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ENE Memo: May 21, 2012

From the Head: 5/21

The Year Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities

The academic year 2012-13 will be full of challenges – and opportunities – for ENE. As highlighted in the report of the external review of our school, two major challenges center on the senior leadership and space. These challenges are a reflection of the rapid growth and overall success of the school, so in many ways these are “good” problems to have.

The issue of the lack of senior leadership in ENE has been a significant constraint on the school over the past two to three years. The difficulties experienced in finding suitable and available candidates for the Gallagher professorship indicate that finding people external to Purdue in the immediate term to help share the leadership load is not going to be easy. On the other hand, that we now have two endowed professorships is an endorsement by external supporters that what we are doing and where we are heading is important and worth investing in. It is also an opportunity for us to redouble our efforts to attract new talent to share in our vision and work.

Limited space for faculty, staff and graduate students and laboratories is currently a major impediment to further growth of the research enterprise, and this problem is only likely to get worse in the coming years. With the growth in the FYE numbers, we have hired more advisors and learning support staff, and the original space in ARMS 1300 is stretched to the limit. The PhD program continues to grow, reaching around 75 by this fall, and we are planning to activate the MS program in ENE. This number of graduate students was not planned for in the original allocation of space for ENE in ARMS. Already many students are in GRIS as part of INSPIRE, and some are in Discovery Park in the DLRC or in labs in POTR. All of the laboratory space for ENE is temporally allocated space. This scattering of the graduate students and post-doctoral researchers and the increasing lack of ability to house them together is not conducive to developing a sense of common purpose and belonging. As a new school that brings together three academic programs - FYE, IDE/MDE and graduate - we do not have the same natural coherence of programs that exist in other engineering schools in the college where the undergraduate and graduate programs have the same name.

Many faculty from around the world desire to spend a sabbatical in ENE. However, our ability to house these visitors is severely constrained at present, which curtails our capacity to “grow the community.” We need some imaginative strategies to fully grasp this opportunity.

In the next *ENE Memo* I will outline some of my priorities for 2012-13.

 - David

News and Information: 5/21

Are you headed to San Antonio...

...for the ASEE conference in June? If so, keep an eye out for an e-mail from Lisa Tally, asking you to sign up for a shift in ENE's booth (#355). There'll also be a reception for our PhD graduates on Sunday, June 10, at 6:30pm at the booth, during the (newly instituted) ASEE welcome reception at the Exhibit Hall on Sunday evening. Hoping to see you there!

Calendar: 5/21

Summer 2012

  • June 10-13 - ASEE Annual Conference and Exhibition
  • June 18 - July 12 - STAR (Student Transition Advising and Registration)
  • June/July - ENGR 132 Summer Section

Fall 2012

  • Tuesday, Aug 14 - ENE Research Advance
  • Friday, Aug 17 - New PhD student Orientation
  • Monday, Aug 20 - Classes Commence
  • Thursday, Aug 23 - ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30pm
  • Friday, Sept 28 - Inaugural ENE First Year Friday (A celebration of FYE)
  • Fri-Sat, Sept 28-29 - Alumni Weekend
  • Saturday, Sept  29 - Family Day (ENE Booth)
  • Saturday, Oct 12-14 - Homecoming Weekend (ENE Booth and i2i Learning Lab Tours)
  • Thursday, Nov 1 - 2nd Annual ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium - "Where id I leave my chariot?"
  • Friday, Nov 2 - Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: Research

National or Independence Days around the World

  • May 22 – Yemen – National Day
  • May 24 – Eritrea – Independence Day
  • May 25 – Argentina – National Day
  • May 25 – Jordan – Independence Day
  • May 26 – Georgia – National Day

Kudos: 5/21 Lisa Tally and Cathy Swick for the herculean task of finalizing the ENE Research Report and getting it to the printer on Thursday! The report will be "launched" at the ASEE Conference in early June.

... to Phil Wankat and Karl Smith on their invited paper Five Major Shifts in 100 Years of Engineering Education in the Centenary issue of the Proceedings IEEE | Vol. 100, May 13th, 2012.

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