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ENE Memo: March 17, 2014

From the Head: 3/17

ENE 10th Anniversary Open House (April 9)


As we approach the end of our year of celebration to mark first decade of the School of Engineering Education, we are hosting an Open House on April 9 from 11am-2pm. This is the anniversary of the date in 2004 when the Purdue Board of Trustees approved the formation of ENE.

The goal the Open House is to proudly share with our colleagues at Purdue and the local community what we have achieved.

It is open to students, staff and faculty. My hope is that visitors who may not be aware of all the things we do or the quantum of what we do will leave impressed, with a greater understanding of ENE and a good sense of our capabilities. Some may be inspired to partner with us in future endeavors.

I seek your assistance in two practical ways

1] Please reach out to your colleagues or communities with whom you collaborate or interact across campus and invite them personally to our Open House.  

2] Please volunteer to help host visitors on the day of the event. A roster will be set up where you can sign-up for a period of time.    

Details of the Open House


There will be a display in the ARMS Atrium – an ENE booth with giveaways; INSPIRE interactive display; research display, refreshments; Purdue Press display featuring ENE authors;

Visitors will take walking tours of facilities in ARMS. There are two “start/end points” – ARMS Atrium and ARMS 1300. Visitors will stop at a series of numbered points on the route and read specially prepared display boards that outline key ideas and relevant data or meet with a person who explains what is happening. While these could be self-guided tours, it would be much preferable if we had enough ENE folks on hand who could act as tour guides.

The seven stops on the tour are;  

1.     Artisan and Fabrication Laboratory; 

2.     Demonstration Studio;

3.     Innovation Studio (screening videos on ENE and from the History and Philosophy class);

4.     Design Studio (ENGR 142 class in session with a Challenge Project);

5.     Ops Center; 

6.     Wall Art in ARMS level 1 corridor (including a temporary display on the graduate program);

7.     ARMS 1300 Lobby (FYE / Academic Advising).

We only turn 10 once, so let’s make the most of it.


Calendar: 3/17

  • Mar 17-21: Spring Break
  • Mar 27: ENE Research Seminar, Norman Fortenberry, ASEE Executive Director - “Engineering Faculty for the 21st Century – Innovations with Impact,” ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • Mar 28: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1109 8:30-9:20am. 
  • Mar 31: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 2: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 3: ENE GSA Town Hall, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm. 
  • April 4: 12th Annual Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence banquet, Four Points by Sheraton, 6:30pm.
  • April 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Board meeting.
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE Open House 
  • April 10: ENE Research Seminar, Gina Svarovsky, Science Museum of Minnesota, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 14: TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning), ARMS 3001, 2:30-4:00pm. 
  • April 16: Faculty FYE Research Conversation, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 17: ENE Research Seminar, Senay Purzer's ELO Research Group, ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm.
  • April 23: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • April 24: ENE Research Seminar, ENE 595 Class - "Analyzing Video Data for Research Without Being Overwhelmed," ARMS BO71, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE 590 Presentations
  • May 2: Classes End
  • May 7: Faculty Meeting, ARMS BO98B, Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:20am.
  • May 14-15: ENE Advance, ARMS BO98, Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory, 9:30am-3:30pm.
  • May 17-18 Commencement

Summer 2014

  • June 13: Global Perspectives on Engineering Education, ARMS BO98 
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS BO98 
  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures
  • June 16 – ENGR 132 begins its 8-week summer session
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS BO98
  • August 8 – ENGR 132 ends its 8-week summer session

Kudos: 3/17

… to Brent Jesiek, Qin Zhu, Sang Eun Woo, Julia Thompson and Andrea Mazzurco on publication in Online Journal for Global Engineering Education of the article Global Engineering Competency in Context: Situations and Behaviors.

News and Information: 3/17

Safety Committee

The most recent meeting minutes of the Safety Committe are available HERE. One of the Departmental Action Items from the 2014 REM Recertification is for everyone to review the biweekly meeting minutes.

