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ENE Memo: May 9, 2016

From the Head: 05/09/2016

A Time to Celebrate; a Time to Prepare

This Friday is Spring Commencement; a time for graduates and their families, friends and supporters to celebrate a major milestone in life. We have two groups of graduates in the ENE Class of 2016: those receiving a bachelor's degree in either Multidisciplinary Engineering or Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies and those receiving a PhD in Engineering Education. Congratulations one and all. If you are looking for that special gift for a graduate, consider "Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from a Little Golden Book."

To add to the festivities this week, on Thursday as part of the annual ENE Advance we will recognize Suzi Walker as the 2016 Richard W. McDowell Best Advisor.

While faculty transition at the end of this academic year, the pace does not let up as ENE staff are busily preparing for a very hectic summer.

We will welcome a record number of new first-year engineering students to Purdue during STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Success), which runs from June 13 through July 8.

Immediately following STAR, we embark on an experiment of running a five-week, accelerated version of ENGR 13100 as part of the new Early Start Engineering program. This is in addition to our regular summer classes in ENGR 13200.

I want to thank all our students, staff and faculty for their many contributions to making 2015-16 another very successful academic year for ENE.  


Kudos: 05/09/2016

... to Suzi Walker on receiving the 2016 Richard W. McDowell Best Advisor Award. 

... to Allison Godwin on being awarded the American Society for Engineering Education ERM Division Best Paper for 2016 for her paper titled, “The Development of a Measure of Engineering Identity".

…to Allison Godwin, Geoff Potvin, Zahra Hazari, and Robynne Lock on publication of a paper entitled, "Identity, Critical Agency, and Engineering: An Affective Model for Predicting Engineering as a Career Choice" in the Journal of Engineering Education, 105(2), pp312-240 and for having one of the figures in their paper be selected as the cover art for the April issue of JEE.

... Tamecia Jones passed her prelims.


Calendar: 05/09/2016

Spring 2016 

  • May 10: Grades Due
  • May 11/12: ENE Strategic Advance
  • May 13: Graduate School Commencement, 4pm, Elliot Hall of Music
  • May 13: Engineering Commencement, 8pm, Elliot Hall of Music
  • May 25: Spring Fling, 11:30am-4pm, Memorial Mall 

Summer 2016

  • June 13- July 8: STAR (Summer Transition, Advising and Registration) 
  • June 26-29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • July 11-Aug 12: Early Start Engineering program
  • Aug 11-13:  3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago

Fall 2016

  • Aug 14: End-of-Summer Potluck, 5-8pm, Happy Hollow Park
  • Aug 15: Faculty return  
  • Aug 17: ENE Advance (TBD)
  • Aug 22: Classes begin

News and Information: 05/09/2016

Purdue Farmer Market

The Purdue Farmers Market offers a host of locally produced foods, including prepared lunches, every Thursday through Oct. 27.


Funding Opportunities: 05/09/2016

Selected Funding Opportunities:

DOD-AFRL Collaborative Center for Multidisciplinary Sciences Program AFRL is interested in providing assistance to create a partnership to collaborate on basic and applied research in the area of aerospace vehicle design and assessment methods to include as areas of interest: high-fidelity system level design optimization, risk-quantified multi-source coupled analyses and sensitivities, goal oriented adaptive analyses, risk-quantified design space exploration and experimental validation. Deadline: May 30

Mathers Charitable Foundation Grants The Foundation is primarily interested in supporting fundamental basic research in the life sciences. Support is provided for specific projects from established researchers at top universities and independent research institutions within the United States. No specified deadlines.


 NSF CAREER Program Webinar

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