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ENE Memo: November 2, 2015

From the Head: 11/02/2015

ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium

On Thursday November 12, we host the fifth ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium.

This annual event was initiated in 2011 as a public forum to engage a broad audience from across the university and beyond on a topic subject from different disciplinary perspectives. The Colloquium always features a successful alumni or alumnae from the School of Engineering Education.

The ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium is sponsored by the Professor Bruce Johnson Graduate Education Fund.

The title of 2015 Colloquium is Boundary Agents: The Transformative Potential of Professors of Practice on Purdue Engineering.

Following a successful pilot, the College of Engineering has begun to hire a cadre of Professors of Engineering Practice (PEP) distributed across the various engineering schools. To date ten such professors have joined Purdue Engineering. They embody a diverse and eclectic range of experiences of engineering practice that blur and transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. Their lived experience can challenge our assumptions on how we educate engineers.

The goals of this Colloquium are:

  1. to “introduce” the growing cadre of Professors of Engineering Practice to a wider audience at Purdue, within and beyond Engineering;
  2. to catalyze a conversation about the many ways this cadre of “boundary agents” can help transform engineering education at Purdue in new and different ways.

Interdisciplinary work depends upon “boundary agents,” individuals who can operate effectively across the boundaries between different disciplinary silos. Because work in industry is not organized along the traditional disciplinary boundaries that define the schools of engineering at Purdue, these Professors of Engineering Practice bring an inherently interdisciplinary perspective.

Although they were hired into traditional disciplinary schools, the real potential of these Professors of Engineering Practice is as boundary agents that foster cross-school and even cross college collaborations.

The College of Engineering policy on Professors of the Engineering Practice lists three core functions of this cadre of faculty as being to:

…share their expertise in the classroom, develop engagement opportunities or lead the development of new paradigms for new engineering practice and education.

While the first two functions, i.e. share their expertise in the classroom, & develop engagement opportunities, are obvious and widely understood, the third one - lead the development of new paradigms for new engineering practice and education – needs to be explored more intentionally.

The current Professors of Engineering Practice in Purdue Engineering are: - Andrew Brightman (BME); Brad Duerstock (BME/IE); Dan Dumbacher (AAE); Bob Kenley (IE); Ernesto Marinero (MSE); Bob Patty (CEM); Mary Pilotte (ENE); Enrico Martinez Sainz (ChE); Jim Siirola (ChE) and Theodore Weidner (CEM)

Two of these have degrees from the School of Engineering Education (or a precursor academic unit); our own Mary Pilotte has a PhD in Engineering Education and Brad Duerstock is an alumnus of the Interdisciplinary Engineering program from 1994, with a concentration in biomedical engineering. 

Be sure to mark your calendar for the ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium, Thursday November 12 from 3:30-5:00pm in the Kurz Atrium in Armstrong Hall.


Kudos: 11/02/2015

… Joyce Main, Russell Long, and Matt Ohland for their publications in the next issue of the International Journal of Engineering Education:

Main, J., Mumford, K. J., & Ohland, M. W. (2015). Understanding Migration Patterns of Engineering Undergraduates: Major Intent, Course Grades, and Major Choice. International Journal of Engineering Education 31(6A), pp. 1468–1475.

Brawner, C.E., Lord, S.M., Layton, R.A., Ohland, M.W., & Long, R.A. (2015). Factors affecting women’s persistence in chemical engineering. International Journal of Engineering Education 31(6A), pp. 1431–1447.

Ohland, M.W., Giurintano, D., Novoselich, B., Brackin, P., Sangelkar, S. (2015). Supporting Successful Teams: Research to Practice in Capstone Courses. International Journal of Engineering Education 31(6B), pp. 1748–1759.

…to Monica Cox in receiving $20,000 in start-up funding from the Purdue Foundry and Elevate Ventures for her company STEMinent LLC.

News and Information: 11/02/2015

Workplace Violence Training (Reminder)

Officer Keene Red Elk will be providing work place violence training for our faculty and staff on Thursday, Nov. 5th from 3:30 – 5:00pmWANG 3501. 

Call for Papers – Leadership Excellence and Gender Symposium at Purdue

The Krannert School of Management and the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University invite all interested scholars to submit papers for the Leadership Excellence and Gender Symposium. The submission deadline is November 15, 2015 and the conference will be held at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University on March 28-30, 2016.

Scholars from all fields and disciplines are welcome to submit research regarding gender and leadership excellence from an organizational perspective.

