Skip navigation

ENE Memo: June 1, 2015

From the Head: 6/1

Thank You Mike

I want to thank Mike Loizzo for bringing a new dimension to ENE communications, notable the use of video as a key medium. Building on his radio background Mike created a whole series of thoughtful interviews with ENE visitors over the past two years plus he made a number of very helpful short documentaries on teaching and research activities in ENE. It is a pity that we did not have the time to develop this work to its full potential. Nevertheless I hope we can continue to grow this aspect of our communications in the future. Mike helped us to celebrate our tenth anniversary in style. He laid the foundation for the new web page design (due out sometime later this year).

You will get to see some more of his work over the coming weeks as his series of interviews with ENE staff and faculty continues.

From the many comments I have heard, I know that folks here have really enjoyed working with Mike and will miss him and his easy going style. We wish Mike the very best as he gets settled in Nebraska. We all look forward to seeing what he gets up to next.

Those attending ASEE in Seattle later this month will get the opportunity to say hi to Mike at the exhibition booth as he does his very last ENE gig.

Over the next month (or so) I will be managing the ENE Memo.


Calendar: 6/1


  • June 15-July 10:  STAR  (Student Transition, Advising and Registration), FYE Advising area 
  • June 15: ENGR 132, 8 week module begins,  
  • June 15-18: ASEE Annual Conference, Seattle
  • June 17-18: PEER Workshop, Seattle
  • July 3: Independence Day (observed), university holiday
  • 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
  • Oct 1: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
  • Oct 1: 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: 6/1


If you are attending ASEE in Seattle and can volunteer some of your time at the ENE booth, please sign up on the sheet at Julie Russell's desk.

ENE Profile

Name: Lynn Hegewald

Job: Instructional support coordinator, First-Year Engineering

What is the scope of your job? My job involves supporting and coordinating FYE courses in the i2i Labs. This includes working with faculty to develop course materials and assignments; setting up and managing Blackboard and other technologies, like Hotseat; and communicating essential information to faculty and teaching assistants so they can do their jobs effectively. I am also heavily involved in training both our graduate and undergraduate TAs.  

What’s a job priority for you right now/what big project are you working on? Over the summer, my two main priorities are 1) to get as much of the course materials for ENGR 131 in the fall finalized and in Blackboard before the semester begins; and 2) to prepare for training our 12 graduate TAs and approximately 100 peer teachers and graders before the semester begins (because our operations are administratively and logistically complex, this is no small task!)

What’s the best part of your job or working in ENE? I enjoy being around our students, but I also love developing course materials and finding ways to implement new technologies in the classroom that help our students learn and improve their experiences in FYE. Another best part is the ability to be creative and implement new ideas and improvements related to our operations.   

What hobbies or activities are you involved in outside of work? Walking my dogs, exercising, working in my yard, reading, cooking, spending time with my family (husband Glenn; daughter Rachel, age 22, who is a nursing student at IU; sons Andrew, age 18, who will be an FYE student in the fall, and Jonathan, age 16, who is a sophomore at Harrison High School).

Since January 2014, I have been working on a master’s degree in education from Purdue, specifically in learning design and technology. I have about ten weeks to go before I am finished!

What motivates you to work hard? One thing that motivates me to work hard is that WE ARE PURDUE. We are a world-class university and should expect no less than a world-class First-Year Engineering program. This is what I strive for every day.

What is your favorite family vacation? My husband Glenn is from Vancouver, Washington, so we’ve had some very enjoyable and memorable family vacations to the Pacific Northwest. I love the natural beauty of the area – rivers, waterfalls, mountains, beaches, etc. If time and money were no object, I’d love to travel out west for a few weeks to visit all the national parks I’ve never been to.

Next week's profile: Anna Douglas

Summer Communications Workshops (for grad students)

Joanne Lax (CoE Graduate Technical Communications Specialist) is running a series of summer noncredit communications workshops for graduate students.

A complete description of the various workshops and registration information can be found at

Please take advantage of these workshops

Kudos: 6/1

… to Senay Purzer and Molly Goldstein who will provide a workshop, Utilizing Solar Energy to Live Sustainably, to 11 high school students and 5 high school teachers as part of the Duke Energy Academy on June 24th 2015 . Purdue’s Duke Energy Academy received the Duke Difference Maker award this year:

… to Qin Zhu, Brent K. Jesiek, and Yu Gong on publication of Past/forward policy-making: transforming Chinese engineering education since the Reform and Opening-up, in History of Education: Journal of the History of Education Society

… to Senay Purzer, Molly Goldstein, Robin Adams, Charles Xie, and Saeid Nouri on publication of "An exploratory study of informed engineering design behaviors associated with scientific explanations."

Funding Opportunities: 6/1

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)  With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of a PhD, the Directorate for CISE will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists in their first two years in a primary academic position after the PhD, but not more than a total of five years after completion of their PhD. Deadline: September 30

DOE Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) The STEP FOA will support many activities in solar training and education. Firstly, it will support coordination among the Solar Training Network, military bases, and the solar industry. Secondly, it will establish new credentials in solar operations & maintenance and mid-scale installations. Next, this FOA will enable solar training and education for professionals in indirect and related fields such as real estate, finance, insurance, fire and code enforcement, and state regulations. Concept papers due June 26; Applications due August 14.

NASA Early Stage Innovations (ESI) This program seeks proposals from universities on specific space technologies that are currently at low Technology Readiness Levels.  The topics requested are: Payload Technologies for Assistive Free-Flyers; Robotic Mobility Technologies for the Surfaces of Icy Moons; Integrated Photonics for Space Optical Communication; Discrete Cellular Materials Assembly, Repair, and Reconfiguration; Computationally Guided Structural Nanomaterials Design; Atmospheric Entry Modeling Development Using Irion EFT-1 Flight Data; and High Voltage PMAD Electronics for Space Applications. Notice of Intent due June 12; Proposal due July 10.

Best Buy Foundation Community Grants The Foundation will donate funds to organizations that create hands-on learning opportunities for underserved teens to engage them in learning, experimenting, and interacting with the latest technologies to build 21st century skills. The overall goal is to provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. Programs should help teens build 21st century skills by utilizing cutting-edge technology in a wide range of areas including (but not limited to): Audio production (including music mixing & recording), Coding/3D printing, Computer maintenance and repair, Digital photography/graphic design, Filmmaking & videography, Maker faires/hack-a-thons, Mobile & game app development, Programming, Robotics, and Web site design. Deadline: June 29

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

To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact David Radcliffe by midday Friday for the following week's issue.