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ENE Memo: November 30, 2015

Kudos: 11/30/2015 Monica Cardella, Elizabeth Gajdzik and their team on publishing for the second year, the Engineering Gift Guide aimed to assist consumers select games and toys that support engineering learning for ages 3-18. Ninety toys and books were selected for this year's guide. Congratulations on the great response and launch at WTHR and Earth Explorers Toys in Zionsville.

… to Toni Cummings for successfully defending her PhD dissertation, “A Phenomenographic Study of How Aerospace Engineers Experience Uncertainty When Making Design Decisions”.

... to the members of the ENE Safety Committee on achieving our Integrated Safety Plan Certification (ISP) Annual Renewal for 2015

News and Information: 11/30/2015

Purdue Coaching Community Fall 2015 Workshop

Date: Friday, December 11
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Discovery Learning Research Center (Room 143 A & B)

Please click here to RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 9. This event is open to all members of the Purdue community. Guests are welcome to attend all or part of the workshop, as their schedules permit.

The PCC very broadly defines coaching as the promotion of self-efficacy and productivity. Using coaching in interactions with others can lead not only to more self-motivated, self-directed, and self-aware coaches, but also to enhanced, inquiry-based learning and performance and to improved persistence.

Purdue’s very own Cher Yazvac will talk about the basics of coaching in higher education, and professional coach Jane Creswell will teach us how our brains are wired to process questions and tuned to respond positively to coaching.

You will walk away from this workshop with practical application pieces and a greater ability to use key coaching skills both in higher education (advising, teaching, supervising, mentoring) and in your personal life.

Please click here to read more about the workshop and your presenters.

Calendar: 11/30/2015

Fall 2015

  • Dec 2: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Dec 3: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:20pm, ARMS 1109 
  • Dec 20: Commencement, 9:30am, Elliot Hall of Music
  • Dec 22: Grades Due
  • Dec 24-Jan 3, Purdue Recess

Spring 2016 (please note faculty and related meetings are on Thursday mornings during this 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 14: Faculty Career Colloquium (Dr. Radcliffe), 3:30-4:20pm
  • 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: Engineering Commencement, 8pm, Elliot Hall of Music

Summer 2016

  • June 26-29: ASEE 2016, New Orleans
  • Aug 13-15: 3rd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Chicago

Funding Opportunities: 11/30/2015

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Germination of Research Ideas for Large Opportunities and Critical Societal Needs (GERMINATION) This DCL seeks EAGER proposals with exploratory ideas to design learning frameworks, platforms and/or environments to enable participants to conceive research ideas and questions with potentially transformative outcomes. Motivating Question: How can effective learning frameworks, platforms and/or nurturing experiential environments be designed in which early- and mid-career faculty, as well as graduate students and post-doctoral fellows can be stimulated to germinate transformative research ideas and questions to open large opportunities that address important societal needs? Deadline: January 19

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research (IDR and PTR, respectively). Complementing existing NSF efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose: 1) Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary; 2) Lines of research promise transformational advances; and 3) Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review. Prospective PIs must receive approval to submit a proposal from at least two NSF Program Officers, in intellectually distinct programs, whose expertise is most germane to the proposal topics.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Enabling US-Netherlands Collaboration for Privacy Research NSF and Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW) encourage submission of joint research proposals for US-based researchers to collaborate with Netherlands-based researchers. The research topics should fit the privacy research goals of NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. NSF expects to fund a small number of EAGER proposals to enable U.S.-based researchers to collaborate with Netherlands-based researchers. Two-pager deadline: January 15

NIH Exploratory/Developmental Bioengineering Research Grants (EBRG) (R21) The purpose of this FOA is to encourage submission of EBRG applications which establish the feasibility of technologies, techniques or methods that: 1) explore a new multidisciplinary approach to a biomedical challenge; 2) are high-risk but have high impact; and 3) develop data that may lead to significant future research. An EBRG application may propose hypothesis-driven, discovery-driven, developmental, or design-directed research and is appropriate for evaluating unproven approaches for which there is minimal or no preliminary data. Deadline: February 16

&n DOD-DARPA Complex Adaptive System Composition and Design Environment (CASCADE) DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals that will enable and demonstrate new design capabilities for complex adaptive systems. Proposed research should develop and/or exploit innovative approaches in mathematical abstraction and composition for the design of dynamic, adaptive and resilient systems with unified understanding of system structures, behaviors and interactions across multiple spatiotemporal scales. Abstract due December 15; Proposal due February 4.

DOE Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation With this FOA, DOE will select additional building science project teams in 2016 for the Building America Program to address the “Demonstrating and Integrating Technology” performance goal in the residential building sector. Awardees will conduct applied research, development, and demonstration in real world houses of cost-effective technologies and practices that can help reduce the energy use intensity (EUI) of new single-family homes by 60% and existing single-family homes by 40%, relative to the 2010 average home EUI in each climate zone, by 2020, with a focus on reducing heating and cooling loads. This FOA has 2 topics: 1) Building America Technology to Market Roadmap Projects, and 2) Home Improvement RD&D Projects. Concept papers due December 21; Full applications due February 8.

NASA Early Career Fellowship Program The Early Career Fellowship (ECF) program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. The application to become an ECF does not involve a separate proposal to this program element. Rather, the ECF application is primarily a one-page addition to a normal (full, Step-2) proposal submitted to one of the ROSES Research Program elements listed in the guidelines. Submissions accepted through March 31.

EPA FY16 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants This notice announces the availability of funds to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, integrated pest management, and wastewater-related training. Deadline: January 14

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: DOL-EDA H1-B TechHire Partnership Grants The TechHire initiative is a multi-sector approach to train workers with the information technology (IT) skills required for well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across a diversity of industries such as IT, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and broadband. The TechHire grant program will focus on individuals who are at least 17 years of age, out-of-secondary school, and have barriers to training and employment opportunities, including individuals with disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, or individuals with criminal records with barriers to training and employment. These grants will pilot and scale public-private partnerships among the workforce investment system, education and training providers, and business-related nonprofit organizations. Grants under this program will only be awarded to a partnership of private and public sector entities. To be eligible for consideration, applications must include at least one representative of each of the following three types of entities: a) the workforce investment system; b) education and training providers; and c) business-related nonprofit organizations, an organization functioning as a workforce intermediary for the express purpose of serving the needs of businesses, or a consortium of three or more businesses, or at least three independent businesses. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as the prime applicant, but multiple applications as a partner applicant (subcontractor).

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