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ENE Memo: November 3, 2014

From the Head: 11/3

Get Going: Go Big : Go Home

In her recent book, Crazy is a Compliment, Linda Rottenberg (co-founder and CEO of Endeavor), argues that everyone needs to think like an entrepreneur. The three parts of her book are titled, Get Going, Go Big and Go Home. Previously, I have written about the entrepreneurial spirit in ENE including the fact that a number of our faculty are (or have been) part of Purdue's Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy and that others have embarked on pathways to take ideas from their research to market, whether as business endeavors or as ways to have many other adopt the products of their research.

As we look for ways to diversify the sources of funds to support our research, being entrepreneurial is one option we should actively explore. Apart from being a possible source of research revenue, being entrepreneurial (in the broadest sense of the word) is core to ENE: we dream of a better world; we act and take some risks to realize these dreams and thereby transform things. We are individually and collectively entrepreneurs in spirit even if we are not all starting up new enterprises. 

It is easy to be cynical about the latest business book on innovation and entrepreneurship; such books come and go. They are hot this month and forgotten the next. My first book of this genre was In Search of Excellence which was the must read book on every early morning business flight in the very early 1980's. I have skimmed or read many similar books since that time, so I am very aware that the efflux of time is not always kind to today's hot business book. Nevertheless I found some valuable insights in Crazy is a Compliment.

It is brim full of stories of not so famous entrepreneurs from around the world (yes there are some stories of well-known entrepreneurs also). Linda Rottenberg has some fascinating animal metaphors to characterize the breadth of contexts for entrepreneurship: gazelles, skunks, dolphins and butterflies. She also explores four entrepreneur personality types; diamond, stars, transformers and rocket ships. All good fun, yet also insightful.  

Particular takeaways for me in the ENE context of transformative growth were the chapters in "Go Big" on the Whiteboard (close doors, innovate, drop the pens, dream big but execute small and eat the elephant one bite at a time),  on Leadership 3.0, on the importance of having a circle of mentors, and on the purpose-driven workplace. ENE got going in 2004 and we are now going big. There are exciting opportunities and also pitfalls in this phase.  

The final section of the book (including a letter to her two young daughters) explores how to "go big" AND "go home."  Basically we should not have to make a choice between being totally consumed by work as you "go big". Rather we should also be "making time for the ones you love" - that is "go home". In essence, you should not have to choose between a successful career and a meaningful personal life. Linda Rottenberg uses the phrase "work-life integration" to describe this. Earlier this year when I proposed the "Strategic Compass" concept, I did some reworking of the "work-life balance" language in the original espoused values and suggested the alternative phrase "achieving professional and personal satisfaction." Whichever way we describe it, we must strive to achieve a holistic sense of being and meaning - as a profesional and as a member of a wider family or social network - however defined.

You can find multiple recordings of Linda Rottenberg online – here is one.

Also, I have purchased a number of copies of the book if you are interested.


Calendar: 11/3

Fall 2014

  • Nov. 3: Grad Connect with PhD alumna Irene Mena, POTR 234 (Fu Conference Room), 12 – 1pm
  • Nov. 4: General Election, 6:00am – 6:00pm
  • Nov. 4: ENE 695 Public Class, ARMS B098B, 1:30 – 2:45 pm
  • Nov. 6 – 7: ENE Industrial Advisory Council, meeting Nov. 7, Dunville Room (ARMS 3041), 8am – 3:30pm
  • Nov. 6: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30 – 4:20pm
  • Nov. 7: College of Engineering Staff Awards, Location (TBA) 6:30pm.
  • Nov. 12: Faculty Meeting, Wang Hall, 9:30 – 11:20am — CANCELLED
  • Nov. 13: ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium, ARMS Atrium, 3:30 – 5pm
  • Nov. 17: TULIP,Spatial Visualization in Undergraduate Education, ARMS 1314, 1:30 – 3:00pm
  • Nov. 18: ENE 695 Public Class, ARMS B098B, 1:30 – 2:45 pm
  • Nov. 19: Faculty-PhD Matching, ARMS B098B, 9:30 – 11:20am
  • Nov. 20: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30 – 4:20pm
  • 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. 10: TULIP, ARMS B098B, 1:30 – 3:00pm
  • Dec. 21: Commencement

