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ENE Memo: May 7, 2012

From the Head: 5/7

Class of 2012 – A Time for Celebration and Reflection

This coming weekend is commencement - a time for graduates and their families, friends and supporters to celebrate a major milestone in life. We will be marking this transition with a reception in the ARMS 1300 lobby at 4:30pm on this Friday, May 11. We have two groups of graduates in the ENE Class of 2012: those receiving a bachelor's degree in either Multidisciplinary Engineering or Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies and those receiving a PhD in Engineering Education. Due to a change in the commencement ceremonies this year, the MDE/IDE students will receive their diplomas on Friday evening (following the reception)/ and the PhDs will be hooded at the commencement on Sunday.

Sixteen are graduating in Multidisciplinary Engineering in the concentrations specified.

Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Nicolas Guerra-Mondragon
Jason B. Kaczkowski
Stephen A. Kelly
Roderick W. Lammers
Ashley A. Stahly
Ziyu Zhu

Acoustical Engineering
Andrew J. Doerr
Daniel S. Hayes
Juliana J. Khoo
Michael W. Semmel
Brett J. Seward
Daniel J. Varnau


Technical Theatre Engineering
Ian M. Boze

Engineering Management
Brandon J. Ezra
Medical Devices Engineering
Lindsay B. Moore
Visual Design Engineering
William P. Myers

A further six are graduating in Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies in a variety of concentrations as shown.  

Pre-Medical Engineering  Studies
Gary L. Brizendine
Chad A. Tuchek


Audio Engineering Studies
Jeremy S. Clifford
Keian Kirkegaard

Theatre Engineering Studies
Dana M. Navarra
Visual Design Engineering Studies
Britton M. Meihls

In the past year, there have been two graduates from the PhD program in Engineering Education: Dr. Katerina Bagiati in August 2011 and Dr. Michele Strutz this April.

To add to the festivities this week, on Monday (today) we will be recognizing the achievements of ENE staff and faculty, whose efforts helped many students across the entire Purdue engineering Class of 2012 to reach their academic goals. These include the 2012 winner of the McDowell Award for Advising (the winner will be announced at the event);  the promotion of Matt Ohland to Full Professor and Ruth Streveler to Associate Professor with Tenure; the ENE Best Teacher Award, to Matt Ohland, who has also just been admitted as a Fellow to Purdue’s Teaching Academy; and the promotion of Dana Hartfiel from our business office, who has been promoted to Junior Systems & Report Accountant in Accounting Services.

This week also marks one year since the passing of the founding head of ENE, Kamyar Haghighi (May 9, 2011). So as we celebrate these various achievements let us also remember to thank all those who helped us along the way and those who went before and enabled us to be successful. Following the example set by the ENE graduate students earlier this year, please send a thank-you note to a mentor or former teacher who encouraged you or sparked your interest in engineering.

Congratulations one and all! 

 - David

News and Information: 5/7

Employee Assistance Program Services

The services of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at Purdue were presented at the Dean's Leadership Team meeting last week. I strongly recommend that all faculty and staff, but especially supervisors including faculty advisors, become familiar with these services and make effective use of them. During the summer and early fall a representative of EAP will be invited to meet with ENE supervisors and faculty to give a presentation on the EAP services.   

WorkLife Programs Employee Assistance can help with the following issues:

  • Marriage or adult relationships
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Stress (work-related, anxiety, self-esteem issues)
  • Depression
  • Problem drinking and drug abuse
  • Elder caregiving
  • Adjustment following divorce
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Child behavior problems
  • Single parenting concerns
  • Other personal problems that affect work-life
  • Grief and loss issues

When you visit WorkLife Programs Employee Assistance, you will meet with an Employee Assistance professional for an initial assessment to discuss the problem you are facing and to develop options for addressing it. Based upon your initial assessment, the Employee Assistance professional will help you determine the best way to address your problem. This may include up to eight visits with the Employee Assistance professional, or you may be referred to another local agency or resource.

Employees are entitled to go to the first appointment in paid status. All other appointments are to be taken as either sick leave or vacation. To make an appointment, call 49-47707 or stop by our office at the State Street Office Facility (SSOF), 1601 W. State St., 8 a.m.-noon or 1-5 p.m.

 - David

Calendar: 5/7

Spring 2012

  • Monday, May 7 - Spring Appreciation Celebration (McDowell Advising Award, Promotions, Teaching Awards)  - ARMS 1300 Lobby, 10:30 am
  • Tuesday, May 8  - Grades due
  • Friday, May 11 - ENE Class of 2012 Reception graduates and families in Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies, Multidisciplinary Engineering and PhD programs - ARMS 1300 Lobby, 4:30pm
  • Friday, May 11 - Engineering Commencement (BS only)
  • Sunday, May 13 - PhD Commencement

Summer 2012

  • June 10-13 - ASEE Annual Conference and Exhibition
  • June 18 - July 12 - STAR (Student Transition Advising and Registration)
  • June/July - ENGR 132 Summer Section

Fall 2012

  • Wednesday, Aug 15 - ENE Research Advance
  • Friday, Aug 17 - New PhD student Orientation
  • Monday, Aug 20 - Classes Commence
  • Friday, Sept 28 - Alumni Weekend
  • Saturday, Sept  29 - Family Day (ENE Booth)
  • Saturday, Oct 12-14 - Homecoming Weekend (ENE Booth and i2i Learning Lab Tours)
  • Thursday, Nov 1 - 2nd Annual ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium 
  • Friday, Nov 2 - Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: Research

Independence or National Days around the World

Kudos: 5/7 Matt Ohland on being chosen to serve as a Fellow of Purdue's Teaching Academy, which strives to bring together the best teaching faculty across campus to create a collective voice for teaching and learning at Purdue. Matt will be recognized at the Academy's induction ceremony, to be held this fall.

JEE cover a host of ENE faculty and PhD alumni who, collectively, co-authored four of eight papers in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of Engineering Education: "What does it mean to design? A Qualitative investigation of design professional's experiences": Shanna Daly, Robin Adams and George Bodner (courtesy faculty); "Instructor's intended learning outcomes in using computational simulations as learning tools": Alejandra Magana, Sean Brophy, and George Bodner (courtesy faculty); "Women in industrial engineering: Stereotypes, persistence, and perspectives": Catherine Brawner, Michelle Camacho, Susan Lord, Russell Long, and Matt Ohland; "A framework for analyzing feedback in a formative assessment system for mathematical modeling problems": Heidi Diefes-Dux, Judith Zawojewski, Margret Hjalmarson, and Monica Cardella. Emily Zhu, whose paper "Facilitating Graduate Students' Professional Development: Implementation and Evaluation of Learning Activities" has been selected as the Best Student Paper in the ASEE Graduate Studies Division. the following graduate students, who have passed major milestones this year: Graduating: Michele Strutz. Passed prelim: Hadi Ali, Lorie Groll, Brianna Dorie, Diana Bairaktorova, Sensen Li, Celia (Rui) Pan, Meagan Ross, Qi Jin, Marisol Mercado, and Joe Lin. Passed readiness assessment: Ben Ahn, Mary Pilotte, Natasha Perova, Lindsey Nelson, Xingyu Chen, Dan Ferguson, Ruth Wertz, Beth Holloway, Amy Van Epps, and Julia Thompson. the newly elected leadership of Purdue's ASEE student chapter: Nick Fila (President), Emily Dringenberg (Vice President), Jaqi McNeil (Treasurer), and Joi-Lynn Mondisa (Secretary).

To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact David Radcliffe or Lisa Tally by midday Friday for the following week's issue.