ENE Memo: May 20, 2013

From the Head: 5/20

At the ENE Strategic Advance on May 8, we were challenged to come up with suggestions on things we could do together 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 by assuming that everyone’s motives are positive
  • Discourage cliques, encourage broader workplace relationships
  • Laugh! Don’t be so robotic
  • Determine and communicate clear expectations (related to processes and projects) – (I agree)
  • Better exchange of information across functions (how?)
  • ENE “Auction” to raise internal funds for recognition awards.
  • ENE Talent show/Ensemble – Dance your PhD?
  • Better exchange of info across functions (e.g.) very short research breaks – updates weekly ?????
  • Leaders don’t always need to lead and followers should learn to not always follow!
  • More shared ENE awards and recognition together.
  • Get a water cooler/coffee pot/espresso machine!
  • We-workplace
  • ENE Softball Team – no talent required – just fellowship (Jeff bats clean-up)
  • Remember it’s the issue not the person
  • Encourage open conversations – say what you need to say to people’s faces – not behind their backs (The truth sometimes hurts)
  • Happy Hour from 8:00 – 5:00 – (ditto)
  • Learn about the strengths/area of expertise of faculty/staff. Look / create ways to collaborate that utilize both strengths
  • Live the research to practice ideas  - Honor all our strengths and expertise.  (Teacher, advisor, mentor, Design curriculum – what to do? Does it Work?)
  • Have lunch together once a month.
  • Put down the cell phone (and the email) and learn to talk and listen!!
  • Truly believe that we are a team with shared goals
  • Discuss student experiences regularly (instructors and advisors)
  • Student information meeting seminars?
  • Set opportunities to praise each other especially when outside ENE
  • Create and implement collaborative research (especially in areas of funded by organizations other than NSF)
  • Emphasis on teamwork and service
  • Be a giver – not a taker
  • Be learning oriented and sel-reflective
  • Come to work with a smile
  • Come to work with intentions of improvement in your positions daily
  • Dream big!
  • Be open minded!
  • Be trustworthy and trusting
  • Don’t be afraid to ask
  • Take pride in ENE – and share that pride with the world – Agree
  • Be prepared to face the day' challenges
  • Trust between Head and staff – benefits – Good idea – Yay for flex hours.
  • Share ideas and learn from each other
  • Share success and failures – so we can learn from each other on what works and what does not.
  • Monthly Friday Opportunity Discussions
  • Everyone gets 10% free time to focus on ...


Calendar: 5/20

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: Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium Celebrating a Century of Engineering Education Innovation at Purdue

Spring 2014

  • Feb20: 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

News and Information: 5/20

New ENE Faculty starting in the fall

Dr. Morgan Hynes and Dr. Joyce Main will be joining the ENE faculty in August as tenure-track Assistant Professors.  Joyce Main is well known to the ENE community, having been a Visiting Assistant Professor here for the past two years. Morgan Hynes, currently at ASU but originally from Tufts, will be visiting Greater Lafayette later this week (May 22-25).  


A Multilingual Welcome - Help Sought

We are in the process of expanding our list of how you write "Welcome!" in the mother tongue of all students in ENE, especially first-year engineering students.  We already have a list of ways to say “welcome!” that is displayed on the screen in the ARMS 1300 lobby, but we want to develop a more comprehensive collection and also be sure we have the most appropriate way to write "welcome" - in a polite yet friendly way in the relevant script. I suggested we include the Australian “g’day mate,”  but it did not make the cut.

While we are interested in as many languages as possible, we are particularly wanting to ensure we have the best way to say “Welcome!” in Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Malay, Indonesian, Turkish, Spanish, Kazakh, Japanese, Urdu, Bengali, Portuguese, French, Arabic, and German.

If you can help with this effort, please send suggestions to Lisa Tally. lisat@purdue.edu

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