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ENE Memo: July 20, 2015

From the Head: 7/20

Set the Pace: Program Priorities for 2015/16

The second goal pointed to by our Strategic Compass is: Set the Pace in Innovative Programs. The full version of this goal reads; "to offer a full suite of undergraduate and graduate programs that set the global standard in engineering education grounded on and contributing to cutting edge scholarship and research".

For the coming year, 2015/16, I believe there are three priorities linked to this goal;  

  1. Complete ENGR 131/132 update via intellectual curators
  2. Implement new MDE course sequence
  3. Review, refine and grow the graduate program  

In the Spring 2014, we began a process of reviewing the operation of the two core first year courses, ENGR 131/132. These two innovative courses were created in 2009 as a means to introduce team-based, active learning into the first-year engineering experience. ENGR 131/132 were the first large scale implementations of such a pedagogy at Purdue and these courses influenced the subsequent formation of Purdue's IMPACT program in 2011. 

Having operated for five years, the time was right for a review of these two courses as part of a continuous improvement process (Kaizen). Additional motivations included feedback from students on the demands of the course, the impact of the ever-increasing number of first-year students over the intervening years, and the need to complete the process of making this a truly "flipped-classroom."  In essence the goals of the review were to ensure the outcomes of the two courses, the enduring understandings and the things that were important to know were simple and clear and that the learning experiences, were appropriate and aligned with these.

The resultant changes have been well received by students and instructors alike. There is more refinement to be done, especially in ENGR 132, and this will occur this year. This process will be guided by a group of four to five faculty for each course in the role of "intellectual curators” who work with the Instructional Support Staff in the FYE Ops Center.  

Last year we approved some significant refinements to the curriculum for the Multidisciplinary Engineering program. The purpose was to create a more integrated "professional spine" across the degree. This spine commences in first-year where we provide a foundation in teaming and professional habits of mind. To help broaden their perspectives, the students have the option of taking Engineering in a Global Context in their sophomore year.

In the fall of their junior year they have a Professional Preparation seminar and in the spring, a course on engineering data analysis (applied statistics). Currently many MDE students take our 500 level Cognitive Engineering course although we plan to introduce a junior design experience. Starting this Fall, seniors will take the second Professional Development seminar (moved from the Spring to better align with IR) and most will also take our decision making (applied engineering economics) course and new design methodology course. These latter two courses provide a set of processes and tools to be used in the capstone design project in the Fall.    

Our graduate program in engineering education has been extraordinarily successful over its first ten years. By this Fall, we will have graduated 59 PhDs and five Masters. The original PhD program was designed in Fall 2004 and approved by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education the following Spring and operationalized in Fall 2005. Since then there have been a number of changes and improvements to the curriculum and an evolution in individual course offerings. A unique and enduring feature of our ground-breaking program has been the centrality of the ten graduate competencies and need to develop a personal portfolio. We need to ensure that the spirit of this defining feature is reflected in our practices.  

For a range of reasons the time is right for us to review the graduate program and make further refinements as appropriate. With the relatively large number of graduations over the past year or so, the number currently in the program, including the new 2015 cohort, is down on what it has been. We need to actively grow the program, both in numbers and in the range of course offerings. These are both critical priorities for 2015/16.

Another milestone in the development of the graduate program will be the implementation of the Graduate Certificate Program in Engineering Education this year. This program will enable PhD students in the other engineering schools at Purdue to develop vital skills and knowledge on teaching and learning based on scholarship and research. This is a real game changer as Purdue Engineering strives to place a larger percentage of its PhDs in faculty careers. This is a practical way in which the research and scholarly work of ENE adds direct value to the College and to Purdue at large. 

We have every right to be extremely proud of what we have achieved in creating innovative, world class programs thus far. Nevertheless we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. Through continuous improvement we can enrich the learning experience of our students whilst being more efficient in the teaching we undertake.

It behooves us to thoroughly document and disseminate all that we have achieved in course and curricular innovation across our three programs. In doing so, we need to be more effective at communicating to our peers at Purdue and beyond the significance and impact of these achievements. 


Calendar: 7/20


  • July 21-24: 2015 INSPIRE Summer Academy, WANG 3520/70B/64 (Simulation Class Rooms)
  • Aug 7: ENGR 132, 8 week module ends 
  • Aug 8: Commencement
  • Aug 15: ENE End-of-Summer Potluck, Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1, 4-9pm


  • Aug 19: ENE Faculty Advance (incl. visit by Provost) , WANG 3501, 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Aug 24: Classes commence
  • Aug 27: ENE Research Seminar ARMS BO71 3:30pm (Weekly) 
  • Aug 28: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30, TBD
  • Sept 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 2: Assistant Professor meet with Head, 10:30-11:30am, WANG 3501  
  • Sept 7: Labor Day
  • Sept 9: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 16: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 19: Family Day
  • Sept 30: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Sept 30: Associate Professors meet with Head, 10:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Oct 4/5: Big Ten + Grad Expo
  • Oct 12/13: Fall Break
  • Oct 16: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, TBD 
  • Oct 28: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Oct 28/29: ENE Grad Program Open House
  • Nov 4: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov 7: Homecoming
  • Nov 13: ENE Industrial Advisory Council, 8:00am-3pm, WANG 3501
  • Nov 18: Faculty-PhD Student Matching, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov 26/27: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501

News and Information: 7/20

Wang Hall Parking Restrictions to be Enforced

With the new restaurants, Another Broken Egg and Stacked Pickle, opening in a week or two, parking restrictions will be enforced.

