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ENE Memo: May 28, 2013

From the Head: 5/27

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: 5/27

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

Kudos: 5/27 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.

News and Information: 5/27

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.

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