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ENE Memo: May 2, 2016

From the Head: 05/02/2016

Phil Wankat - Morrill Award Winner

The Morrill Award honors West Lafayette campus faculty at the rank of professor for outstanding career achievements; people who have excelled at all facets of the professoriate and will have demonstrated synergies between their roles as teachers, scholars and any aspect of the engagement mission by evidencing the impact or potential impact of their work on society.  This is the fifth year of the Morrill Award, initiated to honor the Morrill Act of 1862, which allowed for the establishment of land-grant colleges and universities.

Dr. Wankat’s career exemplifies the spirit of the Morrill Act. He has dedicated his life’s work to transforming the lives of citizens, locally and globally, through providing them access to a liberal and practical education as envisioned in the Act. His drive to make a lasting difference is reflected in every facet of his endeavors as a faculty member; in his teaching, in his scholarship and in his engagement. Indeed the synergy he has created between these three facets has changed for the better not only the lives of the generations of students he has mentored at Purdue but also the education of tens of thousands of additional students across the United States and around the world through the translation of his original scholarship to transform the way faculty teach engineering. 

The announcement of the Award states;

In 46 years on the Purdue faculty, Wankat has interwoven teaching, research and service at a rare level, garnering a high number of awards and citations in his two disciplines. Having achieved national recognition in chemical engineering, he then became a pioneer in the emerging discipline of engineering education. He even persuaded Purdue to allow him to earn an MSEd (1982) to complement his engineering degrees (BS Purdue, 1966).

In his technical research, his focus on mass transfer and separation led to more than 190 papers in Chemical Engineering plus two patents. He was editor-in-chief of a prestigious journal for 10 years. He has engaged with industry and produced works that reshaped aspects of distillation. These efforts have brought numerous service awards.

With equal vigor, he has worked to improve the teaching of engineering, and he was selected in 1999 for the inaugural cohort of Purdue's Book of Great Teachers. He has spread the message of engineering education through groundbreaking research articles, dozens of workshops, editorial work and course design. As associate dean, he played a pivotal role in the creation of Purdue's Department (now School) of Engineering Education.

This is a wonderful recognition of the many contributions that Phil has made at Purdue and for advancing the chemical engineering and engineering education communities nationally and globally.


Kudos: 05/02/2016

to Matt Ohlandon being selected to receive the (with Susan Lord and Richard Layton), the 2016 IEEE Transactions on Education Best Paper Award for the best paper published in the journal in 2015.

to Monique Ross who has a tenure-track position at Florida International University in the School of Computing and the STEM Transformation Institute. She will be an assistant professor of computer science and will start in August.

to Natascha Trellinger and Yu Gong for passing their prelims.

Calendar: 05/02/2016

Spring 2016

  • May 5: Faculty Meeting, 9:30 – 11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • May 5. Staff Memorial Ceremony, 3:00 pm, Black Cultural Center Formal Lounge.
  • May 10: Grades Due
  • May 11/12: ENE Strategic Advance
  • May 13: Graduate School Commencement, 4pm, Elliot Hall of Music
  • May 13: Engineering Commencement, 8pm, Elliot Hall of Music
  • May 25: Spring Fling, 11:30am – 4pm, Memorial Mall

Summer 2016

  • June 26-29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • Aug 11-13: 3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago

Fall 2016

  • Aug 14: End-of-Summer Potluck, 5 – 8pm, Happy Hollow Park
  • Aug 15: Faculty return
  • Aug 17: ENE Advance (TBD)
  • Aug 22: Classes begin

News and Information: 05/02/2016

Staff Memorial May 5

Staff members from the West Lafayette campus who have died during the past calendar year will be honored and remembered at a ceremony on May 5. This includes our own Paul Birkhimer.

The ceremony will be at 3 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center Formal Lounge, 1100 Third St.

All staff are invited to attend in paid status with the approval of their supervisor. Persons with special needs can contact Lisa Sultemeier at or 765-494-43092. 

Change in ENE Grad Chair

Ruth Streveler will be completing her time as Chair of the ENE Graduate Committee at the end of this summer.  Effective August 15, 2016 (start of fall semester) the ENE Graduate Committee will be lead jointly by Brent Jesiek and Senay Purzer, as co-chairs.

We thank Ruth for her leadership of the Grad Committee over the past couple of years. She has a deep commitment to the graduate program and to our students.  Please give Brent and Senay every support as they take up the leadership role next fall.

