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ENE Memo: June 20, 2016

From the Head: 06/20/2016

Maintaining Momentum | Moving Forward

Following up the recent announcement by Dean Jamieson, I wish to sincerely thank Audeen Fentiman for graciously agreeing to take on the role as Interim Head of ENE, as the search for the new head continues. We are extremely fortunate that she has accepted this position so I encourage everyone to lend every assistance to Audeen as she takes on this additional challenge. She brings a breadth and depth of professional experience that encompasses all the aspects of our operation from the first-year program, to our interdisciplinary engineering program and our graduate program, as well as our aspiration to work closer with industry in our research endeavors.   

Dr. Fentiman has served as Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Education and Interdisciplinary Programs at Purdue for 10 years.  She came here from Ohio State University where she led a team that restructured the first year engineering program making it hands-on, student-centered, and team oriented.  During her time at Ohio State, Audeen also served as Chair of the Nuclear Engineering Program, Director of the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, Director of the Environmental Science Graduate Program, and Associate Dean for Outreach and Special Programs. She was a high school mathematics teacher and spent a decade in industry before accepting the faculty position at Ohio State.  

At Purdue, Audeen was a 2010-11 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow and spent that year learning about higher education administration. Upon returning from the ACE Fellowship, she spent four years in the President’s Office on a half-time appointment as Purdue System Coordinator.  She has served six years on the Executive Board of the GEM National Consortium as Vice President for University Strategy and Policy and has had NSF and corporate funding to support efforts to broaden participation in engineering. In 2015, Audeen was named the Crowley Family Professor in Engineering Education. She is PI for one of the Purdue Diversity Transformation Awards, focused on relationship building between Purdue faculty and minority-serving institutions. 

In terms of the timing, I will remain Head through the end of summer (i.e. Aug 12) as planned and the formal transition will occur as soon as practical after that date. With Audeen's existing commitments, especially around the start of the semester, together we will work out a suitable schedule to manage the handover so as to make it as smooth as possible.   

It is critical that the important work of the School continue seamlessly and that our strong momentum be maintained in the coming year. Current initiatives must move forward at full pace and emerging strategic ideas must be pursued boldly and with vigor. How we as a school respond to the unexpected circumstance of the head search continuing will speak volumes about us as a community and thereby have a significant impact on our efforts to continue to grow the pool of potential candidates for the headship.

This is a time for stepping up, as Audeen has done, and for putting the longer term needs and interests of the School ahead of short term considerations and narrower personal goals. We should give Audeen our full support and help in everyway possible to share the load as we keep ENE moving forward.     


Kudos: 06/20/2016

… to John Mendoza Garcia on defending his PhD dissertation titled, “A Phenomenographic Study of the Ability to Address Complex Socio-Technical Systems Via Variation Theory”

… to Ana Rynearson on defending her PHD dissertation  titled, “From Mechanic to Designer: Evolving Perceptions of Elementary Students Over Three Years of Engineering Instruction”

... to Karen De Urquidi on passing her Readiness Assessment Michael Loui recently interviewed by Dave Goldberg on Big Beacon Radio. Dave and Michael discussed current trends in engineering education practice and research. An hour-long recording is here; it can be downloaded as an mp3 and as a podcast:

Calendar: 06/20/2016

Summer 2016

  • June 13-July 8: STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration) - continues
  • 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: 06/20/2016

JEE Editor Search

In June 2017, Michael Loui will complete his five-year term as Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education. A search committee for the next Editor has been appointed. Please send nominations to the committee chair, Mary Besterfield-Sacre (, by September 1.

Volunteers Sought: ENE booth at ASEE Conference & Exhibition

Thank you to all of our volunteers listed below to staff ENE's ASEE booth. We are seeking volunteers for just a couple of remaining time slots.

If you can assist, please email Teresa Walker.

Day/Date Time Faculty Students Staff
Sun June 26 6:00 – 7:30 PM —ALL HANDS ON DECK— Walker & Fry
Mon June 27 9:30-11:30 AM

Muhsin Menekse
Morgan Hynes

Ed Berger

Emilie Siverling
Natascha Trellinger

Walker & Fry
Mon June 27 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Matt Ohland
Russell Long
Monique Ross Walker & Fry
Mon June 27 1:30 – 3:30 PM   David Evenhouse Walker & Fry
Mon June 27 3:30 – 5:30 PM Heidi Diefes-Dux
Karl Smith
David Evenhouse Walker & Fry
Tues June 28 8:30-10:30 AM Kerrie Douglas Syedah Atiq Walker & Fry
Tues June 28 10:30 AM-12:30 PM Jennifer DeBoer Eric Holloway Walker & Fry
Tues June 28 12:30 – 2:30 PM   Nathan Hicks Walker & Fry

Funding Opportunities: 06/20/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  NSF/NSFC Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges  The NSF Engineering Directorate (ENG) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Department of Engineering and Material Sciences (DEMS) are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S. - China teams collaborating on fundamental research that addresses critical environmental sustainability challenges. The call for proposals focuses on two environmental sustainability topic areas: 1) Combustion related to sustainable energy; and 2) Urban water sustainability. Deadline:  October 20.

NEA Media Projects Grants Media Projects can be Development or Production. Both programs support film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences 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 10.

NEA Public Humanities Projects  Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life. NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. Deadline:  August 10.

NARA Public Engagement with Historical Records  The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations between archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal. Deadlines:  July 26 – Draft; October 6 – Application.

Burroughs-Wellcome Career Awards at the Scientific Interface  BWF’s Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are open to U.S. and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary residents. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering and must have completed at least 12 months but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral research by the date of the full invited application deadline.  Sponsor Deadlines:  Sept 6 – Pre-proposal; January 9 – Invited full proposals.

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.

DOL America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program  The purpose of America’s Promise grant program is to strengthen the pipeline of skilled workers to expand an economic region’s middle- to high-skilled workforce within one or more prioritized industry sector(s), thereby creating economic opportunities for America’s workforce to gain the necessary skills to fill in-demand jobs and increasing the long-term competitiveness of an economic region. To help achieve this goal, the grant will provide individuals the opportunity to get high-quality, tuition free education and training that leads to in-demand and industry-recognized credentials and degrees. Only one submission per organization is allowed.

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.


NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI)  GOALI-designated proposals and supplements should focus on research that addresses shared interests by academic researchers and industrial partners.  Those interested in submitting a GOALI-designated proposal to a standing NSF funding opportunity or a GOALI supplemental proposal to an existing NSF-funded award must contact the cognizant NSF program director prior to submission.

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems-Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK (CBET-EPSRC) Lead Agency Activity

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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