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ENE Memo: March 2, 2015

From the Head: 3/2

Authentic Leadership

The publication in 2004 of Bill George's Authentic Leadership triggered a rush of leaders in all manner of industries wanting to be authentic. In the decade since, there has been a lively debate in the management literature about what precisely authenticity in a leader is or looks like. Articles in the Harvard Business Review alone include: Managing Authenticity; the Problem with Authenticity;  and more recently the Authenticity Paradox. There are many, many more articles and follow-on books out there. 

While there are many perspectives on this topic, that it has caught the imagination of so many people indicates there is a hunger for leaders to be real, to be ethical and maybe to be themselves.

So, whatever authentic leadership means for you, I encourage you to be so.   


Calendar: 3/2

Spring 2015

  • March 4: Graduate Students meet Head, POSTPONED
  • March 5: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm 
  • March 10: ENEGSA Multiculturalism Lunch, WANG 3500 (kitchenette area), 11:30am-1pm
  • March 11: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • March 12: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 16: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • March 16-20: Spring Break
  • March 23: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • March 26: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • March 27: Staff Meeting, ARMS 1028, 9:30-11:20am
  • March 30: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • March 31: INSPIRE Seminar, Wang 3501, 2-3pm
  • April 1: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 2: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 6: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 8-14: Research WeekCelebrating the ENE Research Facility in Wang Hall
  • April 9: Research Seminar, Wang Hall/TBD, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 9: College of Engineering Advisory Council dinner, Wang Hall, TBD
  • April 13: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 13/14:ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting, Wang Hall, 8am-3:30pm
  • April 10: College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence Dinner, TBD  
  • April 16: ENE GSA Town Hall, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 20: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • April 23: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • April 27: Librarian Office Hours, Wang 3500, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • April 28: INSPIRE Seminar, Wang 3501, 2-3pm
  • April 30: Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • May 1: ENE Best Teacher and McDowell Best Advisor Awards 2015, ARMS 1300, 11am  
  • May 1: Classes End
  • May 4: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • May 6: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 13-14: ENE Strategic Advance, Wang Hall, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)

News and Information: 3/2

New Printers and Printing Policy

ENE has purchased four new multifunction devices (aka printers), two in the ENE Research facility and two in the Armstrong offices (to replace the current color and B/W copiers). The ones in Wang will be up and operating soon. The ones in ARMS will hopefully arrive this month.

These new machines can print in both black and white and in color. The cost per page for B/W prints is only about 10% of that for color copies. People are therefore encouraged to use B/W whenever possible. Scanning incurs no cost.

Printing costs real dollars; we pay a per page charge to the vendor plus the cost of paper. This can add up to thousands of dollars each month and it has to be funded from somewhere.

If printing is freefor the user, then people have no incentive to think before they print. Usage tends to exceed what is absolutely necessary and hence be wasteful and more expense.

If printing costs are fully charged back to the user, then some people may be reluctant to print when they really should be doing so and it may also lead to a complicated and expensive-to-deploy billing system.

In order to become familiar with the new machines and our patterns of usage, designated ENE users will be assigned an individual pin number. In the case of the machines in Wang Hall, where there are major research projects or labs requiring significant amounts of printing, a pin can be assigned to a particular project or lab. In addition, pins will be assigned for some programmatic activities, such as materials for particular courses.

For the first month or so of operation in Wang Hall the cost of printing will be covered by ENE funds. During this period, each pin holder will be told the number of copies they make, B/W and color, and the actual cost of these. This usage data will also be published, so that the community as a whole can better understand the total consumable costs of printing and the breakdown amongst activities and users. This transactional log and associated costing analysis will help us all to better appreciate how much we are spending on printing.

In parallel, we will explore ways that printing costs, partial or full, might be billed back to users, projects, labs and courses in a fair and sensible fashion.

Depending upon the levels of usage, the patterns of use, the degree of difficulty of billing costs back to designated accounts, a process will be arrived at to ensure that ENE has a workable mechanism to cover the true cost of printing in a sustainable way into the future.

Safety Committee

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

ENEGSA Multiculturalism Lunch

ENEGSA will be hosting the first multicultural luncheon of the semester Tuesday, March 10th. Our guest is Dr. Anthony "Tony" Gass from the Purdue Black Cultural Center. Dr. Gass is a native of the Washington, D.C. metro area. He came to the Black Cultural Center from Columbus, Ohio, after earning his Ph.D. in History from Ohio State University this past May. A proud alum of two historically Black universities, Dr. Gass received a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland, and a Master of Arts degree in History from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

As always, lunch will be provided! RSVP with ENEGSA President Kelsey Rodgers by March 9th.

Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy is a professional development program aimed at mid-career or senior faculty who have entrepreneurial interests.  These interests may include understanding the commercialization possibilities for some aspect of their research program including development of a nonprofit entity, exploring opportunities to involve graduate students in entrepreneurial activities, identifying strategies to introduce undergraduate students to entrepreneurial projects, or considering the synergies among large interdisciplinary research centers and entrepreneurial activities.  The program also introduces faculty to the leadership skills required of entrepreneurs.  The program encourages collaboration as a path to innovation.  The Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy provides faculty with networking opportunities and resources for understanding how to incorporate entrepreneurial concepts into high impact university programs and realize the potential for commercial opportunities emerging from these programs.  Participants meet with distinguished administrators and leaders to discuss topics critical to the development and support of leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

The intended audience for the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy is strongly motivated, tenured or soon to be tenured, faculty.  This year, clinical and research faculty are invited to apply.  Applicants should have an interest in: leading project centers; leading large interdisciplinary research teams; leading innovation in discovery and learning; developing and commercializing new technology; developing new strategies for Purdue University to influence and impact the state, nation, and world; and/or, honing their leadership and entrepreneurial skills to pursue administrative leadership positions.   While commercialization interests are encouraged, faculty do not need to have a technology to commercialize to participate in this program.  Past projects include: the development of computer tools for interdisciplinary research sites; the creation of strategic business plans for core research facilities at Purdue; the development of a business plan that will facilitate the submission of large-scale research proposals; the expansion of interdisciplinary centers; the creation of student courses and projects; creation of a sustainable not-for-profit entity; as well as progress on the licensing of a technology or starting a company. Project descriptions for prior and present year participants can be viewed at:

To extend the impact of this program, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy faculty fellows each receive a development award of $5000.00 and the opportunity to utilize Discovery Park, the Purdue Foundry, and Office of Technology Commercialization staff and capabilities.  Faculty in this program may be assigned a Krannert M.B.A. student to assist them with some aspect of their project.  Faculty are encouraged to use the monetary award to develop high impact projects, and to foster entrepreneurial leadership in their students.  Additionally, two Academy participants from the previous year will be selected as an Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholar based on their year of Entrepreneurship Leadership Academy activities.  The Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars are provided with $15,000 of support to continue work on his or her project.  

To nominate faculty from your college or school, please submit: (1) a three-page bio of the faculty member (use the National Science Foundation style as a standard); (2) a 1-2 page statement written by the faculty member regarding interest in this opportunity and expected impact of participation; and (3) a signature of endorsement from the department head and dean. These materials should be submitted by April 10.  Faculty will be selected to begin participation in the Leadership Academy for fall 2015, beginning August 2015.  Approximately ten faculty will be chosen to participate in the program. 

Please submit applications to:  Bambrah Walker

For additional information, please contact Dr. Candiss Vibbert, Associate Director for Discovery Park Engagement at or 49404.

Kudos: 3/2 Nick Fila on being the ENE nominee for the College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award. This Award includes a $2000 Scholarship and recognition at the College of Engineering Graduate Student Awards banquet in April. Kelsey Rodgers on her receipt of the ENE Outstanding Research Award. This award includes a $200 scholarship as well as a certificate that will be awarded during the Opening Festivities for Wang Hall in mid-April. Becky Fry, Mike Loizzo and Julie Russell for the planning and execution of the Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony, and to Mary Pilotte and Chris Pekny for coordinating the MDE/IDES student awards. Matt Ohland and Alice Pawley for keeping faculty and staff in the loop on proposed Leave Policy changes.

Funding Opportunities: 3/2

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science and Engineering (BIGDATA) The BIGDATA program seeks novel approaches in computer science, statistics, computational science, and mathematics, along with innovative applications in domain science, including social and behavioral sciences, geosciences, education, biology, the physical sciences, and engineering that lead towards the further development of the interdisciplinary field of data science. The solicitation invites two types of proposals: "Foundations" (F): those developing or studying fundamental theories, techniques, methodologies, technologies of broad applicability to Big Data problems; and "Innovative Applications" (IA): those developing techniques, methodologies and technologies of key importance to a Big Data problem directly impacting at least one specific application. Deadline: May 20

NSF Dear Colleague Letters for Research Opportunities in Europe:

NSF Dear Colleague Letters for SciSIP-related funding opportunities:

DOD-DARPA Young Faculty Award This Research Announcement solicits ground-breaking single-investigator proposals from junior faculty for research and development in the areas of Physical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Biology, Information and Social Sciences of interest to DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), and Biological Technology Office (BTO).  Deadline: April 9

DOD-DARPA Communicating with Computers (CwC) This program is a 6.1 basic research effort that aims to accelerate progress toward two-way communication between people and computers in which the machine is more than merely a receiver of commands and in which a full range of natural modes is tapped, including potentially language, gesture and facial or other expressions. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems.  Abstract due March 6; Proposal due April 9.

DOD-Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) Foundational Science Research Unit (FSRU) BAA for Basic Scientific Research  The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences is the Army’s lead agency for the conduct of research, development, and analyses for the improvement of Army readiness and performance via research advances and applications of the behavioral and social sciences that address personnel, organization, training, and leader development issues. The basic research program supports research projects that are designed to expand fundamental knowledge and discover general principles in the behavioral and social sciences. White papers due April 3; Full proposals due June 5.

ED Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program: Short Term Projects This program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for groups of teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Short-term projects may include seminars, curriculum development, or group research or study. Guidelines provide targeted countries. Deadline: March 23

NEH Preservation and Access Education and Training   These grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional (multistate) education and training programs. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices. Deadline:  May 5

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.

NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERC) This program has not yet been announced but is anticipated in the next few months.  If interested in forming an ERC, please talk with your Assistant Dean for Research.  For proposal planning and/or writing assistance, please contact Sally Bond ( 

NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER)  This program has typically been announced in April/May with deadlines in July.


NSF FAQs for Professional Formation of Engineers: Research Initiation in Engineering Formation Program

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