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ENE Memo: November 17, 2014

From the Head: 11/17

Celebrating Together as ENE

Last week we held the fourth ENE Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium, Risk Business. I initiated this Colloquium series in 2011 as part of an intentional process of establishing an annual calendar of celebratory ENE events that would bring the members of our new school together. The goal of these events was to build a sense of community and common purpose in ENE around our unique identity while also recognizing our multifaceted origins as a school. The Colloquium reflects both the historical Interdisciplinary Engineering Program and our tradition of interdisciplinary research before and since the formation of the Graduate Program in 2005. 

In 2009 we established the ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards, held each February (in Engineers Week), as our most formal celebratory event centered on an awards dinner. Prior to the formation of ENE in 2004, there had been an awards ceremony to recognize outstanding alumni of the Interdisciplinary Engineering Program, founded in 1969. As one of the three historical pillars on which ENE is founded, it was logical that we continue these alumni awards, but that we broaden the scope to encompass all current and future graduates of ENE. So in the future we will recognize outstanding graduates of our PhD and MS programs as well as those from the MDE and IDES degrees. So this event, which has its origins in one of our pillars, has become an event for all of ENE.

In 2011 we expanded the Outstanding Alumni Awards to incorporate the annual achievement awards ceremony for the Outstanding Juniors and Seniors and Service Award from MDE and IDES. (Previously this was held separately with the E2IAC meeting). Thus we now have an intergenerational dinner with current and former students. In the future perhaps this should become a more general awards dinner that also recognizes awards for graduate students.

Also in 2011 we experimented with an informal event associated with Homecoming where we endeavored to engage alumni from across engineering with an experience of what first-year engineering was like today. This was focused on the 50 year class for the particular year. We provided refreshments and a tour of the Ideas-to-Innovation Learning Laboratory and in some cases an experience of being advised as a student. This event has not become as established as I had hoped. We should revisit this idea of an event that draws on our first-year engineering heritage; perhaps we could link it to our research in this area of learning. Every engineering graduate since 1957 is an alum of first-year engineering!

At the end of each semester we have a celebration for all students graduating from ENE, graduate and undergraduate. In some years this has been difficult to arrange as undergraduate and graduate students commenced in separate ceremonies, sometimes on different days. However going forward I believe that all students for a given engineering school will graduate at the one ceremony. Thus we will be able to plan a significant ENE graduate event each December and May.  

Traditionally we recognize the McDowell Award for Best Advisor and the Best Teacher Award at the end of the spring semester.

Thus we now have a focused celebratory event early, late and at the end of each semester to bring us together as ENE. While each event in this series echoes one (or more) of our three foundational pillars (First-Year Engineering, interdisciplinary engineering and research in engineering education), the goal is that each event reflects the many interwoven, interdisciplinary facets of ENE. My enduring hope is that as a member of the ENE community, no matter what your prime reason for being part of ENE might be, you feel a sense of connection with each of these celebratory events. Together, ENE is much greater than the sum of its parts.


Calendar: 11/17

Fall 2014

  • Nov. 17: TULIP "Spatial Visualization in Undergraduate Education," ARMS 1314, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Nov. 18: ENE 695 Public Class "Visualization Strategies for Teaching Computer Science Concepts," ARMS B098B, 1:30-2:45pm
  • Nov. 19: Faculty-PhD Matching, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Nov. 20: ENE Research Seminar: Exploring Undergraduate Engineering Students' Conceptual Understanding of Alternating Current (AC) Circuits, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Nov. 21: Dissertation Defense - Jacqueline McNeil, WANG 2501, 9:00am
  • Nov. 26-28: Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 4: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Dec. 10: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Dec. 15: 7th Annual YouTube Extravaganza, ARMS 1028, 9:00-10:00am
  • Dec. 21: Commencement

