of a cohesive and productive group.”

The Freeform Classroom could play a role in boosting the number and quality of engineering graduates, in part by helping sophomore-level students overcome daunting challenges in core engineering courses. (video available at

“The phrase sophomore slump has come into engineering education parlance,” DeBoer said.

The research was detailed in three papers that were presented during the American Society for Engineering Education’s Annual Conference & Exposition in June in New Orleans. Purdue faculty and students presented about 90 papers at the conference.

Edward Berger, a Purdue associate professor of engineering education and mechanical engineering, said students may find sophomore-level classes especially trying and are at greater risk of failing or withdrawing than at other times in their academic careers.

“Retention of engineering undergraduates, in particular during the sophomore and junior years, is a major national concern,” Berger said. “They are taking courses like statics and dynamics and thermodynamics, and the intensity and workload are just very high.”

The research is part of a project funded over four years with a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation and led by DeBoer, Berger and Jeffrey Rhoads, an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Read more here.

Calendar: 07/18/2016

Summer 2016

  • July 6-Aug 5: MEP-MITE Academic Bootcamp,  ARMS BO98 (8am-5pm)
  • July 11-Aug 12: Early Start Engineering program
  • Aug 11-13:  3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago
  • Aug 14: End-of-Summer Potluck, 5-8pm, Happy Hollow Park

Fall 2016

  • Aug 15: Faculty return
  • Aug 17: ENE Advance, 9:00-4:00pm, Wang Hall
  • Aug 18: Orientation for New ENE Grad Students, 8:30am-5pm, WANG 3501  
  • Aug 19: University / GradSchool Orientation for all grad students (TBD) 
  • Aug 22: Classes begin
  • Aug 25: ENE Research Seminar ARMS BO71 3:30pm (Weekly) 
  • Aug 26: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30, TBD
  • Aug 31: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Aug 31: Assistant Professors meet with Head, 10:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 2: Book Launch: A Pictorial History of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, 2:30-3:30pm, Wang Hall 3500 Research Commons
  • Sept 5: Labor Day
  • Sept 7: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 14: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 24: Family Day
  • Sept: 25/26: Big Ten + Grad Expo
  • Sept 28: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 28: Associate Professors meet with Head, 10:30-11:20, WANG 3501
  • Oct 12/13: Fall Break
  • Oct 14: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, TBD
  • Oct 15: Homecoming
  • Oct 20/21: ENE Grad Program Open House
  • Oct 26: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20am, WANG 3501
  • Nov 2: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:20, WANG 3501
  • Nov 10: ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium, 3:30-5:00pm, ARMS Atrium
  • Nov 11: ENE Industrial Advisory Council, 8:00am-3pm, WANG 3501
  • Nov 16: Faculty-PhD Student Matching, 9:30-11:20, WANG 3501
  • Nov 23-25: Thanksgiving
  • Nov 30: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20am, WANG 3501
  • Dec 10: Classes End
  • Dec 18: Commencement

Funding Opportunities: 07/18/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)   The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged.  Deadlines:  October 19 – Large & medium projects; November 16 – Small projects; December 15 – Cybersecurity education projects

NSF Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS):  Core Programs  IIS supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs:  The Cyber-Human Systems (CHS) program; The Information Integration and Informatics (III) program; and The Robust Intelligence (RI) program.  Proposals in the area of computer graphics and visualization may be submitted to any of the three core programs described above. Deadlines:  October 19 – Large & medium projects; November 16 – Small projects

NSF Computer and Network Systems (CNS):  Core Programs  CNS supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in two core programs:  Computer Systems Research (CSR) program and Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program.  Deadlines:  October 19 – Large & medium projects; November 16 – Small projects

NSF Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs  CCF supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs:  The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program; The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF )program; and The Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program. Deadlines:  October 19 – Large & medium projects; November 16 – Small projects

NSF/VMware Partnership on Software Defined Infrastructure as a Foundation of Clean-Slate Computing Security (SDI-CSCS)   The goal of this joint solicitation between NSF and VMware is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary research that spans systems, networking, and security with the aim of exploring and creating groundbreaking new approaches to security based on the concept of SDI. The program also aims to support a research community committed to advancing research and education at the confluence of SDI-CSCS technologies, and to transition research findings into practice.  Deadline:  October 5

NSF Partnerships for Innovation:  Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation (PFI:AIR-TT)  The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation serves as an early opportunity to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking. Eligible PIs must meet one of the following:  1) PI or co-PI on an NSF award  or an award that ended no more than 6 years prior to submission, or 2) PI or co-PI must have graduated as part of an NSF cohort from an NSF-funded National I-Corps program with the past three years. Deadlines:  September 8 – LOI; October 11 – Full proposal

NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  Change Makers  EHR invites innovative research and development proposals to advance STEM learning, while exploring solutions to multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary global challenges in either formal or informal settings for learners of all ages and prior educational experience, including learners traditionally under-represented in STEM. Research and development efforts should contribute to both the STEM and STEM education knowledge bases.  Deadline:  Varies by directorate

EPA Research Training Program for College and University Students  EPA-ORD seeks applications from eligible entities to enter into cooperative agreements with EPA that will provide training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students on-site at EPA-ORD research facilities located in Cincinnati, OH.  The training received under the mentorship of EPA scientists will complement the trainees' academic coursework. Some examples of the fields of study for desirable trainees include, but are not limited to, those majoring in chemistry, engineering, biology, computer science, physical science, life science, ecology, and urban planning.  Deadline:  August 16

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation  The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Deadline:  September 19.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health  E4A supports rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings regarding the population health, well-being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and partnerships. The foundation is especially interested in research examining the health impacts of programmatic or policy interventions that address factors outside the domain of health care services or public health practice.  Deadline:  On-going

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.

Procter & Gamble Higher Education Grant Program  The Procter & Gamble Fund Higher Education Grant Program has been established to provide support for efforts of regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities that will better prepare students for success in business. Based on the scope of the project, grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 will be awarded. Awards are for one year only.  Grants will be provided for specific projects or programs, not for operating support. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:  Improving curriculum to be at the cutting edge in relevance and effectiveness; Fostering and enabling leadership opportunities and learning; Creating a learning environment that encourages and enhances innovation and creativity; and Strengthening diversity in thought, participation and ongoing interaction. Purdue can submit two applications per college. 

NIH Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) (R25)  The over-arching goal of this NIGMS R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.  This FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on research experiences and courses for skills development. Applicants should directly address how the set of activities will enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce by discussing 1) the rationale underlying the balance of effort and resources dedicated to each activity; 2) how the three activities integrate; and 3) objective indicators that can measure the effectiveness of the program. Only one application per institution is allowed.

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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