The parking in the lot behind Wang Hall is for retail customers of Purdue Federal, Another Broken Egg, and Stacked Pickle ONLY. The authorities will be putting up additional signage letting everyone know that if they park in this private parking and are not a customer of these retail business, they will be towed at their expense. There will also be only 1 hour parking regardless if they are a customer. With all the cameras outside the building, and inside Wang Hall, every effort will be made to tow only those cars that ignore the warnings.

Kudos: 7/20

.. to Farshid Marbouti on winning the Duncan Fraser Award  for the Best Student paper at REES 2015 which was held in Dublin last week. The award was made at the conference dinner. 

Funding Opportunities: 7/20

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  U.S.-China Joint Research Projects in Environmental Sustainability  This call is for research proposals from joint U.S. - China teams in two environmental sustainability topic areas:  Topic 1. Combustion Related to Sustainable Energy; and Topic 2. Urban Water Sustainability.  Every proposal must include the participation of researchers from at least one U.S. institution and at least one institution in China.  A critical evaluation factor will be the extent to which the proposal articulates a compelling rationale for why the proposed research project is significantly better than a comparable research project that could be pursued by a U.S. team working without such a collaboration. Another evaluation factor will concern the quality of collaboration and leveraging by the joint team compared to the U.S. and China researchers working separately. Deadline:  Submission window October 1 – October 20.

NSF Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research  The IBSS competition promotes the conduct of interdisciplinary research by teams of investigators in the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on support for research that involves researchers from multiple SBE disciplinary fields and that integrates scientific theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple SBE disciplinary fields. Emphasis also is placed on the significance of expected intellectual contributions that are likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will enhance theoretical perspectives and advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple SBE disciplinary fields. Researchers are especially encouraged to submit proposals for research on one of the following three broadly defined topics: Population Change; Sources and Consequences of Disparities; and Technology, New Media, and Social Networks.  Deadline:  December 1.

EDA Innovative Metrics for Economic Development – Proof of Concept Study  EDA seeks applications to develop and test measures, metrics, indicators, and methodologies to help the agency more effectively assess, evaluate, and report on the full impact of its economic development investments on regional economies across the Nation. Proposals must discuss how robust indicators and metrics will be identified; establish appropriate program metrics for EDA investments and validate the statistical relationship between grant outputs and outcomes (capacity building) and realized (economic growth, competitiveness and sustainability) outcomes. EDA is particularly interested in appropriate program metrics for non-construction, innovation-supporting programs. Models must include testing on EDA grantees, an impact analysis design and how a valid statistical methodology will corroborate that the proposed metric model works. All metrics should be consistent with EDA’s logic model.  Deadline:  August 21.

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Senior Scientist Mentor Program  The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation supports emeritus faculty who maintain active research programs with undergraduates in the chemical sciences. The Senior Scientist Mentor Program provides an award of $20,000 over two years for undergraduate stipends and modest research support. Faculty with emeritus status on or before October 2014, and who maintain active research programs in the chemical sciences, may apply to the program. More than one application per department or institution is permitted.  Deadline:  September 10.

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:  NSF Management and Operation of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory (ICNO)  The ICNO Management and Operation (M&O) activity constitutes the human interaction and labor needed to keep the ICNO physical infrastructure operational, to manage detector operational parameters that serve the science as defined by the IceCube Collaboration, to conduct data management and data reduction activities as a service to the Collaboration, to coordinate the contributions of in-kind labor or services contributed by members of the Collaboration, and to manage the Common Fund. The ICNO is located at the U.S. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, where it is operated under the auspices of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP).  Only one application is allowed per institution.

Limited Submission:  NIH Claude E. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30) This FOA supports applications for Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs), centers of excellence in geriatrics research and research education. The OAIC awards are designed to develop or strengthen awardee institutions programs that focus and sustain progress on a key area in aging research. Only one application is allowed per institution.


Internal Deadline: Contact by August 3

Sponsor Deadline:  September 21 – LOI; October 21 - Application


Limited Submission:  NIH Bridges to the Doctorate (R25)  This FOA encourages applications from institutions that propose to enhance the pool of master’s degree students from underrepresented backgrounds who are trained and available to participate in NIH-funded research. This initiative promotes partnerships/consortia between colleges or universities granting a terminal master’s degree with institutions that offer the doctorate degree. The program expects that the joint efforts of doctorate degree-granting and master’s degree-granting institutions will foster the development of a well-integrated institutional program that will provide students with the necessary academic preparation and skills to enable their transition and successful completion of the Ph.D. degree in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Only one application is allowed per institution.

Limited Submission:  HHS-NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)   The goal of the NINDS Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (NDACDRW) is to support mission relevant development and/or implementation of programs to: (1) increase the pool of Ph.D.-level research scientists from diverse backgrounds underrepresented  in biomedical research who are neuroscience researchers- participation is limited to graduate, post-doctoral and/or junior-faculty career levels only; and (2) facilitate career advancement/transition of the participants to the next step of their neuroscience careers.   Only one application is allowed per institution.

NIH Nanomaterials Health Implications Research (NHIR): Comprehensive Evaluation of Interactions between Engineered Nanomaterials and Biological System (U01)  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks applications for research projects as part of NHIR. These research projects will investigate interactions between ENMs and biological systems to generate comprehensive biological response profiles for ENMs that will be provided by Engineered nanomaterials Resource and Coordination Core (ERCC).  This consortium will generate biological response profiles for a select set of ENMs representing the landscape of nanotechnology applications. The research projects to be funded through this FOA will contribute to long range goals of the NIEHS Nano EHS program. Only one application is allowed per institution.

  • Internal Deadline: Contact by August 3
  • Sponsor Deadline:  October 30 – LOI; November 30 – Application.

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.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA:  Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Powertrain Electrification and Dual Fuel Fleet Demonstration


NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  Communication about Automated Compliance Checking and Proposal Submission

As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty.  Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions

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