*Lunch Gatherings (every Wednesday, Noon-1:00) ARMS 1314

News and Information: 11/17

INSPIRE's Engineering Gift Guide

The Engineering Gift Guide created by INSPIRE is now available. The goal is to help someone find holiday gifts that feature an aspect of the engineering design process or other engineering concepts. While it's coming out before the end-of-the-year holidays, the gift guide can be used year-round and will be updated throughout the year. It features toys, games, books, movies and apps for mobile devices that challenge all ages. In addition to the picks selected by faculty and staff, the guide includes short check-lists of suggestions on finding similar engineering-themed items. You can find the gift guide and the Parent's Guide to Introducing Engineering at Home on the INSPIRE website: We are working with University News Service to better promote the guides.

Kudos: 11/17

… to Mike Loizzo, Becky Fry, Julie Russell for the planning, design and execution of the 4th annual ENE Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium. It was a great success. Also to Mary Pilotte for the innovative addition of the dinner following with the MDE students.

… to Xingyu Chen on successfully defending her dissertation on The Composition of First-Year Engineering Curricula and Its Relationships to Matriculation Models and Institutional Characteristics.

Funding Opportunities: 11/17

Selected Funding Opportunities:

Internal Coordination Required: DOD-ONR National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF) This FOA seeks outstanding and distinguished researchers for the purpose of conducting innovative basic research in areas of interest to the Department of Defense and fostering long-term relationships between the NSSEFF Fellows and the DoD. NSSEFF supports innovative basic research within academia, as well as education initiatives that seek to create and develop the next generation of scientists and engineers for the defense and national security workforce. The research should demonstrate a potential to lead to extraordinary outcomes such as revolutionizing entire disciplines, creating entirely new fields, or disrupting accepted theories and perspectives. Outstanding faculty with tenure and full-time research staff who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. Ideally, applicants should have received awards or honors, or have a named position or a position of distinction, such as an elected fellow of a national professional society. Grants are for single-investigator, basic research in technical subject categories such as:  synthetic biology, quantum information science, cognitive neuroscience, novel engineered materials, applied mathematics and statistics, and other fields of research with high potential. The maximum award is $3 million per five years.

Although this opportunity is not limited, the application requires a letter of intent signed by the Vice President for Research for the university. Since one letter of intent can be sent on behalf of all applicants from Purdue, we ask that interested, eligible faculty contact by Monday, November 24. Additional information will then be requested so a letter of intent can then be drafted and sent from the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships. Letters of Intent are due to DOD by December 5; White papers are due January 2; Invited full applications are due April 24.

NSF Law & Social Sciences (LSS)  This program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior.  Deadline: February 4

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: CPS EAGERs Supporting Participation in the Global City Teams Challenge  With this Dear Colleague Letter, the NSF is announcing its intention to accept Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research proposals to support NSF researchers in participating in the NIST Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) teams, with the goal of pursuing novel research on effective integration of networked computer systems and physical devices that will have significant impact in meeting the challenges of the smart city.  Deadline: January 15

DOD Strategic Environmental Research Development Program (SERDP) FY16 BAAs SERDP issues two annual solicitations. The Core Solicitation seeks proposals for basic and applied research, and advanced technology development. Core Solicitation Statements of Need include: Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Climate Change, and Weapons Systems and Platforms.  The SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) program is designed to investigate innovative approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept. SEED Solicitation Statements of Need include: Munitions Response and Weapons Systems & Platforms.  Core pre-proposals due January 8; SEED proposals due March 10.

DOD Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities (CTMA)  The goal of this BAA is to leverage and advance commercial developments in maintenance and sustainment technology for the primary benefit of U.S. industry and the public applying the research, development, evaluation, and deployment to DoD issues – to reduce costs, improve system/platform operational availabilities, increase systems reliability, improve logistical support efficiency and effectiveness, improve environmental compliance and increase sustainment personnel safety.  Deadline: December 3

DOE ARPA-E Traveler Response Architecture Using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET) The TRANSNET program seeks solutions that minimize energy consumption in America’s surface transportation network through the use of network control mechanisms that operate through personalized signals directed at individual travelers. The program aims to develop technologies that target both the factors that drive energy consumption and the overall energy efficiency of personal transportation, without changing the mechanical efficiency of each mode (car, bus, train, etc.) within the network.  Concept papers due December 22; Applications due upon invitation.