Funding Opportunities: 05/02/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program This program seeks to encourage talented STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers. The program invites creative and innovative proposals that address the critical need for recruiting and preparing highly effective K-12 STEM teachers, especially in high-need local educational agencies. The program offers four tracks: Track 1) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends, Track 2) NSF Teaching Fellowships, Track 3) NSF Master Teaching Fellowships, and Track 4) Noyce Research. In addition, Capacity Building proposals are accepted from proposers intending to develop a future Track 1, 2, or 3 proposal. Deadline: September 6

NSF Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD) The EPMD Program seeks to improve the fundamental understanding of devices and components based on the principles of micro- and nano-electronics, optics and photonics, optoelectronics, magnetics, electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. Deadline: November 1

NSF Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN) To meet new challenges and societal needs, the EPCN Program invests in systems and control methods for analysis and design of cyber-physical systems to ensure stability, performance, robustness, and security. Deadline: November 1

NSF Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS) The CCSS Program is intended to spur visionary systems-oriented activities in collaborative, multidisciplinary, and integrative engineering research. CCSS supports systems research in hardware, signal processing techniques, and architectures to enable the next generation of cyber-physical systems that leverage computation, communication, and algorithms integrated with physical domains. Deadline: November 1

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Innovative Computational Infrastructure for Understanding the Brain This DCL encourages two types of funding requests: 1) Proposals for Conferences that are designed to bring together domain neuroscientists and computational infrastructure developers to explore needs for and opportunities to develop innovative computational infrastructure solutions that transform the practice of neuroscience; and 2) Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) proposals for high risk/high reward innovative concepts and pilot projects that aim to ultimately result in deployment of ambitious, sustainable computational infrastructure resources, capabilities, and services that will enhance and accelerate the neuroscientific discovery process for a broad base of users. White paper due May 20.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals Under the SBE-RCUK Lead Agency Agreement The goal of this agreement is to promote transatlantic collaborative research by reducing some of the barriers to conducting international research that researchers may encounter. This agreement will allow US and UK researchers to submit a single collaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process. Deadlines vary by program.

NIH NIDDK Short-Term Research Experience Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) (R25) STEP-UP provides funding to research institutions to provide for a national summer research experience program for both high school and undergraduate students for eight to ten weeks.  STEP-UP seeks to facilitate exposure opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and individuals with disabilities. Deadline: August 9

FDA Collaborating Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (U01) This funding opportunity will provide support for one or more Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSIs), which will serve to advance the Agency's regulatory science goals through cutting-edge research, state-of -the-art training/educational programs and collaborative interactions including scientific exchanges, workshops and seminars. Letter of Intent due May 13; Application due June 28.

DOE Lighting Alternatives Maximizing Performance & Suitability (LAMPS) DOE-BTO Emerging Technologies program is announcing a new program focused on developing higher-efficacy and cost-effective replacement lamps in general illumination applications. The LAMPS program seeks to accelerate the development of replacement lamps that meet or exceed 45 lumens per watt, maintain the needed performance attributes of the incandescent lamps they replace, eliminate or minimize any performance compromises, and create suitable lighting options for incandescent lamps where none exist today. Optional letters of intent due May 6; Applications due May 23.

NASA Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program: University Leadership Initiative This initiative allows universities and university-led partnerships to provide strategic leadership that advances ARMD’s research objectives and promotes education of the next generation of engineers. Proposers will identify technical challenges and research activities that will contribute to the six strategic thrusts provided in the ARMD Strategic Implementation Plan. Notices of Intent due May 5; Step-A proposals due June 7; Step-B proposals due upon request.

DOC-EDA FY16 Regional Innovation Strategies Program Funding is available for capacity-building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and for operational support for organizations that provide essential early-stage funding to startups. Under the RIS Program, EDA is soliciting applications for two separate competitions: the 2016 i6 Challenge; and the Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grant competition. Deadline: June 24

ED Investing in Innovation Fund (I3) Development Grants The i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. Development grants provide funding to support the development or testing of practices that are supported by evidence of promise or a strong theory and whose efficacy should be systematically studied.  Notices of Intent due May 10; Pre-applications due May 25; Full applications due upon request.

Kendal Charitable Funds Promising Innovations Program Kendal Charitable Funds is seeking ideas that can enhance the lives of an aging population through services and research. The organization interested in developing new understandings and awareness of issues and opportunities in support of this initiative. It will give priority to projects that have significant potential for change and replication. The proposed project must focus on identifying and effectively responding to challenges face by individuals aging in place in rural areas. Letters of intent due June 13; Invited proposals due August 5.

Limited Submissions:

Preproposals and rankings to the EVPRP should be e-mailed to Purdue’s open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for preproposals may be found at For any case in which the number of preproposals received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the EVPRP will notify the PI(s) that an internal competition will be unnecessary.

Limited Submission: DOE Machine Learning and Understanding for High Performance Computing Scientific Discovery DOE invites proposals for basic research that significantly advances Machine Learning and Understanding for High Performance Computing Scientific Discovery in the context of emerging algorithms and software for extreme scale computing platforms and next generation networks. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only four full applications as lead institution. There is no limit on the number of pre-applications that may be submitted and/or encouraged, but an organization will have to decline participation in one or more encouraged full applications if more than four are encouraged.

  • Internal Deadline: Contact by May 20th with a copy of your pre-application. 
  • Sponsor Deadlines: Pre-application due May 20; Application due June 21. 

Anticipated Funding Opportunities:

These solicitations are anticipated to be released soon based on the timing of previous solicitations for the program or notices of intent to publish. We are posting this information to help with proposal planning efforts but please keep in mind that the release dates and/or scope of a solicitation can change from year-to-year so be sure to read the solicitation carefully once it is released.

DOE Notice of Intent for FY16 Vehicle Technologies Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to the EERE Exchange website in the June 2016 timeframe.


Dimensions of Discovery Spring 2016 edition released online (PDF)

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