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ENE Memo: May 28, 2012

From the Head: 5/28

The Year Ahead: Priorities for 2012-13

Given the Challenges and Opportunities for ENE outlined in the May 21 ENE Memo, the following table summarizes my priorities for the year ahead. They are organized under the four goals of the ENE Strategic Plan.

ENE Strategic Goal

Priorities for 2012-13

Empower Our People

  • Expand our Senior Leadership capacity
  • Grow faculty and staff (both in numbers and in capability)
  • Create a rolling plan for course development and teaching assignments that achieve the Curriculum Challenge goals

Set the Pace (in Academic Programs)

  • Establish the FYE Operations Center
  • Expand TULIP (Teaching Undergraduates for Learning Investment Program)
  • Prepare for ABET accreditation of the MDE Program
  • Create options for ENE Master's program(s)

Answer the BIG research questions

  • Create activities that foster a collaborative research ecosystem & culture
  • Take the Industry-based research initiative to the next level
  • Establish labs for all major research activities

Grow the Community

  • Lead/host at least one national event and plan for more in 2013-14
  • Consolidate global partnerships and academic exchanges

Another priority during 2012-13 is to build upon the analysis in the self-study for the recent external review to evaluate more comprehensively the outcomes of the current ENE Strategic Plan, as a prelude to preparing our approach to the next 5 to 10 years. As the report of the external review committee noted, “ENE is currently implementing the results of their strategic plan, which has been a success. Soon, they will need to begin working on the vision for their next phase.”

As the demographics of our school continue to change and hopefully new faculty and staff join us, we need to set our direction for our second decade. Rather than going back to the beginning and creating a brand new Strategic Plan, I propose we consider using the basic framework of the current plan – our Vision, our Mission, our Four Goals and our Espoused Values – as the ENE Strategic Compass to help us navigate the significant changes in higher education generally and Purdue specifically over the coming decade. These core elements have proven to be remarkably robust thus far. Going forward, they will enable us to exploit peripheral vision and pivot quickly as circumstances change, while not losing the core foundation of who we are. It is critical that we remain agile enough to grasp opportunities that will arise as we reach our full potential.

– David

News and Information: 5/28

Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Report

This report has now been officially released. The news release can be found at

A free PDF copy of the DBER report can be downloaded from the National Academies Press web site.

Karl Smith was a member of the committee, and his hope is that this report helps support and build our emerging engineering education research community.

ASEE Conference: A Few Reminders

ENE booth: If you're attending the conference and haven't yet contacted Lisa Tally with times when you're free to work the ENE booth, please e-mail her at with that information. Lisa will compile and send out a comprehensive schedule next week.

ENE alumni and grad student reception: Stop by ENE's booth in the conference exhibit hall on Sunday, June 10, at 6:30pm to catch up with our PhD alums, faculty, and grad students.

Calendar: 5/28

Summer 2012

  • June 10-13 - ASEE Annual Conference and Exhibition
  • Sunday, June 10Alumni and Current PhD Students Gathering at ENE Booth in ASEE Exhibition • 6:30pm 
  • June 18 - July 12 - STAR (Student Transition Advising and Registration)
  • June/July - ENGR 132 Summer Section

Fall 2012

  • Aug 14 - ENE Research Advance (10am-3pm)
  • Aug 17 - New PhD student Orientation
  • Aug 20 - Classes Commence
  • Aug 23 - ENE Research Seminar, ARMS BO71, 3:30pm
  • Sept 28 - Inaugural ENE First Year Friday (A celebration of FYE)
  • Sept 28-29 - Alumni Weekend
  • Sept  29 - Family Day (ENE Booth)
  • Oct 12-14 - Homecoming Weekend (ENE Booth and i2i Learning Lab Tours)
  • Oct 24/25 - PhD Open House (TBC) 
  • Nov 1 - 2nd Annual ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium - "Where did I leave my chariot?"
  • Nov 2 - Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: Research

National or Independence Days around the World

  • May 28 – Ethiopia – National Day
  • June 1 – Samoa Independence Day

Kudos: 5/28 Joyce Main on being awarded a $20k Research Grant from the AERA Grants Program, supported by the National Science Foundation, for a project titled “Pathways to Tenure-Track Faculty Positions: The Intersection Between Institutional Benefits Policies, Family Formation, and Career Progression” with Co-PI Ronald Ehrenberg. Michele Strutz on being named the 2012 Faculty Fellow of the Year for Harrison Hall. The Faculty Fellow Program (not to be confused with ENE's Future Faculty Fellow program, which mentors those in the ENE community who aspire to careers as academic faculty)  aspires to facilitate informal interaction between students living in University Residences and Purdue faculty and staff. The program provides individual time and attention and promotes student awareness of the opportunity for intellectual, social, cultural, and personal growth. According to an announcement of this award, Michele has been an integral part of the Harrison Hall Faculty Fellow team for two years and will be continuing with her third year during the 2012-13 academic year. No matter what is going on in Michele's life, she always has a positive attitude and is very encouraging and supportive. Michele also headed up the Common Reading all-hall program at Harrison as well as several large-scale programs for her floor and the men’s side floor she partnered with. An Exponent article has details about an outreach project Michele organized: Karl Smith on the publication of the National Research Council report "Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering." Karl participated in this consensus study, one of two experts invited to represent engineering in an initiative that also encompasses physics, biology, the geosciences, chemistry, and astronomy. Read more about the report in this National Academies news release. Tamara Moore (ENE PhD Alumnus) on receiving promotion to associate professor with tenure at the University of Minnesota's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Tamara is co-director of the university's STEM Education Center. Katerina Bagiati (ENE PhD Alumnus) on being chosen for ASEE's Apprentice Educator Award, to be bestowed at the organization's annual conference this June.

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