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ENE Memo: June 15, 2015

From the Head: 6/15

STAR and FYE Summer Classes

This week marks the start of STAR (Student Transition, Advising and Registration). This is when new first-year students enrolled for the fall spend a day on campus being advised on which courses they should take and then registering for these. We also provide information to orientate the students and we mount a display of materials on the various engineering majors at Purdue. STAR runs until July 10, during which period the FYE advisors will see 80-85 students each day. This year, there are over 2,000 FYE students to be advised. While the bulk of domestic students attend in-person, more than 100 will register "virtually," i.e. on-line with the assistance of an advisor. This so called V-STAR (virtual STAR) is also how all 350+ international students are advised and register. Over the last few weeks, our advising team has been preparing for this major annual activity. 

Also commencing this week are our two summer sections of ENGR 13200; part of our contribution to Purdue's Think Summer campaign. These classes are being taught by Kathleen Wible. Working with the Instructional Support Team, she has also been preparing over recent weeks. 
I wish to thank all involved for their diligent preparations and to wish them the very best as we support our students, in a variety of ways over this summer.  

Calendar: 6/15


  • June 13 – 17: ASEE Annual Conference and Exhibition, Seattle
  • June 15 – July 10: STAR(Student Transition, Advising and Registration), FYE Advising area 
  • June 15: ENGR 132, 8 week module begins
  • June 17 – 18: PEER Workshop, Seattle
  • June 22: Teacher Workshop, WANG 3520/70B/64 (Simulation Class Rooms)
  • June 22 – 25: MEP Campers, WANG 3520/70B/64 (Simulation Class Rooms)
  • July 3: Independence Day (observed), university holiday
  • 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
  • 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: 6/15

ENE to search for new Head 

David Radcliffe, who has served as the first Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education since 2010 and prior to that was interim head for 2009/10, will not be seeking another five year term as head. Dean Leah Jamieson has announced that she will be forming a search committee to find a new head for ENE. It is anticipated that the new head will be in place by fall 2016. Dr. Radcliffe will continue to serve as head until then. Please spread the word widely as it is imperative that we generate a strong field of applicants. More details on the search process will be available soon.

ASEE Annual Conference

The conference kicked off this past weekend in Seattle with a strong ENE presence. Many faculty and graduate students (and alumni) attended, presented or led workshops and sessions. Over the course of the conference, those representing ENE will be involved in more than 80 sessions or panel discussions - not to mention those with posters on display. At Sunday night's reception, we saw nearly two dozen of our alumni, some were able to gather for a picture at the ENE booth.

Conference attendees


ENE Profile

Name: Rick WomackRick Womack headshot taken in June

Job: Instructional Support Specialist

What is the scope of your job? Provide oversight and logistical support for all First-Year Engineering classes, workshops and camps held in the i2i Learning Laboratories. Ensure the safe operation of lab technology and its equipment, which serves 1800+ FYE students per week. Procure equipment and supplies needed to meet the daily demands of the labs use. Coordination of tours, meetings and special events held in the i2i Learning Labs. Creation and maintenance of process documents and procedures for the labs usage, operation, continuous improvement and maintenance.

What’s a job priority for you right now/what big project are you working on? This summer we are upgrading our Ethernet service to faster Gigabit switches for improved network speed affecting 248 workstations and improved student computing. We are also performing preventative maintenance and general housekeeping throughout the labs to ensure high level performance of the i2i Learning Laboratory for the upcoming 2015-16 academic year.

What’s the best part of your job or working in ENE? Along with working with a fine group of Instructional Support Team members, one of the best parts of my job is working with graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants (approximately 100 total) and helping them navigate through challenging situations and seeing them succeed academically and professionally.

What hobbies or activities are you involved in outside of work? Prior to working at Purdue, I was involved with residential rehabilitation and new custom home construction. I have been involved with building design and construction most of my life. I still enjoy performing remodels and carpentry projects.

