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ENE Memo: June 13, 2016

From the Head: 06/13/2016


After weeks of preparation and training by the FYE Advising Team, Summer Transition, Advising and Registration or STAR commences today and runs through July 8.

Each first-year student plus a member(s) of their family attend campus for one day to get oriented, receive advising and to register for their fall classes. You can see the daily schedule here. This year we have a record number of first-year students to advise. It will be the Class of 2020.

While all domestic students are required to attend in person, an increasing number are seeking an exception. This means they have to be advised online, similar to what happens for international students. This adds to the organizational and advising load.    

So over the coming weeks, you will see large numbers of new students and their parents wondering around campus with about a quarter of them passing through ARMS 1300 to be advised on getting started in engineering. Please wish our FYE Advising Team, augmented by other advisors who assist them, all the very best as they work through these hectic four weeks.        


Kudos: 06/13/2016

… to Andrea Mazzurco on successfully defending his dissertation titled Methods to Facilitate Community Participation in Humanitarian Engineering: Laying the Foundation of a Learning Platform.

... to Nick Stites on passing his Readiness Assessment.

... to Muhsin Menekse on receiving a Summer Faculty Grant of $8000 for a project titled "Enhancing Engineering Education by Integrating the Reflection and Feedback Cycle with Mobile Technologies."

... to ALL those who volunteered to assist with staffing the ENE Booth at the upcoming ASEE 2016 Conference. 

Calendar: 06/13/2016

Summer 2016

  • June 13-July 8: STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration)
  • June 13-16: MEP Summer Workshop, ARMS BO98 (8am-5pm) and Wang Hall (TBD)
  • June 13-14: Hicks Richmond I-STEM Workshop; 45 teachers (K-6), Wang 3570B (8am-5pm),
  • June 15-17: Hicks South Bend I-STEM Workshop; 15 teachers (grades 3-8) Wang 3570B (8am-5pm)
  • June 20-23: MEP PREFACE Workshop, ARMS BO98 (8am-5pm) and Wang Hall (TBD)
  • June 26-29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • June 30-July 14: PALS Summer Workshop, Wang Hall
  • 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

Fall 2016

  • Aug 14: End-of-Summer Potluck, 5-8pm, Happy Hollow Park
  • Aug 15: Faculty return  
  • Aug 17: ENE Advance (TBD)
  • Aug 22: Classes begin

News and Information: 06/13/2016

John Mendoza Garcia Thesis Defense

A Phenomenographic Study of the Ability to Address Complex Socio-Technical Systems Via Variation Theory
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 3pm, Wang 3501

Ana Rynearson Thesis Defense

From Mechanic to Designer: Evolving Perceptions of Elementary Students Over Three Years of Engineering Instruction
Friday, June 17, 2016, 9am, Wang 3501

Funding Opportunities: 06/13/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Strengthening Transfer of Students from Two-year Hispanic-serving Institutions to Four-year STEM Programs  NSF is interested in receiving proposals to existing programs, listed below, that support the development of a comprehensive, knowledge-based and knowledge-generating opportunity that seeks to facilitate the successful transfer of students (particularly those who are historically underrepresented in STEM) from two-year Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs) to four-year institutions of their choice in order to pursue STEM baccalaureate degrees. Proposals submitted in response to this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) must meet the requirements and deadlines of the program to which they are submitted.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 100&Change  100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem.  Proposals can be from any sector but must articulate a problem, a solution, and have a charitable purpose. This program is not limited; however, it is recommended that interested parties contact for details on internal coordination efforts. Deadline: September 2.

L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards  This program identifies and supports eminent women in science throughout the world. Each year, five Laureates are recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science, in Life or Physical Sciences in alternating years. The 2017 edition of the Awards will designate five outstanding scientific researchers in the Physical Sciences, working in one of each of the following regions: Africa & the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America.  Deadline:  June 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.

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