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ENE Memo: July 6, 2015

From the Head: 7/6

ENE Strategic Compass

The Strategic Plan for our school was developed over a 12-month period beginning in fall 2007, a critical point in the history of this new School. The process involved extensive consultation with our internal and external stakeholders and pivoted on the Strategic Advance held in January 2008, which engaged the School and its stakeholders in a process of appreciative inquiry. Our strategic plan’s development coincided with the development of the strategic plans for Purdue University and for the College of Engineering.

The specifics of the plan covered the period 2009-2014. As we are now well into 2015, this would seem to imply that we need to embark on a new strategic plan. However the preamble to the plan wisely states, “Although we expect the fundamentals—our vision, mission, values, and goals—to remain constant, we fully affirm that this plan is a living document, one that can change in its specifics as circumstances warrant”.

Accordingly, last September I began referring to the continuation of the fundamentals of this plan in terms of the ENE Strategic Compass. The idea is that the general direction of the school is well established and that this direction is adequately captured in our vision, mission, values and goals. To help with this metaphor, the attached figure provides a visual depiction, taking ENE as East-North-East on the compass dial - our True North as a school. 

Over the coming weeks I will review the key tenants of the ENE Strategic Compass and use these to set out a series of strategic priorities for 2015/16 based on the original four goals of the Plan.



Calendar: 7/6


  • June 15-July 10: STAR  (Student Transition, Advising and Registration), FYE Advising area 
  • July 15: College of Engineering Graduate Picnic, Purdue Memorial Mall, 4:00-7:00pm  
  • July 21-23: Teacher Workshop, WANG 3520/70B/64 (Simulation Class Rooms)
  • Aug 7: ENGR 132, 8 week module ends, ARMS
  • 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: 7/6

Preeminent Teams Competition 2015

The final College of Engineering Preeminent Teams competition will take place this fall.

In each of the past two years, four teams have been selected for investments of faculty lines, resources, and space (2013 winners; 2014 winners). As we enter the final years of the five-year plan to expand Engineering, it is expected that fewer teams will be selected in the 2015 competition than in previous years. 

The deadline for registering your team to pitch is Friday, August 28, 2015. This year’s Round 1 pitches will take place on Thursday, September 10, 2015; Round 2 will take place on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Pitches will be open to the Purdue Engineering public, so plan to come, pitch, participate, and learn. 

Details about registering your team, criteria, guidelines, and FAQs for pitches are on the Preeminent Teams intranet site

We can include a discussion of prospective Preeminent Team proposals at the ENE Faculty Advance on August 19.

Professional Development Opportunities for Graduate Students

This is a reminder of the ongoing series of "Summer Communications Workshops" on a variety of things related to writing, publishing and preparing for future careers. You need to register online for the workshops.

There are also going to be more workshops in the fall on topics including Preparing for a Job Fair, Professional Etiquette, Writing Cover Letters, and Writing Resumes, so please plan ahead.

There is also a very valuable set of resources on the College Graduate Program site that maps engineering professional development experiences outlined in the PDF entitled "Identifying Professional Development Experiences" to opportunities and resources at Purdue University. The experiences and/or skills described are useful for future engineering professionals and faculty with advanced engineering degrees to begin a successful engineering career. (This mapping was done by a former ENE graduate student Velvet Fitzpatrick).

Kudos: 7/6 Cindey Hayes and Dianne Bell on receiving the first Bravo Awards for ENE. CONGRATULATIONS. Purdue’s Bravo Award Program serves to recognize the excellence in employees across the University. It is an after-the-fact discretionary award program, designed to provide recognition for substantial accomplishments. Allison Godwin and Geoff Potvin (Florida International University) on publication of their paper “Fostering Female Belongingness in Engineering through the Lens of Critical Engineering Agency” in the International Journal of Engineering Education, 31(4),pp 938-952.

Funding Opportunities: 7/6

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE:EHR) The IUSE: EHR program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation. Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (i) Exploration and Design and (ii) Development and Implementation. Exploration and Design tier proposals due November 3; Development and Implementation tier proposals due January 13.

NSF Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) The ABI program seeks to encourage new approaches to the analysis and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public. The ABI program is especially interested in the development of informatics tools and resources that have the potential to advance or transform research in biology supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. The ABI program accepts three major types of proposals: Innovation awards, Development awards, and Sustaining awards. Deadline: September 22

NSF CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) The SFS program seeks proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development. The Scholarship Track provides funding to award scholarships to students in cybersecurity. The Capacity Track seeks innovative proposals leading to an increase in the ability of the U.S. higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals. Scholarship track due September 25; Capacity track due December 18.