Funding Opportunities: 3/17

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF/DHS/DOT Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)  The goal of the CPS program is to develop the core system science needed to engineer complex cyber-physical systems upon which people can depend with high confidence. The program aims to foster a research community committed to advancing research and education in CPS and to transitioning CPS science and technology into engineering practice.  Three types of research and education projects will be considered: Breakthrough, Synergy, and Frontier projects.  Deadline: June 2

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: BRAIN EAGERs to Enable Innovative Neurotechnologies to Reveal the Functional and Emergent Properties of Neural Circuits Underlying Behavior and Cognition  NSF’s interests lie in highly innovative projects in their early stages that utilize new and untested but potentially ground-breaking approaches and neurotechnologies that bridge multiple spatial, temporal, and organizational scales to provide fundamental insights into the emergent properties of neural circuitry that ultimately lead to behavior and cognition.  Abstracts due May 1.

NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC) This program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academia, and government. The centers are catalyzed by a small investment from the NSF and are primarily supported by industry center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the center. Each center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the center faculty. An I/UCRC contributes to the Nation's research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education.  As appropriate, an I/UCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

This program has very specific eligibility requirements:

Grantee institutions that have an active single university I/UCRC award are not eligible to apply for another single university center; however, they may apply for a multi-university center.  Purdue has an active single university award and, therefore, is not eligible to apply for another.

Any institution may submit multiple multi-university center proposals provided that the proposed research topics involve different disciplines and support different industries.

  • Deadlines: June 27 – LOI; September 26 – Full Proposal

NIH Community Partnerships to Advance Research (CPAR) This announcement encourages researchers to partner with communities using Community Engaged Research (CEnR) methodologies that will enhance relationships leading to better interventions and positive health outcomes.

  • R15  Deadline: June 25
  • R01  Deadline: June 5
  • R21  Deadline: June 16

NIH Feasibility Studies to Build Collaborative Partnerships in Cancer Research (P20) This FOA invites planning grant applications for the implementation of collaborative partnership awards between Institutions serving communities with cancer health disparities and NCI-designated Cancer Centers (or Cancer Centers with highly integrated cancer research programs). This FOA is designed to facilitate the planning and execution of focused collaborations in cancer-related research, training/career development, and education. A major goal of the NCI P20 partnership awards is to provide support for investigators at the Institutions and Cancer Centers to conduct cancer pilot projects and training and education programs. Deadline: May 16

NIH-NIBIB Biomedical Technology Service Centers (P30) This FOA encourages applications for Biomedical Technology Service Centers that support infrastructure and resources that are needed by a diverse group of funded NIH researchers, but are not widely available. Consistent with this function, the Centers should engage in dissemination activities and may engage in training activities.   Infrastructure and resources in an NIBIB P30 Center could range from shared biomedical instrumentation to open bioinformatics systems.  Deadline: May 25

NIH Planning Grants for Alzheimer’s Disease Translational Centers for Predictive Drug Development (R34) The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for planning grants that will support the preparation of full applications for NIA's Alzheimer's Disease Translational Centers for Predictive Drug Development funding initiative. The translational center(s) are expected to bring together highly multidisciplinary expertise, from high-throughput ‘omic’ technologies, acquisition, integration and analysis of multiscale data, mathematical modeling, cell biology and physiology, structural biology, medicinal chemistry, chemo-informatics, PK/PD modeling, clinical pharmacology, through trial design and failure analysis.  Deadline: May 15

NIH Genomes to Natural Products (U01) This FOA solicits applications that utilize the wealth of genomic and metagenomic sequencing data available, and recent advances in synthetic biology for the purpose of developing new high-throughput and broadly applicable approaches to natural products discovery. Well-integrated, collaborative research teams possessing synthetic biology, bioinformatics, and natural products expertise are encouraged to apply.  Deadline: June 10

USDA-AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention In the Childhood Obesity Prevention RFA, specific program areas are designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents. Project types supported by AFRI within this RFA include multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and Extension projects and FASE grants.  Letters of Intent due April 17; Applications due June 19.

USDA-NIFA Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) NIFA requests applications for this program to support research and Extension activities that increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Deadline: April 28

EPA National Indoor Environments Program: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants EPA solicits applications from eligible entities for demonstration, training, outreach and/or education cooperative agreements that will have a national scale impact to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and yield measurable environmental outcomes.  Deadline: April 21

DOE Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC): Multiscale Integrated Modeling for Fusion Energy Science Applications are solicited for the development of advanced multiphysics and multiscale integrated simulation capabilities for magnetically confined plasmas addressing problems of direct relevance to burning plasma science and ITER.  Letter of Intent due March 26; Application due May 2.

