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ENE Memo May 26, 2014

From the Head: 5/26

New Faculty in 2014/15

There will be at least three new faculty joining ENE this fall; Allison Godwin, Jennifer DeBoer and Ed Berger.

They each bring unique research and teaching experiences that will enhance the breadth and depth of the things we do.   

Allison Godwin is completing her doctorate at Clemson where she is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in Engineering and Science Education. She has a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University. Her research interests lie in the area of understanding how underrepresented groups choose and remain in engineering. Allison's dissertation research focuses on identifying predictive factors for increasing female enrollment in engineering utilizing mixed methods techniques and the theoretical framework of Critical Engineering Agency (CEA). She has collaborated actively with researchers in other disciplines including physics education, chemical engineering, and civil engineering.

Jennifer DeBoer is currently the postdoctoral associate for education research for the Teaching and Learning Laboratory at MIT. Her work addresses the observable and the more complex social, cultural, and economic background factors that facilitate diverse students’ paths through the engineering education system. In TLL, her work includes in-depth study of recent edX Massive Open Online Courses, the use of online platforms in blended settings, and the development of a direct method of assessment of global competence. Her other work includes the investigation of women’s participation in engineering and the support of engineering teaching in settings around the world. Jennifer's PhD is from Vanderbilt University in international education policy studies and her bachelor's degrees are in mechanical engineering and foreign languages and literatures from MIT. She is involved extensively in international engineering education organizations. She served as the president and frequently facilitated workshops for the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED), which works to empower students around the globe to make improvements in engineering education systems themselves. She is currently co-director of the International Institute for the Development of Engineering Academics (IIDEA) and the editor for the International Studies SIG in the American Education Research Association.

Ed Berger brings a wealth of academic experience to ENE. Currently he is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he is also an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and teaches broadly in the engineering curriculum. His research interests include disciplinary work on the nonlinear mechanics of joints and interfaces; this work dates back to the mid-1990’s when he earned the PhD from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. More recently, his research has also focused on two engineering education issues: (i) as an instructor, the use of social media for effective teaching, and (ii) as a School administrator, the emerging institutional research area of predictive models for student academic success. Berger is one of the two mechanics-area leaders for the ASEE Faculty Virtual Community of Practice (VCP) project, and his work has been funded by NSF and others. Ed will be a joint appointment with Mechanical Engineering (25%).  

We look forward to kicking off our second decade as ENE with an expanded faculty team.  

Calendar: 5/26

Summer 2014

  • June 6-14 Workshops for visitors from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia
  • 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: 5/26

Safety Committee

The most recent meeting minutes of the Safety Committe are available HERE. One of the Departmental Action Items from the 2014 REM Recertification is for everyone to review the biweekly meeting minutes.

Interim Provost

Laurel Weldon, professor of political science and interim vice provost for faculty affairs, will serve as interim provost during June 1-30. Weldon will assume responsibility from Tim Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, who becomes president of Virginia Tech University on June 1.

On July 1, Debasish "Deba" Dutta, currently associate provost and dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will become the University's next provost.

Kudos: 5/26 Krishna Madhavan on his summer Visiting Researcher position at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. He will be working on laying the engineering foundations for bringing many of the research results from DIA2 directly onto MSFT's global search platform as well as working closely on big data, cloud-based solutions for understanding the impact of research investments, and helping define MSFT’s future strategy for academic search.

Funding Opportunities: 5/26

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII)  With the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD, The Directorate for CISE will award grants to initiate the course of one's independent research. Understanding the critical role of establishing that independence early in one's career, it is expected that funds will be used to support untenured faculty or research scientists in their first two years in an academic position after the PhD.  Deadline: September 24

NSF Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME) The MME program supports fundamental research leading to improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and their application in manufacturing processes.  Key goals of the program are to advance the transition of manufacturing from skill-based to knowledge-based activities, and to advance technologies that will enable the manufacturing sector to reduce its environmental impacts.  Deadline: September 15.

NSF Mechanics of Materials  The Mechanics of Materials program supports fundamental research on the behavior of solid materials and respective devices under external actions.  A diverse and interdisciplinary spectrum of research is supported with emphasis placed on fundamental understanding that i) advances theory, experimental, and/or computational methods in Mechanics of Materials, and/or ii) uses contemporary Mechanics of Materials methods to address modern challenges in material and device mechanics and physics.  Deadline: October 1

HHS-CDC Multiple Approaches to Increase Awareness and Support Among Young Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer This program has two essential components: 1) development of a strategic and integrated health communication, marketing and media approach to disseminating health messages to young breast cancer survivors (YBCS); and 2) Provision of structured support services to YBCS from diagnosis through post treatment.  Deadline: July 1

NASA-ROSES Habitable Worlds  The goal of the Habitable Worlds program is to use knowledge of the history of the Earth and the life upon it as a guide for determining the processes and conditions that create and maintain habitable environments and to search for ancient and contemporary habitable environments and explore the possibility of extant life beyond the Earth.  Research areas include, but are not limited to, the presence of water and/or exotic solvents, sources of energy for life, presence of organics and their reactivity, and water body physics and chemistry as they pertain to habitability and habitability over time.  Deadline:  November 24 – Stage 1 application; January 23, 2015 – Stage 2 application.

DOD-NSWC Crane BAA  The purpose of the funding under this Broad Agency Announcement is receiving proposals for the development of novel solutions/concepts to the areas of interest listed here: Next Generation Technology Transfer System, Advanced Ultra Short Pulsed Laser Sources & Concepts, Pulsed Neutron Effects Research, Intelligent Computing Algorithms and Applications to Electronic Maneuver Warfare, and Beam Stacking in Electron Synchrotrons.  Deadline: June 16

EPA Air, Climate and Energy (ACE) Centers: Science Supporting Solutions  EPA is interested in supporting research on the development of sound science to systematically inform policy makers at the state and local levels regarding the development of innovative approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution.  The emphasis in the next round of ACE Centers will be to continue to address questions surrounding the complex air pollution mixture and resulting health effects, and to also take into consideration the role of a changing climate and other global change factors in these relationships using an integrated and multidisciplinary approach.  Deadline: September 4

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.

**Effective immediately, the OVPR’s limited submission internal review process will no longer require letters of intent (LOIs).  Instead, competitions will require only a preproposal  (unless otherwise stated).  As with current practices, preproposal templates will be posted on the limited submission website and will be tailored to reflect the review components of the actual proposal.**

Limited Submission: NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) (R25) The goal of the SEPA program is to invest in educational activities that enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.  To this end, this FOA encourages the development of innovative educational activities for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 (P-12), teachers and students from underserved communities with a focus on Courses for Skills Development, Research Experiences, Mentoring Activities, Curriculum or Methods Development or Informal science Education (ISE) exhibits, and Outreach activities.

  • Internal Deadline:  Preproposals due June 2
  • Sponsor Deadline:  July 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.


NIH Piloting Modified Biosketches  Modified biosketches will be piloted under a round of RFAs issued over the next few months beginning with an RFA issued earlier this month (RFA-NR-15-001).  The information collected in the current pilot will be used along with findings previously collected to inform the roll-out of the modified biosketch for all NIH grant applications planned for FY16 and beyond.   

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