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

News and Information: 11/3

Bravo Award nominations

Bravo Award nominations are now being solicited for College of Engineering faculty and staff accomplishments that took place during the time frame from June 1, 2014 to present.  Nominations are due to the nominated employee’s school or unit Head/Director by Friday, November 21.  Nominators should complete section one of the Bravo Nomination Form to nominate deserving faculty and staff.  The nomination form may include an attached document (maximum of one page) if additional space is needed to explain the specific accomplishment for which the employee is being nominated.  The nomination description should explain the accomplishment’s connection to one of the four relevant award categories.  The documentation should also include details about the accomplishment’s scope (small to large scale) and impact (low to high scale) as well as a recommended award amount. Once the nominator has completed section one of the Nomination Form, it should be forwarded to the nominee’s unit Head/Director by no later than November 21.  In December, nominators, supervisors, and school or unit Heads/Directors will be notified of award approvals in addition to the employee being recognized.  College of Engineering award winners will be publicly announced through college-wide communications.  If you have questions regarding the College of Engineering’s Bravo Award program, please contact Will Sondgerath (staff Bravo Awards) or Klod Kokini (faculty Bravo Awards).

As you recall, Bravo Awards are provided for specific accomplishments in any of the following four categories:

  • Moving the University Forward: Accomplishments or contributions that transform or advance University objectives (i.e., initiatives that improve graduation rates, development of programs to measure student academic knowledge, enhancing the academic excellence of the University, improving student affordability, etc.).
  • Operational Excellence: Extraordinary effort during times of critical department need (e.g., contribution that clearly and significantly exceeds standard job requirements and impacts the accomplishments of important and critical business operational goals and deliverables).
  • Innovation/Creativity: Innovative work or suggestions, well beyond standard job requirements, that significantly improve operational efficiencies, introduce a new or modified business practice or improve work process, workflow or customer service.
  • Fiscal Stewardship: Significant cost saving or cost avoidance realized beyond normally expected or established standards.

To be eligible for a Bravo Award, employees must:

  • Have been employed at the University for at least 3 months (previously, the requirement was one year)
  • Be an active employee
  • The supervisor’s performance assessment of the employee is at least meets expectations and the employee has no outstanding disciplinary actions

A complete list of eligible employee classifications can be found at:  Individual employees are eligible for a maximum of two Bravo Awards per fiscal year.

Search under way for Discovery Learning Research Center director

Discovery Park is launching an internal search for the next director of the Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC). Details of the search are available here. Application reviews will begin Nov. 17. Questions about the search should be directed to Jon Harbor, search committee chair, at

Forums set for vice provost for teaching and learning candidates

Two candidates for the position of vice provost for teaching and learning will present at forums in November.

Faculty are invited to attend. The candidates and their forum times are:

  • Nov. 5 (Wed). 9-10 a.m. Stewart Center, Room 214AB. Frank Dooley, professor and interim vice provost for teaching and learning, Purdue.
  • Nov. 11 (Tue). 9-10 a.m. Stewart Center, Room 214CD. James Mohler, associate dean of academic affairs and diversity and professor of computer graphics technology, Purdue.

More information on the vice provost for teaching and learning position as well as feedback surveys for each candidate can be found at


Kudos: 11/3 Ruth Streveler, the Graduate Program Committee and Tammy Hare for organizing and executing a successful Grad Program Open House. Marisol Mercado Santiago for successfully defending her dissertation.

Funding Opportunities: 11/3

Selected Funding Opportunities:

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.

