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ENE Memo: May 4, 2015

From the Head: 5/4

Taking Stock

As we approach the end of another academic year, it is natural to take stock of what has been achieved. We also begin to think about the challenges and opportunities in the coming year. As I approach the end of eight years at Purdue I find myself reflecting back on those years. 

Last Thursday marked the end of my fifth year as head of ENE. Immediately prior to that I was interim head for a year after Kamyar Haghighi had to step down due to his rapidly failing health and in the preceding year I was Associate Head assisting Kamyar and representing ENE at many events. In that latter, role I was often his voice - literally. In my first year at Purdue, I led the eighteen month long ENE strategic planning process, I led a process to review the fledgling graduate program and I also led the process that resulted in the “new” first-year courses: ENGR 131/132/141/142.

These past eight years have not been exactly what I imagined they would be when I first arrived at Purdue in 2007. I came here to assist Kamyar during the formative years of the development of ENE, with overly idealistic thoughts about what that might involve. It has been an unexpected, emergent journey of service through taking on a series of new challenges year upon year in an unfamiliar academic environment.

There has been a corresponding journey of professional growth and self-exploration. I have learned loads about people, about the nitty-gritty of academic life in the USA and about my strengths and weaknesses in the various roles I have tried on. Each year brings new, different and unexpected challenges. I imagine that 2015-16 will be no different.

The value of periodically taking stock and reflecting on your work is that it helps you to gain deeper insights about your practice. By stepping back for a moment, you can put things into a broader perspective when planning for the future.  


Calendar: 5/4


  • May 4: Librarian Office Hours, ARMS 1314, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • May 6: Faculty Meeting, Wang 3501, 9:30-11:20am
  • May 13-14: ENE Strategic Advance, Wang Hall, 9:30-4:30pm including McDowell Award for Advising at 10am
  • May 16: ENE Graduation Celebration, Wang Hall, 11am (Commencement, Elliot Hall, 2pm)
  • May 21: Spring Fling, CoRec, 11:30am-4pm


  • June 15-July 10:  STAR  (Student Transition, Advising and Registration), FYE Advising area 
  • June 15: ENGR 132, 8 week module begins, ARMS
  • June 15-18: ASEE Annual Conference, Seattle
  • June 17-18: PEER Workshop, Seattle
  • July 3: Independence Day (observed), university holiday
  • Aug 7: ENGR 132, 8 week module ends, ARMS
  • Aug 8: Commencement
  • Aug 15: ENE End-of-Summer Potluck, Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #1, 4-9pm


  • Aug 19: ENE Faculty Advance (incl. visit by Provost) , WANG 3501, 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Aug 24: Classes commence

News and Information: 5/4

Bravo Awards call for nominations

Bravo Awards are provided for specific accomplishments in any of the following four categories:

  • Moving the University Forward: Accomplishments or contributions that transform or advance University objectives (i.e., initiatives that improve graduation rates, development of programs to measure student academic knowledge, enhancing the academic excellence of the University, improving student affordability, etc.).
  • Operational Excellence: Extraordinary effort during times of critical department need (e.g., contribution that clearly and significantly exceeds standard job requirements and impacts the accomplishments of important and critical business operational goals and deliverables).
  • Innovation/Creativity: Innovative work or suggestions, well beyond standard job requirements, that significantly improve operational efficiencies, introduce a new or modified business practice or improve work process, workflow or customer service.
  • Fiscal Stewardship: Significant cost saving or cost avoidance realized beyond normally expected or established standards.

Bravo Awards provide non-recurring cash payments up to a maximum of $1,000.  The College of Engineering will give Bravo Awards in the amounts of $500, $750, and $1,000 with the level determined by the scope and impact of accomplishment.

To be eligible for a Bravo Award, employees must:

  • Have been employed at the University for at least 3 months
  • Be an active employee
  • At least meet expectations, according to the supervisor’s performance assessment of the employee; the employee must also have no outstanding disciplinary actions

A complete list of eligible employee classifications can be found at:  Individual employees are eligible for a maximum of two Bravo Awards per fiscal year.

Bravo Award nominations are now being solicited for College of Engineering faculty and staff accomplishments that took place during the time frame from November 1, 2014 to present.  Nominations are due to the nominated employee’s school or unit Head/Director by Thursday, May 21.  Nominators should complete section one of the Bravo Nomination Form to nominate deserving faculty and staff.  The nomination form may include an attached document (maximum of one page) if additional space is needed to explain the specific accomplishment for which the employee is being nominated.  The nomination description should explain the accomplishment’s connection to one of the four relevant award categories.  The documentation should also include details about the accomplishment’s scope (small to large scale) and impact (low to high scale) as well as a recommended award amount. Once the nominator has completed section one of the Nomination Form, it should be forwarded to the nominee’s unit Head/Director by no later than May 21.  In June, nominators, supervisors, and school or unit Heads/Directors will be notified of award approvals in addition to the employee being recognized.  College of Engineering award winners will be publicly announced through college-wide communications.  If you have questions regarding the College of Engineering’s Bravo Award program, please contact Will Sondgerath (staff Bravo Awards) or Klod Kokini (faculty Bravo Awards).

