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ENE Memo: May 13, 2013

From the Head: 5/13

At the ENE Strategic Advance last week, we were challenged to come up with suggestions on things we could do individually to make ENE a more enjoyable working environment. Below are the many things we scribbled on the walls of the Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory - listed in no particular order.  

  • Start with a smile
  • Start with “yes” then work out the details
  • Initiate social gatherings
  • Spend more time with others
  • Share knowledge and info about opportunities
  • Discourage workplace bullying
  • Do not internalize the stupid stuff. I can sometimes laugh about it and just keep moving.
  • Understand how all the various ENE groups contribute to the mission.
  • Initiate social gatherings
  • Celebrate diversity
  • To always remember it’s what is best for the students (which is not the same as giving them what they want)
  • Know everyone’s name (will need help with this one) and then something about their family.
  • Community rules in my office but applied to workplace – pick up the trash – what is translation; sit on the porch; watch out for the kids playing in the street; go to library; have a street party
  • Write a thank you note each week to someone in ENE
  • Think outside the box
  • Be willing to step out of your comfort zone
  • Think team – make ENE best team in Engineering
  • Team work makes the dream work!
  • Have an idea of what others do and share opportunities
  • Find something fun about every day
  • Bring snacks to share
  • Recognize and compliment success
  • Have a positive and open word each day. Be ready to learn new things and help others.
  • Say hello if the recipient doesn’t respond in kind. (Might be having a rough day)
  • Look at the big picture instead of getting lost in the details
  • Be Positive
  • Continue to get the word out – Sing the praise of ENE
  • Be involved
  • More time to talk
  • Come in ready to work every day and expect things to happen.
  • Learn about and value all folks working in ENE

Some food for thought there.


Calendar: 5/13

Summer 2013

  • June 17 - July 11:  STAR​ (Student Transition, Advising and Registration)
  • June 23 - 26: ASEE Conference, Atlanta

Fall 2013

  • Aug 13: ENE Faculty Advance
  • Aug 14: BGR lunch
  • Aug 14-16: ENE PhD orientation
  • Aug 19: Classes Begin
  • Sept 28: Homecoming & Family Weekend Celebrating 60 Years of FYE at Purdue
  • 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: ENE Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium Celebrating a Century of Engineering Education Innovation at Purdue

Spring 2014

  • Feb 20: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebrating 45 Years of  Interdisciplinary Engineering Excellence
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE / Open House and Research Exhibition

Summer 2014

  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures

Kudos: 5/13 Lourdes (Lulu) Urena, Multidisciplinary Engineering, on being awarded the Martin C. Jischke Outstanding International Student of the Year. Her name will be inscribed on a plaque in Schleman Hall. Rose Redington and Nate Thomas on receiving this year's McDowell Advising Award.

News and Information: 5/13

New Graduates

The following students graduated at the Commencement this past weekend

BS in Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies

Jessamyn Jarrat

Bailey Mantha-Nagrant

Chole Morrical



BS in Multidisciplinary Engineering

Trevor Brown

Kent Seidel

Amanda Grimes

Lourdes Urena

Rishi Kaushika

Brian Vanneman

John Sandvig

Andrew Schamber





MS in Industrial Engineering

Jeremi London


PhD in Engineering Education

Lorie Groll

Qu Jin

Sensen Li

Emily Zhu

Mary Pilotte



Alejandra Magana Appointed as Courtesy Faculty

Dr. Alejandra Magana, an assistant professor in the College of Technology (Computer and Information Technology) and a 2009 alumna of ENE's doctoral program, has been appointed a courtesy faculty member of ENE. We look forward to strong collaborations with her and the College of Technology.


Scenes from the Advance

Top to bottom: Brainstorming on ways to make ENE a better place to work • Celebrating faculty promotions • Nate Thomas receives McDowell Advising Award (Rose Redington is also a recipient) • David presents Dr. Michael Loui some ENE bling as our sabbatical visitor concludes his year with us.

David Radcliffe, Nate Thomas



Johannes Strobel to Leave Purdue

As most of you already know, Johannes Strobel announced last week that he is planning to leave Purdue in December to take up a position at Texas A&M University. Over the coming weeks, we will be working out the transition arrangements regarding the leadership of INSPIRE and the advising of graduate students going forward. Please be patient as these matters are resolved.

To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact David Radcliffe or Lisa Tally by midday Friday for the following week's issue.