NSF Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME)  The MME program supports fundamental research leading to improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and their application in manufacturing processes. Key goals of the program are to advance the transition of manufacturing from skill-based to knowledge-based activities, and to advance technologies that will enable the manufacturing sector to reduce its environmental impacts. A focus is on the advancement of manufacturing machines and related systems engineering that will enable energy manufacturing, namely the manufacture of facilities and equipment that will enable the conversion of renewable resources into energy products such as electricity and liquid fuels, on a large scale. The program also supports research on additive manufacturing, laser processing and bonding/joining processes encompassing feature scales from microns to meters. Deadline:  February 17.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  Sustaining CISE Research Infrastructure  Through its CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program, the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) supports world-class research infrastructure enabling focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. The CRI program funds both the creation of new infrastructure as well as the enhancement of existing infrastructure. Proposals focused exclusively on enhancing community use and continuing operational support with a plan for long-term sustainability may request funds up to $1 million.  Deadline:  November 6.

NSF National Robotics Initiative  The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside or cooperatively with people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots working in symbiotic relationships with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The purpose of this program is the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire life cycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment. Deadline:  January 14.

NSF Science, Technology and Society (STS)  The STS program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science. Deadline: February 2.

NSF Engineering and Systems Design (ESD)  This program supports fundamental research leading to new engineering and systems design methods and practices for specific global contexts. In particular, ESD seeks intellectual advances in which the theoretical foundations underlying design and systems engineering are operationalized into rigorous and pragmatic methods for a specific context. In addition, the program funds the rigorous theoretical and empirical characterization of new or existing methods for design and systems engineering, identifying in which global contexts and under which assumptions these methods are effective and efficient.  Deadline:  February 17.

DOE Solid State Lighting Program  The DOE SSL program addresses two overarching objectives:

  1. Overcoming technical and design barriers to high-quality solid-state lighting; and
  2. Establishing the foundations for successful market introduction.

For the purpose of this FOA, six topics areas are of interest:  LED Core Technology Research, OLED Core Technology Research, LED Product Development-Novel LED Luminaire System, OLED Product Development; LED Manufacturing Research and Development, and OLED Manufacturing Research and Development. Cost share is required and amount varies by topic. Deadlines: November 14 – Concept paper; January 14 – Application.

DOE Generators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) The GENSETS Program GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems seeks to fund the development of potentially disruptive generator technologies that will enable widespread deployment of residential Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. The GENSETS Program seeks transformative generators/engines with 1 kW of electrical output (kWe) that have high efficiency (40% fuel to electricity), long life (10 years), low cost ($3,000 per system), and low emissions. Deadline:  December 1 – Concept paper; TBD – Application.

DOE Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems  EERE is seeking interdisciplinary projects that apply landscape design approaches to integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems while maintaining or enhancing environmental and socio-economic sustainability including ecosystem services and food, feed, and fiber production. For the purposes of this FOA, cellulosic feedstock production refers to dedicated annual and perennial energy crops, use of agricultural and forestry residues, or a combination of these options. Deadlines:  November 21 – Concept paper; January 12 – Full application.

DOD-ONR Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education, Outreach, and Workforce Program (STEM)  The ONR seeks proposals for developing innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a robust STEM workforce. The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide "game changing" solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM related workforce opportunities. While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM pipeline, for FY15, funding efforts will be targeted primarily towards High School, Post-Secondary education, and outreach designed to enhance the DoN (or Naval) STEM workforce and its mission readiness. Deadline:  September 30, 2015.

Limited Submissions:

Preproposals should be e-mailed to Purdue's open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for preproposals may be found at

Limited Submission:  NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) The National Science Foundation has issued its RFP for the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program.  The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use.  Instrument acquisition or development funding ranges from $100,000-$4 million and has a mandatory 30% cost share requirement. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences.

Purdue may submit up to three proposals, at least one of which must be for instrument development.  Faculty may not participate in any (funded) way in instrument acquisition or development proposals led by other institutions, including Purdue regional campuses, outside of the three proposals selected through Purdue’s limited submission process.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, November 3:  Preproposals due to the EVPRP (please indicate acquisition or development in the title).
  • Monday, November 10:  Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • NSF deadline:  January 22, 2015

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.

The newest issues of Research Development and Grantwriting News are available at:

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


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