The Bravo Award Program provides an opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of our outstanding colleagues in the College of Engineering through public recognition and supplemental compensation.  I look forward to recognizing your nominee’s exceptional achievements.

Kudos: 5/4 Mariana Tafur Arciniegas on successfully defending her dissertation, "Understanding How Adults Approach Technological Challenges: A Sequential Mixed Methods Research." Mariana is returning to Colombia in June to join the faculty at Los Andes University.

…to Lucia Capdevila on receiving the Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award.

…to Lee Rynearson and Isaac Tetzloff on earning the Advanced Graduate Teacher Certificate. Şenay Purzer and Anna Douglas on publication of their guest editorial, "Validity: Meaning and Relevancy in Assessment for Engineering Education Research," in the Journal of Engineering Education.

Funding Opportunities: 5/4

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: ACI & CAREER The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) invites proposals from junior faculty within the community of scientists, engineers, and educators involved with cyberinfrastructure research to apply to the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. ACI’s research interests include use-inspired and/or applied multidisciplinary research. Deadline: July 21

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Belmont Forum Multilateral International Opportunities Fund Initiative This call of the International Opportunities Fund will focus on addressing issues of climate, environmental and related societal change in mountain regions that are best addressed through a coupled interdisciplinary and multinational approach. Pre-proposals due June 1.

NIH T2 Translational Research: Research Leading to New Health Care Practices, Community Programs and Policies Affecting Older Persons (R21) This FOA encourages exploratory/developmental research projects on translational research directed towards development of health care practices, community programs and policies, including monitoring and quality improvement for pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches for preventing and treating key health issues affecting the elderly. Deadline: October 16

DOD-DARPA Innovative Systems for Military Missions BAA This solicitation seeks system and subsystem level technologies that enable revolutionary improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of the military. Novel concepts are sought in the following focus areas: Ground Systems, Maritime Systems, Air Systems, and Space Systems. White papers and proposals accepted through 4/27/16.

NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program: Smallsat Technology Partnerships (STP) The objective of this program is to support the development and/or demonstration of new technologies and capabilities for small spacecraft by U.S. colleges and universities in collaboration with NASA. Projects may be for ground-based technology development or development of spacecraft or payloads for suborbital, balloon or orbital space flight technology demonstrations.  Notices of Intent due May 20; Proposals due June 8.

EPA National Farmworker Training  The Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications for a pesticide safety program, including training and education, aimed at reducing exposure to pesticides for agricultural workers, their families and the agricultural community. The grantee will conduct a national program to educate farmworkers about how to reduce risks from pesticides. Deadline: June 8

ED-IES Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice  The purpose of the Networks is to focus resources and attention on education problems or issues that are high priority for the nation, and to create both a structure and process for researchers who are working on these issues to share ideas, build new knowledge, and strengthen their research and dissemination capacity. For FY16, the Institute invites Networks proposals on two topics: (1) Supporting Early Learning from Preschool Through Early Elementary School Grades; and (2) Scalable Strategies to Support College Completion. Letters of Intent due June 4; Applications due August 6.

ED Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success The purpose of this program is to encourage institutions of higher education to develop model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students. Deadline: June 23

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:  USDA-NIFA Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) The legislative purpose of this program is to support research and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). NIFA intends this program to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences and related disciplines.  A proposed project may address one or more Educational Need Areas and/or be an Applied Project that addresses research, outreach and capacity building to benefit the communities served, especially that of their students. Educational Need Areas are as follows: Curriculum Design, Materials Development, and Library Resources; Faculty Preparation and Enhancement of Teaching; Instruction Delivery Systems; Scientific Instrumentation for Teaching and Research; Student Experiential Learning; and Student Recruitment, Retention, and Educational Equity (including the provision of student financial assistance).  Applied Projects are as follows: Applied Studies in the Food and Agricultural Sciences; Applied Research Support Systems; Technology-based Information Delivery Systems; and Other Applied Research and Community Development Applications.  For this opportunity, Purdue may be involved in only two applications: one leading a Regular grant and one application as either lead or participating partner in a Consortium grant.  Purdue cannot participate on any other applications as a subcontracted partner.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, May 11: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, May 18: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • Sponsor deadline:  June 15

Limited Submission:  NSF/NIST Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights: Defining the Critical Needs of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Community The awarded consortium will inform and promote regular and sustained communication and research coordination across the public and private sectors, provide federal decision-makers with timely access to top university and industry experts, and respond quickly to requests from federal decision-makers for detailed input on nascent opportunities and priorities in manufacturing. These activities will improve the coordination of federal advanced manufacturing technology and research and development strategies. The Consortium will cooperate with the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office of NIST, the President’s National Science and Technology Council, and the U.S. Government Agencies that support advanced manufacturing to help provide the timely information needed to achieve that coordination. A Consortium proposal must be submitted by an existing organization that is a consortium or that represents a consortium, with a stake in basic research and education in advanced manufacturing. The consortium is expected to be broad-based, with membership that includes institutions of higher education with strong research track records in advanced manufacturing and other private and public sector organizations, including industry. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

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.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Recompetition of Operations and Management of NSF-supported Facilities to Succeed the GAGE and SAGE Facilities  NSF expects to release the program solicitation during the first quarter of 2016.  The deadline is expected to be in December 2016.

Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions.

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