NEH Media Projects  These projects provide funds for the development and production distribution of digital projects, films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public.  Deadline: January 14

  • Development Grants
  • Production Grants

Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowships The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in art and visual culture of the United States. The Museum hosts fellows supported by the Smithsonian's general fellowship fund as well as named fellowships.  Postdoctoral fellowships are available to support specific research projects by scholars who hold the doctoral degree or equivalent. Senior fellowships are intended for scholars with a distinguished publication record who have held the doctoral degree for more than seven years or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment at the time of application.  Deadline: December 1

Indiana CTSI RFAs  Several programs at Indiana CTSI are now accepting applications:

  • Indiana CTSI-IU Kelley MBA Core and Project Business Management Assistance Program  Deadline: November 21
  • Pre-doctoral Training Awards in Translational Research  Deadline: December 8

Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation The PVA Education Foundation provides funding in five project categories: Consumer and community education to improve the health, independence and quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D); Professional development and education to improve the knowledge and competencies of health professionals who serve the SCI/D community, including fellowship and traineeship programs; Research utilization and dissemination, which translates findings into practice; Assistive technology—Development of teaching tools or pilot programs that demonstrate innovative approaches to the use of assistive devices; and Conferences and symposia that provide education and collaboration opportunities for members of the SCI/D community.  Deadline: February 1

Chemical Heritage Foundation Fellowships The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, an independent research library in Philadelphia, is inviting applications for short- or long-term fellowships in the history of science, technology, medicine, and industry.  Four levels of fellowships are offered: Senior, Post-doctoral, Dissertation, and Short-Term Fellowships for all researchers.  Deadline: January 15

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: DOD-AFRL Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI) This institute is intended to advance the state-of-the-art in the design, manufacture, testing, assembly, and packaging of complex photonic integrated circuits that combine a variety of photonic and electronic components to achieve functionality. This end-to-end integrated photonics manufacturing innovation ‘ecosystem’ in the U.S., will include; integrated design tools for efficient simulation and design of integrated photonic circuits, domestic photonic device fabrication foundry access, automated packaging, assembly and test of integrated photonic circuits, and workforce development.  The program solicits concept papers, followed by proposals, to lead the IP-IMI with funding estimated at $110 million over five year; however, recipients must provide a 1:1 matching cost share of non-government funding. For universities, a partnership shall be proposed with a cluster of manufacturing firms and associated institutes.  Purdue may submit only one concept paper and, if invited, one full proposal. Proposed sub-recipients or formal collaborators may, however, team on multiple proposals.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, November 24: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, December 1: Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • Sponsor deadlines:  December 19 – Concept paper; March 31 – Full proposal (by invite)

Limited Submission:  DOS-DRL Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement  The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces the availability of funding for programs that support Internet freedom. DRL’s goal is to promote fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online through integrated support for anti-censorship and secure communications technology, advocacy, digital safety, and research. DRL invites organizations interested in potential funding to submit statements of interest (SOI) outlining program concepts that reflect this goal.  For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only two SOIs.

  • Internal deadline:  Contact by Monday, November 17.
  • Sponsor deadline:  SOIs due December 5; Applications due upon request.

Funding Resources:

The EVPRP website includes a link entitled Funding Resources. This link includes sections containing Internal and External Funding Resources.  Additionally, there is a link for Search Tools and Alerts.    Those who would like assistance in setting up their Pivot E-mail funding alerts may want to take advantage of our tutorial, which may be found on the Search Tools and Alerts link.

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Another resource for corporate and foundation funding opportunities is the University Development Office. 


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