From the conference website:

"We are especially interested in research that focuses on new developments related to organizational change and studies that have not yet been published or accepted for publication. Doctoral students and junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply. But, we welcome and value submissions from faculty at all career stages. The best papers will be invited to be submitted for review for a special issue of Human Resource Management ("

Calendar: 11/02/2015

Fall 2015

  • Nov 4: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov5: ENE GSA Town Hall meeting, 3:30-4:20pm, ARMS 1109
  • Nov 5: Workplace Violence Training (ENE faculty and staff), 3:30-5pm, WANG 3501 
  • Nov 7: Homecoming (ENE Booth 9:00am - 12noon, ARMS Atrium) 
  • Nov 12: ENE Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium, 3:30-5pm, ARMS Atrium
  • Nov 13: ENE Industrial Advisory Council, 8:00am-3pm, WANG 3501
  • Nov 16: International Education Week, ARMS Atrium
  • Nov 18: Faculty-PhD Student Matching, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov 26/27: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Dec 20: Commencement
  • Dec 22: Grades Due

Spring 2016 (please note faculty and related meetings are on Thursdays in spring)

  • Jan 4: Faculty return
  • Jan 11: Classes begin
  • Jan 15: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day
  • Jan 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 28: Assistant Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 4: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 11: Associate Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 18: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 24: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards
  • Feb 25: Faculty Meeting 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 10: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 14/19: Spring Break
  • March 31: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 11/12: ENE Industrial Advisory Council
  • April 22: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 30: Classes end
  • May 5: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • May 10: Grades Due
  • May 11/12: ENE Strategic Advance
  • May 13/15: Commencement

Funding Opportunities: 11/02/2015

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF Nanomanufacturing (NM) This program supports fundamental research in novel methods and techniques for batch and continuous processes, top-down (addition/subtraction) and bottom-up (directed self-assembly) processes leading to the formation of complex heterogeneous nanosystems. Deadline: February 16

NSF Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH) This program supports fundamental research to understand and mitigate the impact of natural hazards on constructed civil infrastructure. Deadline: February 16

NSF Materials Engineering and Processing (MEP) This program supports fundamental research addressing the processing and mechanical performance of engineering materials by investigating the interrelationship of materials processing, structure, properties and/or life-cycle performance for targeted applications. Deadline: February 16

NSF Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME) This program supports fundamental research that enables the development of new and/or improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and optimization of their use, with a particular focus on equipment appropriate for the manufacture of mechanical and electromechanical devices, products, and systems featuring scales from microns to meters. Deadline: February 16

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Submission of proposals to NSF programs that address the interdisciplinary topic of theoretical physics approaches to cancer biology  Significant advances may be expected as the result of continued investments in inter- and multi-disciplinary research at the intersection of the physical sciences and the life sciences with a focus on advancing the fundamental understanding of cancer biology to underpin translational research that promotes the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer diseases. The Physics Division, through the Physics of Living Systems program, accepts and reviews investigator-initiated proposals on the interdisciplinary topic of theoretical physics in cancer biology. Proposals should be submitted to the Physics of Living Systems program in the Physics Division in response to NSF 15-579.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) – Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) GROW provides NSF Graduate Research Fellows with opportunities to engage in international collaborations with investigators in partner countries around the world. GROW offers funding for international stays of 2-12 months, with the duration varying by country and partner organization. Deadline: December 4

NASA Leading Edge Aeronautics Research for NASA (LEARN3) Project This LEARN3 solicitation seeks innovative, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, team-based Phase I proposals of aeronautical concepts for distributed airport infrastructures and complementary air vehicles to provide efficient, safe, secure, sustainable and improved people mobility while utilizing existing small and medium airport locations in the USA.  Step-A proposal due December 8; Step-B proposals due upon request.

NASA Habitable Worlds The goal of this program is to use knowledge of the history of the Earth and the life upon it as a guide for determining the processes and conditions that create and maintain habitable environments and to search for ancient and contemporary habitable environments and explore the possibility of extant life beyond the Earth. This program includes elements of the Astrobiology Program, the Mars Exploration Program, and the Outer Planets Program. A common goal of these programs is to identify the characteristics and the distribution of potentially habitable environments in the Solar System and beyond. Step-1 proposal due November 20; Step-2 proposal due January 22.

USAID Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) DIV supports the piloting and rigorous testing of innovative approaches to solving international development problems and supports transitioning innovations with evidence of impact and cost effectiveness to scale. DIV funds innovation that targets USAID’s Mission Statement. Innovations could include new technologies, new ways of delivering and/or financing goods and services, more cost-effective adaptations of existing solutions, new ways to increase uptake of existing proven solutions, or policy innovations based on insights from behavioral economics. Expressions of Interest accepted continuously through 10/1/16.

USAID BAA for Let Girls Learn Initiative This BAA seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions to address adolescent girls’ education. USAID invites organizations and companies to participate with USAID to create strategic, focused and results-oriented partnerships to promote adolescent girls’ education and apply comprehensive scientific and research-motivated approaches to support sustainable development outcomes. Expression of Interest due November 30.

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.

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.

DOE Notice of Intent to Issue FOA entitled “Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation” EERE plans to issue the FOA in late calendar year 2015 via the EERE Exchange website.

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