USDA-RMA Risk Management Education Partnerships Program The purpose of this program is to deliver crop insurance education and risk management training to U.S. agricultural producers to assist them in identifying and managing production, marketing, legal, financial, and human risk. The program gives priority to: (1) educating producers of crops currently not insured under Federal crop insurance, specialty crops, and underserved commodities, including livestock and forage; and (2) providing collaborative partnerships to develop and deliver crop insurance education and other risk management training. Deadline: August 14

USDA-NIFA Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program  NIFA requests applications for the Food and Agricultural National Needs Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program for FY15 to provide traineeship programs to eligible institutions for meeting the national need to develop scientific and professional expertise in the Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences, through graduate level training programs. Deadline: August 19

DOS American Cultural Centers and Cultural Programming in the People’s Republic of China PAS invites U.S. post-secondary accredited institutions of higher learning and not-for-profit organizations to submit proposals for the establishment of an American Cultural Center (ACC) through an existing partnership with a Chinese institution and/or comprehensive U.S. cultural-related programming at space provided by a Chinese partner institution as needed. The ACCs' goal is to provide a space to create a community and interactions that allow Chinese audiences to better understand the United States, its culture, society, government, language, law, economic system, and values. The ACCs seek to address the broad spectrum of responsible U.S. opinions in a climate of academic freedom and open-ended inquiry. Deadline: July 31

ED Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education The purpose of the TPSID Program is to support model demonstration programs that promote the successful transition of students with intellectual disabilities into higher education and to enable institutions of higher education (IHEs), or consortia of IHEs, to create or expand high-quality, inclusive model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities.  Deadline: August 10

USAID Strengthening Civil Society Globally (SCS Global) Program  This RFA seeks applications from qualified organizations to provide support to civil society organizations, independent media and independent labor organizations (in presence and non-presence countries) to ensure citizens’ participation and inclusion and government’s transparency and accountability as well as integration of these principles into other sectors as they work with civil society.  Deadline: July 31

USAID Higher Education Partnerships for Innovation and Impact (HEPII) This Annual Program Statement (APS) announces opportunities for higher education institutions (HEI) to work with USAID to build partnerships around development challenges. This APS will be a flexible mechanism that promotes opportunities for leveraging HEI capabilities across USAID’s portfolio and its program cycle, and strengthens developing country HEI capabilities to respond to and solve critical development challenges, according to the country context.  Concept papers accepted through 6/29/16.

William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellows Grants The Distinguished Fellows Program encourages mid-career researchers to submit proposals that offer experiences working within policy and practice settings related to youth. Proposed Fellowships must fit the Foundation’s research interests of understanding and improving the everyday settings of youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States. Letters of Inquiry due August 4.

Spencer Foundation The New Civics Small Grant Program  The New Civics initiative invites research proposals that ask critical questions about how education can more effectively contribute to the civic development of young people. Our aim is not simply to increase the quantity of civic action, but also to improve the quality of young actors’ deliberations and participation, particularly by helping them to learn skills, knowledge, attitudes, and dispositions that support this quality. We wish to encourage research efforts aimed at three goals – action, quality, and equality. Deadline: August 20

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 Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) The program seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Awards should be used to fund scholarships, and to enhance and study effective curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, student success, and graduation in STEM.

The program will support up to $650,000 for Strand 1 - Institutional Capacity Building projects; and up to $1.0 million for Strand 2 - Design and Development Type 1 Single Institution projects. Of the total amount requested, at least 60% of the funds must support scholarships to low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need. Funds must be requested for high quality extant curriculum development and professional and workforce development activities that include the implementation and investigation of project activities and conducting project evaluation.

The program also will support Strand 2 - Design and Development Type 2 Multi-institutional Collaborative efforts up to $5 million to fund scholarships and the implementation and testing of a common set of curricular and co-curricular activities across institutions. The level of funding requested must be based on the focus, scope, and size of the effort. For these types of projects, at least 60% of the funds must support scholarships.

For this competition, Purdue may submit one proposal (either as a single institution OR as a multi-institutional Design and Development consortium) from each college that awards degrees in biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, computer and information sciences, geosciences, engineering, and technology areas associated with the preceding fields. For Strand 1 and Strand 2-Type 1, the PI must be a faculty member currently teaching in one of these discipline. For Strand 2-Type 2 (multi-institute), the PI must be a faculty member currently teaching in one of the disciplines or an educational or social science researcher who can provide the leadership required to ensure the success of the project and will accept overall management responsibility for the consortium.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, July 20: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, July 27: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadline:  September 22

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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