DOE Analytical Modeling for Extreme-Scale Computing Environments The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications that will significantly enhance our ability to predict how scientific workflows perform and to explain workflow behavior on distributed extreme-scale infrastructures built from computers, storage, instruments and multi-gigabit networks.  Deadline: April 18

DOE Environmental Stewardship for Renewable Energy Technologies: MHK Environmental and Resource Characterization Instrumentation This FOA will support the development of instrumentation, associated signal processing algorithms or software, and integration of instrumentation packages for monitoring the environmental impacts of marine and hydrokinetic technologies. It will also support the development and testing of sensors, instrumentation, or processing techniques to collect physical data on ocean waves. Concept papers due April 7; Full applications due May 22.

Indiana CTSI Opportunities Applications are open for the following awards:

  • Core Equipment Grant Program Deadline: March 28
  • Young Investigator Awards Deadline: April 1
  • Collaboration in Translational Research Awards Deadline: May 9

Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Green Infrastructure Curriculum and Training Services  (link compatible with IE only) OCRA seeks a partner to develop a curriculum and deliver training programs to provide local governments and their project partners’ information to design stormwater projects which integrate green infrastructure practices.  Deadline: April 16

Parks Foundation for  Animal Welfare Grants  Grants may be made to organizational or institutional projects, grassroots activities, or academic studies that promise to advance animal welfare. Awards may also be made for specific projects – Capital, Project, and General Operating grants that benefit animals.  Deadline: May 1

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Secondary Education Grants Requests should target professional development of high school teachers and offer best-in-class training to address a significant issue(s) facing teachers.  Efforts to assist either in-service teachers or new teacher preparation are welcome.  Encouraging the use of technology to promote improved teaching and outreach efforts to connect colleges and universities with school districts are invited. Curricular improvement should be aligned with relevant standards and include both content and pedagogy.  Proposals accepted on an ongoing basis.

AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science The Award recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities. For the purposes of this award, public engagement activities are defined as the individual’s active participation in efforts to engage with the public on science- and technology-related issues and promote meaningful dialogue between science and society.  Nominations due October 15.

Limited Submissions:

Letters of intent, preproposals, and rankings to the OVPR should be e-mailed to Purdue's open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and template for letters of intent may be found at For any case in which the number of internal letters of intent received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the OVPR will notify the PI that an internal preproposal will be unnecessary.

Limited Submission: NIH Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (U54) This FOA invites applications for research center cooperative agreements designed to advance the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This FOA seeks applications for a multi-disciplinary program of IDD research that will include:

  1. Cores that facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research in IDD, and support IDD-related projects funded by other sources; and
  2. At least one specific research project related to one of five focus themes identified as an area of research need in IDD.

Funds for the majority of research projects using these core facilities come from independent sources including Federal, State, and private organizations. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as lead institution.

Limited Submission: USDA-NIFA Children, Youth, and Families at-Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects The mission of the CYFAR Program is to marshal resources of the Land-grant and Cooperative Extension Systems so that, in collaboration with other organizations, they can develop and deliver educational programs that equip youth who are at-risk for not meeting basic human needs with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, and contributing lives. The purpose of SCP funding is to improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System. For this opportunity, Purdue can submit only one application as lead organization.

Funding Resources:

The OVPR website includes a link entitled Funding Resources. This link includes sections containing Internal and External Funding Resources.  Additionally, there is a link for Search Tools and Alerts.    Those who would like assistance in setting up their Pivot E-mail funding alerts may want to take advantage of our tutorial, which may be found on the Search Tools and Alerts link.

The newest issues of Research Development and Grantwriting News are available at:

Another resource for corporate and foundation funding opportunities is the University Development Office. 


OVPR Workshop: Leveraging OVPR and Purdue-wide Resources for Large, Interdisciplinary Proposals  This workshop will provide an overview of support and resources available to Purdue faculty when preparing large, interdisciplinary proposals. Sally Bond, Assistant Director of Research Development Services for Proposal Coordination, will provide an overview of support available through the Office of the Vice President including proposal coordination (grant writing), teambuilding, and site visit assistance.  Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Executive Director of Discovery Park, Al Rebar, will discuss how resources available through Discovery Park, including facilities and administrative support, can be key to the success of large, interdisciplinary proposals.   The workshop will be held on March 25, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, in Stewart Center, room 310. Lunch is provided so registration is required by Thursday, March 20th.  For more information contact Sue Grimes ( or Mary Ryker (

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator: Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuels Technologies DOE plans to issue the FOA on or about March 31.

Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions.

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