Who is your hero? My dad is my hero. As a husband of 55 years to one woman, my mom, Dad has been a great provider, teacher and family man with three children, my sisters and me. He taught me at an early age how to be responsible and he ignited my passion for architecture, construction, and instilling excellence in my work ethic. He has done a great job of giving me a legacy that I can pass along to my sons.

What is your favorite family vacation? Our family has always enjoyed vacationing at beach destinations and we still do. With regard to favorites, we have always enjoyed visiting Hawaii and Aruba.

Next week's profile: Kathleen Wible

Kudos: 6/15

... to Ed Berger and the rest of the team, Anil Bajaj, Ed Morrison and Elizabeth Briody on the award of one of the inaugural Professional Formation of  Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments  projects funded by NSF. Focused on cultural transformation in ME at Purdue, their project is entitled "An Engineering Education Skunkworks to Spark Departmental Revolution."  The award is for $1,993,490 and the project runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020. This is an excellent example of the type of discipline-based engineering education research-to-practice grants that we have been trying to foster as a means to increase linkages between ENE researchers and the discipline-based departments.           

Funding Opportunities: 6/15

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs CISE’s CCF supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: Algorithmic Foundations (AF); Communications and Information Foundations (CIF); and Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) programs. Proposers are invited to submit proposals in three project classes: Small, Medium, and Large. Deadlines vary by project class.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: FY16 Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM) Funding Opportunity The SusChEM initiative addresses the interrelated challenges of sustainable supply, engineering, production, and use of chemicals and materials. In FY16, the participating divisions are Chemistry (CHE); Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET); Materials Research (DMR); Earth Sciences (EAR); and the Materials Engineering and Processing program in the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI). Proposals in response to this initiative should be submitted to the existing program of interest in the participating divisions within the existing submission window of the program.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Enabling the Future of Making to Catalyze New Approaches in STEM Learning and Innovation  Building on NSF's early investments in Making, the purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to encourage EAGER proposals to conduct exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches that advance the frontier of knowledge with respect to STEM learning and design thinking.  Deadline: December 17

USDA-NIFA Agriculture Risk Management Education Partnerships (ARME) Competitive Grants Program  NIFA requests applications for the Agriculture Risk Management Education Partnerships Competitive Grants Program for FY15. The grants will provide resources for four regional risk management education centers for the purpose of developing and delivering agricultural risk management education materials. In addition, this program will also provide one grant for a Risk Management Education Electronic Support Center to provide associated support to the regional centers. Deadline: July 6

DOD-DARPA Make-It The DARPA Make-It program objective is to develop an automated chemical synthesizer that can produce, purify, characterize and scale a wide range of small molecules. The final program deliverable will be a synthesizer that will utilize software to enable the selection of optimal reaction schemes and tailor process parameters to achieve target yield and purity metrics for a range of desired small molecules. Abstracts due June 30; Proposals due September 1.

DOC-NIST Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Program NIST is soliciting applications for financial assistance for FY15 within the following NIST Laboratory grant programs: the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) Grant Program; the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) Grant Program; the Engineering Laboratory (EL) Grant Program; Fire Research (FR) Grant Program; the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Grant Program; the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL) Grant Program; the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Grant Program; the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) Grant Program; the Special Programs Office (SPO) Grant Program; the Standards Coordination Office (SCO) Grant Program; the International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO) Grant Program; and the Associate Director for Laboratory Programs (ADLP) Grant Program. Applications accepted on a continuous basis.

ED Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund The i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. Notices of Intent due June 25; Applications due August 4.

NARA Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections The National Historical Publications and Records Commission desires to make historical records of national significance to the United States broadly available by disseminating digital surrogates on the Internet. Grants are awarded for digitizing documentary source materials. Deadline: October 8

NARA Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records  The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage citizen engagement with historical records, especially those available online, and/or projects that train people on how to enhance digital literacy skills for using historical records. The development of new online tools for literacy and engagement is highly encouraged. Deadline: October 8.

NEH Media Projects The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology.  Deadline: August 12

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.

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.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Centers of Research Translation (P50)  The FOA is expected to be published in the summer of 2015 with an expected application due date in the winter of 2015.


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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