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ENE Memo: June 8, 2015

From the Head: 6/8

ENE on show at ASEE 2015 in Seattle

The annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is the major event attended by ENE faculty, graduate students and some staff each summer. Last year we made a big splash in Indianapolis as part of our celebration of 10 years since the formation of ENE. This year the ASEE conference is in Seattle from June 13-17. Many ENE folks will be heading out there at the end of this week to present their research. 

Engineering Education graphic

Once again ENE has a booth in the exhibition hall as part of the Engineering Education Research cluster. This grouping of the various departments, centers and programs offering engineering education research opportunities was an initiative of ENE in 2012 and we coordinate the cluster each year. ENE also contributes financially by funding smaller groups so they can have a presence at the exhibition. This is part of our commitment to leadership in the broader engineering education research and innovation community (Goal 4 of our Strategic Plan). The focus of our display this year will be the new research facility in Wang Hall centered on a 8'x10' banner as shown. We will be sharing our booth with our colleagues from KTH in Stockholm, Sweden. (We are seeking more volunteers to do a tour of duty at our booth) 

On Saturday June 13, there will be a strong presence from our own INSPIRE team at the annual K-12 Workshop.

On Sunday June 14 we will have a reunion of alums of the ENE PhD program. 

On Monday June 15, Karl Smith will receive an ASEE Lifetime Achievement Award and Ruth Streveler will be inducted as an ASEE Fellow. 

The College of Engineering is hosting a reception on the evening of Monday June 15 plus a number of other sessions on education, many of which feature various ENE folks and some of our global partners.

ASEE TV will also be reprising the Think Impact video which features some of what we do in ENE.

So in many different ways, ENE will on show in Seattle next week.


Calendar: 6/8


  • June 8-10: Teacher Workshop, WANG 3520/70B/64 (Simulation Class Rooms)
  • 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 WorkshopWANG 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: 6/8

ASEE Booth Volunteers Sought

We are seeking more volunteers to do a tour of duty at the ENE booth at ASEE. The days and times when we still need help are indicated in yellow below.

If you can assist, please email David Radcliffe

Alternatively there is physical sign-up sheet on the counter by Julie's desk. 

Day/Date Time Faculty Students Staff
Sun June 14 6pm-7:30pm     Loizzo & Fry
Mon June 15 10:30-noon Pilotte Cummings Loizzo & Fry
Mon June 15 12:30-2pm                           Sanchez-Pena Loizzo & Fry
Mon June 15 2:15-3:45pm Pawley   Loizzo & Fry
Mon June 15 4-5pm Main Emilie Siverling Loizzo & Fry
Tues June 16 8:45-10:15am     Loizzo & Fry
Tues June 16 10:30am-12:15pm Godwin Ortega-Alvarez  Loizzo & Fry
Tues June 16 12:30-2pm Hynes   Loizzo & Fry

Thank you to those who have already signed-up

ENE Profile

Name: Kerrie Anna Douglas

Job: Visiting Assistant Professor

What is the scope of your job? Teaching and research. I’m excited to start teaching ENGR 131 in the fall. In terms of research, I study methods of evaluation and assessment in engineering education. My other area of research concerns impoverished K-12 students’ agency and pathways to engineering (referred to as hope). I also mentor students in research.

What’s a job priority for you right now/what big project are you working on? One of my main priorities right now is leading evaluation research for the Purdue/nanoHUB-U/edX partnership. We have a multidisciplinary team, which includes Dr. Krishna Madhavan from ENE; Dr. Peter Bermel and a graduate researcher, Monzurul Alam, from Electrical Computer Engineering; and an undergraduate researcher from Aeronautical Engineering, Andy Mack. We are developing an evaluation framework for highly technical engineering MOOCs (massive open online courses). We work with Dr. Mark Lundstrom and engineering faculty who are passionate about teaching. The topics they teach, such as Nanophotonic Modeling and Organic Electronic Devices, are so advanced that textbooks are yet to be published with the information.

Our research is focused on methodological advancements that combine learning analytics with traditional forms of assessment, in order to develop a more holistic understanding of learners and the learning that occurs in MOOCs. We are driven by the need to provide stakeholders with information they can actually use. This is significant because most of the MOOC research to date has provided very little information that is action-oriented (meaning information that can be used to support learning, or make administrative decisions, etc.). By understanding more about the learners, we are able to work with engineering faculty to increase learning in this open environment. It is a very rewarding project for me, because our research is being used to inform future courses. In addition, we are developing innovative methods of evaluation that will benefit the larger MOOC research community.

What’s the best part of your job or working in ENE? The research collaborations and possibilities are the best part.

What hobbies or activities are you involved in outside of work? Taking my kids on walks, bike rides, and wagon rides.

Who is your favorite author? I love classical Russian literature - Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. I recently read Anna Karenina and am now onto The Idiot. The plots are very thick and full of good life lessons!

What did you want to be when you were young? I wanted to be a pediatrician, but when I got to college I hated chemistry with 500 students.

Next week's profile: Rick Womack

Kudos: 6/8 Emily Dringenberg for successfully defending her thesis "A Phenomenographic Analysis of First-Year Engineering Students’ Experiences with Problems Involving Multiple Possible Solutions."  Emily has also competed a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering last year at Purdue. She will be returning to her Alma Mater, Kansas State University, to help create and teach new introductory courses aimed at improving first-year engineering students' understanding of engineering and problem solving skills.  Her job will also include contributions to retention, advising, and outreach efforts through the Dean's Office.

Funding Opportunities: 6/8

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity from: a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective; the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective; or the Transition to Practice (TTP) perspective. Proposers are invited to submit proposals in three project classes: Small, Medium, and Large. In addition, the SaTC program seeks proposals focusing entirely on Cybersecurity Education. These cybersecurity education projects may not include any of the perspectives named above. Deadlines vary by project class.

NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT)   The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation serves as an early opportunity to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking.  Letter of Intent due September 8; Proposal due October 9.

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.

Other: is a technical platform and list of challenge and prize competitions, all of which are run by more than 70 agencies across federal government. These include technical, scientific, ideation, and creative competitions where the U.S. government seeks innovative solutions from the public, bringing the best ideas and talent together to solve mission-centric problems. You will find hundreds of competitions that cover a wide range of interests and require varying levels of skills and abilities in order to participate. You can discover something of interest to you, sorting by type of challenge and by the agency hosting the competition. They are listed in chronological order, from most recent launched to older, closed competitions going back to 2010.

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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