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ENE Memo: March 25, 2013

From the Head: 3/25

I believe staff play a vital role in the core mission of ENE, the college and the university—in teaching, in research and in engagement. They provide academic advice and direct support to our students, some work directly in teaching and support the learning of our students, some engage in research, some are directly engaged in outreach, they ensure our external stakeholders are aware of what we do and they help us to raise the funds necessary to undertake new initiatives, especially at a time when the public through their elected officials are reducing their investment in higher education.  

It is generally agreed that education has to be more affordable, although I would observe that many out-of-state and international students (or their parents) are willing to pay very large tuition bills for a Purdue education. Nevertheless, as a matter of being prudent stewards of finite resources, we must be willing to examine our cost structures and ask if there is a more cost-effective way of doing things without sacrificing quality. ALL of us, faculty and staff, have a responsibility in this. As a faculty member, I wonder if each of us, especially faculty, is willing to look deeply at everything we do and ask how does this or that contribute to the core mission of Purdue.     

The President's Forum this Thursday (March 28) at 8-9:30am in the South Ballroom, Purdue Memorial Union,will focus on student affordability. A live webcast of the forum will be available at mms:// To watch online, viewers must have Windows Media Player, which can be downloaded from Microsoft at After the conclusion of the President’s Forum, the Windows Media archive will be available for on-demand viewing at mms://

I suggest we each engage in this vital debate within Purdue. We live and work in a very complex organization. The apparently obvious solutions are not always the best solutions. Sometimes if we look deeper, we find some of our implicit assumptions and cherished beliefs about who contributes what are not supported by the data.   


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Calendar: 3/25

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 Candidate:  Dr. Tamara Moore, Seminar: "STEM Integration: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries to Foster Learning and Engagement." 10:30-11:30am ARMS B071
  • April 3: Faculty Meeting (8:30-9:20) - Note Date Change
  • April 1: Faculty Candidate: Dr. Diane Gu
  • April 2: Faculty Candidate: Dr. Dr. Morgan Hynes
  • April 3: Faculty Candidate: Dr. Joyce Main
  • 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)
  • Nov 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) 
  • Nov 9: ENE Friends at the Football
  • Nov 14: 3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium

Kudos: 3/25 Bill Oakes on being named a recipient of the 2012-13 Learning Community Advocate Award, for his leadership of the EPICS Learning Community. (Other recipients are Larry Nies, Engineering for the Planet Learning Community, and Michael Cassidy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community.) Kacey Beddoes and Alice Pawley on the publication of "Negotiating an Offer: What Graduate Students and Mentors Can Learn from Others' Experiences," in the Spring 2013 issue of SWE magazine.

News and Information: 3/25

ENEGSA Elections

Elections are being held for the officer bearers for the ENE Graduate Student Association (ENEGSA) for 2013-14. Polls close this Thursday March 28 at 3:00pm.

Contact Justin Hess

Welcome, Steve Hoffmann

Please join the ENE community in welcoming Dr. Steve Hoffmann to the newly created position of Assistant Head for First-Year Engineering (FYE). He takes up his duties today, Monday, March 25.

The purpose of this position is to coordinate activities across the school around the delivery, assessment and continuous improvement of the first-year engineering student experience, including liaison with enrollment management, the FYE advising team, course coordinators, and the instructional support team and with all the other engineering schools. This position serves a critical role in the development and quality assurance of the first-year engineering curriculum and associated activities.

Steve brings a unique set of skills, knowledge and experience to this new position. For the past two years he has been the Assistant Head of the Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE) at Purdue, where he was responsible for budget planning, strategic planning, student services, curriculum development, program assessment, faculty committee support, liaison with internal and external groups and with marketing and communication. This included steering the approval of the EEE program through the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and preparing the ABET Self-Study for the accreditation of the EEE program. For two years prior to that he was Director of Academic Programs in EEE, where he led the planning and development of the EEE curricula, established student services, and taught two courses, one of them newly developed for the EEE program. Between 2003 and 2008, Steve was an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry and the Environmental Studies Program at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Steve’s appointment is the next in a series of strategic investments aimed at improving the FYE student experience. These investments commenced with the hiring of additional academic advisors and continued with the hiring of additional A/P staff to support FYE learning and the establishment of the OPS Center. This enabled Eric Holloway to step back from so much direct FYE involvement and to be appointed as Managing Director with broader responsibilities for resources and strategy. Now with Steve’s appointment, we are continuing to address the critical the need for more leadership support for the head, highlighted in the external review of ENE a year ago. Once we fill the two named professorships, the school will have an even more distributed leadership profile.

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