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ENE Memo: May 19, 2014

From the Head: 5/19

Commencement Advice

Over the weekend Purdue held its May graduation ceremonies. ENE had graduates from the MDE, IDES and PhD programs. As happens at such events, graduates are presented with all sorts of advice for their future life beyond college. One of the speakers at the engineering commencement evoked the so called "Paradoxical Commandments."  These insightful words were penned by Kent Keith as a 19 year old at Harvard in 1968. In recent times they have become more widely known as the words that Mother Teresa had written on the walls of her orphanage in Kolkata. 

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.


Calendar: 5/19

Summer 2014

  • May 22: Spring Fling, Memorial Mall, 11:30am-4pm.
  • June 11-13: Various international visitors  
  • June 13-14: Q3 Workshop, ARMS B098 
  • June 14:ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures
  • June16-July 11: STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration) 
  • June 16: ENGR 132 begins its 8-week summer session
  • June 19-20: PEER Workshop, ARMS B098
  • August 8: ENGR 132 ends its 8-week summer session

Fall 2014

  • August 18: Faculty return
  • August 20: ENE Strategic Advance
  • August 25: Classes begin
  • Sept. 6: Family Day (Purdue Mall near MSEE)
  • Sept. 27: Homecoming (Armstrong Atrium), 9-11am
  • Oct. 22-25: FIE Madrid
  • Nov. 6/7: ENE Industrial Advisory Council
  • Nov. 13: ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium
  • Nov. 26-28: Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 21: Commencement
  • Late Fall: ENE Research Facility Opens, Wang Hall 

News and Information: 5/19

Preeminent Teams 2015

We are pleased to announce the 2014-15 College of Engineering Preeminent Teams competition. A part of Engineering's Strategy for Impact, the Preeminent Teams faculty hiring strategy focuses on building teams in key current and emerging research areas, with the goal of preeminence

In 2013-14, four teams were selected for investments of faculty lines, resources, and space. We expect to select another 3-5 teams in 2014-15. The Preeminent Teams strategy will continue through at least 2016-17.

The deadline for registering your team to pitch is Friday, August 22, 2014. This year’s Round 1 pitches will take place on Thursday, September 4, 2014; Round 2 will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2014. Pitches will be open to the Purdue Engineering public, so plan to come, pitch, participate, and learn. 

Details about registering your team, criteria, guidelines, and FAQs for pitches are on the Preeminent Teams intranet site

Have a great summer, and start planning now: What current or emerging area will your team pitch? In five years, when asked: “For what research areas is Purdue Engineering known?” will your preeminent team be on the list?

Emergency preparedness training expands to online sessions

Purdue's All-Hazards Awareness Training, which will continue to be offered through in-person sessions, will also be offered online through the university's Blackboard Learn website.

To register for the facilitated sessions held at the Purdue Police Department Conference Room (Terry Building), go to the Emergency Preparedness website. To take the All Hazards Awareness Training online, go to the Blackboard Learn website and click "Browse Course Catalog." In the "Search Catalog" section type in "All-Hazards Awareness Training" and enroll in the course.

The one-hour All-Hazards Awareness Training sessions, open to faculty, staff and students, is designed to help people know how to react in potentially dangerous events that threaten campus safety.

Nominations sought for Special Boilermaker Award

The Purdue Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2014 Special Boilermaker Award.

Established in 1981, the Special Boilermaker Award honors a member of the Purdue faculty or staff who has contributed significantly to the improvement of the quality of life and/or the betterment of the educational experience for a substantial number of Purdue students.

The winner will receive a Boilermaker locomotive train replica, be recognized at a home football game, and have their name inscribed on the recognition obelisk on Purdue Mall and on a plaque in the Purdue Alumni Association office.

Nominations may be made by students, faculty, staff or alumni at Deadline is June 1.

Kudos: 5/19 Junaid Siddiqui for winning the 2013-14 ENE Distinguished Dissertation Award. His dissertation is entitled Transformation of Engineering Education: Taking a Perspective for the Challenges of Change. Jeff Myers, recipient of the 2014 Richard W. McDowell Best Counselor Award. Mike Loizzo on an honorable mention in from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists in the category of Best Radio Public Affairs for an ongoing series of talks on WBAA with President Mitch Daniels. Besterfield-Sacre, M., Cox, M. F., Borrego, M., Beddoes, K. and Zhu, J. (2014), Changing Engineering Education: Views of U.S. Faculty, Chairs, and Deans. Journal of Engineering Education, 103: 193–219. doi: 10.1002/jee.20043.


Funding Opportunities: 5/19

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter – I/UCRCs in Areas Relevant to the Forensic Sciences  The NSF and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) have partnered as co-sponsors to welcome proposals for establishment of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRCs; see NSF 13-594) in areas relevant to the forensic sciences. Proposals are welcome on a range of topics relevant to the forensic sciences.  The I/UCRC program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academia, and government. Purdue has an active single university award and, therefore, is not eligible to apply for another.  However, Purdue is eligible to apply for a multi-university center. Letter of Intent due June 27; Full Proposal due September 26.

NSF Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) The IDBR Program supports the development, production, and distribution of novel instrumentation that addresses demonstrated needs in biological research.  These systems would benefit a broad user community through mass distribution of the technology. Deadline: July 25

USDA-NIFA Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – National Integrated Water Quality Program (NIWQP) The goal of the NIWQP is to contribute to the improvement of the quality and conservation of our Nation’s water resources through research, education, and extension activities.  For FY14, NIFA is soliciting applications for the NIWQP under the following areas: Farm, Landscape and Watershed Scale Projects; and NIWQP Synthesis Project.  Deadline: July 3

DOE-NETL Environmentally-Prudent Unconventional Resource Development This program will award projects that focus on improving the environmental performance of shale gas, tight oil, and tight gas resource development. This can be achieved by mitigating issues related to water usage and air emissions, and by developing technological solutions that enable effective resource recovery from fewer and less environmentally-impactful wells.  Deadline: June 27

Samsung Global Research Outreach Program Samsung is seeking novel ideas in the following broad research themes:  Sensor Technology, New Display, Machine Learning & Recognition, Next Generation Computing, Next Generation Web, Big Data & Network, Security, Functional Material, OLED Material, Next Generation Battery, Energy Harvesting, and Design & Service.  Deadline: June 12

Morris Animal Foundation  The Foundation is now accepting proposals for Established Investigator, First Award, and Pilot Study grants on topics relevant to large companion animal health and welfare (horses and llamas/alpacas). Deadline: July 16

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: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships  These fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field. Candidates must hold a tenure track (or equivalent) position and be no more than six years from completion of their most recent Ph.D.  No more than three candidates from a department may be nominated.  Please contact your department head ASAP to coordinate submission. Deadline: September 15

Limited Submission: NEH Summer Stipends  NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development, providing support for continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. While projects related to the NEH's Bridging Cultures program or Standing Together initiative are welcome, all applications will receive equal consideration. Individuals who have held or been awarded a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible. A “major fellowship or research grant” is a research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit two applications. To apply, send all application materials except for letters of reference electronically to Deanna Bush in the CLA Dean's Office ( by Monday, September 8. A CLA faculty committee will review applications, and up to two applicants will be instructed to submit full applications directly to NEH by September 30.  

  • Internal Deadline: September 8 – Application materials sent to
  • Sponsor Deadline: September 30

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. UDO lists funding opportunities here.


As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty.  Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions or comments related to this e-mail.

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