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ENE Memo: March 11, 2013

From the Head: 3/11

Following spring break, we will begin hosting quite a number of people who will be on campus to interview for our open faculty positions. Each candidate will give a presentation on their career story, highlighting their approach to teaching, research plans and engagement ideas. These presentations are open to anyone. Following each talk, there will be a reception where anyone in our community can talk with the candidates. They will each attend a first-year engineering class and also a graduate class as well as tour the facilities in Armstrong, Potter and Grissom. As with any interview process, it is about the candidate meeting us and seeing our place and us meeting them and observing their reactions to our place – a two-way street.

This marks what I hope will be a period of sustained faculty hiring that is comparable to the period following the founding of ENE. It is all part of the strategic growth in engineering at Purdue that is taking place over the next 4 or 5 years. It is a shame that the first of the talks by distinguished thought leaders had to be cancelled at the last minute due to weather last week. We hope that Jim Duderstadt can be re-scheduled later in the semester. Other talks in this series are coming up in the coming weeks – please make sure you have them in your calendar.

This will be a very hectic few weeks as the interviews will run into the crazy, end-of-semester month of April. So I seek your support in helping us make these visits run smoothly and for your patience during this time. The extra time and effort involved in hosting potential new faculty is a strategic investment in shaping our collective future in ENE.

So recharge your batteries over spring break and strap yourself in for the second half of the semester. 


Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life. - Sandra Carey

Calendar: 3/11

Spring 2013

  • March 26: What's Coming;  Whether We Like It or Not  - Professor Dan Mote  3:30-4:30 pm, Kurz Atrium, Armstrong Hall
  • March 27: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • April 4: Increasing Diversity in Engineering - Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd - 3:00-4:00 pm, Kurz Atrium, Armstrong Hall 
  • April 5:  Faculty Excellence Awards
  • April 8-9: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: ENE's Second Decade
  • April 9: Engineering Engineering Education - Norm Augustine  10:30-11:30 am, Kurz Atrium, Armstrong Hall 
  • April 24: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20)
  • May 8-9: ENE Advance (9-4) ENE's Second Decade

Summer 2013

  • June 17 - July 11:  STAR​ (Student Transition, Advising and Registration)

Fall 2013

  • Aug 14: ENE Faculty Advance 
  • Aug 19: Classes Begin
  • Sept 27: 2nd Annual First-Year Engineering Friday
  • Sept 28 Homecoming & Family Weekend
  • TBD:   ABET Site Visit (Mon + Tues; most likely in Oct or Nov
  • Nov 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) 
  • Nov 9: ENE Friends at the Football
  • Nov 14: 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium

Kudos: 3/11 Joi-Lynn Mondisa, whose poster won first place in the Social and Behavioral Sciences subject area (graduate category) at the Emerging Researchers National Conference. Her poster was titled "Differences in the Perceptions of Social Community by Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate Students." James Huff, on being chosen as one of the five recipients of the 2013 ASEE-ERM Apprentice Faculty Grant. Trina Fletcher, ENE doctoral student starting in Fall 2013, on her selection as the 2013-14 recipient of Purdue's George Washington Carver Fellowship.

News and Information: 3/11

Faculty Interviews to begin following Spring Break

The Faculty Search committee is about to start inviting candidates to campus for interviews. As a heads-up, these will be happening over a three-week period from immediately after spring break (March 18) and continuing through to at least April 5.

Candidate talks will generally be at 10:30 am, followed by a reception/ follow-on questions from 11:30 through to 12:30. The exception will be if the interview is on a Thursday, in which case the talk will be at 11:30am and the reception will be 12:30 – 1:30.

Specific dates and people will be announced as soon as possible, but for now please try to be available at the talk times listed above over that three-week period. The only days in that period that will NOT be used as potential interview slots will be Monday, March 25 (Primary Committee); Tuesday, March 26 (Dan Mote Distinguished Seminar series); and Thursday, April 4 (Maria Klawe Distinguished Seminar series).

Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge

NSF is looking for ideas from current graduate students to improve graduate education in STEM. This is an ideal opportunity for ENE PhD students to contribute innovative policy ideas on the reimagining of the graduate student experience, especially regarding professional development. As our program has some unique elements, like core competencies and a portfolio, maybe some of these features might have wider applicability. If you need more incentive, the creators of the best ideas will receive national recognition and cash prizes. Rather than sending individual, competitive entries, perhaps a consortium of ENE graduate students could submit a joint entry. More information can be found in the National Science Foundation's website.

  • Deadline April 15
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