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ENE Memo:November 9, 2015

From the Head: 11/09/2015

Welcome Jill Folkerts

We are excited to have Ms. Jill Folkerts joining the team as the IST Manager for our First-Year Engineering Program.  Jill is an experienced engineering and leadership professional, with over 20 years in industry in firms ranging from Caterpillar to Ingersoll-Rang and Alcoa. From staff metallurgist to plant manager and Quality Systems lead, Jill’s breadth of professional contexts and roles will offer great benefit to the IST team and all they serve. Jill earned her M.S. in Material Science from Purdue University, and B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the U of I. She is passionate about education; working is a Junior Achievement instructor at Tecumseh Middle school, and a volunteer in the Read to Succeed programs.  Initially she will be located in the FYE Ops Center.  Please join me in welcoming Jill to ENE.  


News and Information: 11/09/2015

2015 ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium

This Thursday November 12 we host the 2015 ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium in the Armstrong Atrium from 3:30-5pm. The title of this year's Colloquium is Boundary Agents: The Transformative Potential of Professors of Engineering Practice on Purdue Engineering. It will feature our own Mary Pilotte. The Colloquium is the Research Seminar for that week. Past Colloquia can be found here.  

ENE Industrial Advisory Council meeting

The fall meeting of the Industrial Advisory Council of the School of Engineering Education (E2IAC) takes place this Friday, November 13, in the Engineering Education Research Facility in Wang Hall. This very dedicated group provide invaluable advice and support to our school.   

Many of the IAC members will also be attending the Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Thursday be hosted by the IDE student body in an Open House for their new "home room" - the Nest. .

Calendar: 11/09/2015

Fall 2015

  • 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

Summer 2016

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

Funding Opportunities: 11/09/2015

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)  This BD Spokes solicitation extends the BD Hubs network by establishing multi-institutional and multi-sector collaborations (i.e., across academia, industry, government, non-profits, etc.) focused on topics of specific interest to a given region, which build upon the capabilities and strengths of said region. Working in concert with the corresponding regional BD Hub, a BD Spoke would work on a particular topic that requires Big Data approaches and solutions. Letter of Intent due January 12; Proposal due February 25.

NSF Service, Manufacturing and Operations Research (SMOR) The SMOR program supports research leading to the creation of new mathematical models, analyses, and algorithms for decision-making related to design, planning, and operation of service and manufacturing systems. Specifically, the program supports two main types of research: (i) innovations in general-purpose methodology related to optimization, stochastic modeling, and decision and game theory; and (ii) research grounded in relevant applications that require the development of novel and customized analytical and computational methodologies. Deadline: February 16

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Supplemental Funding The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) invites its grantees who do not already have REU supplemental funding to submit requests for such funding pursuant to the guidelines specified in the NSF REU solicitation. Deadline: March 30

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Supplements to Connect CISE, EHR, and ENG Projects to Neural and Cognitive Systems NSF's newly released solicitation on Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems provides an opportunity for additional funding to connect new or existing projects to significant new integrative opportunities in neural and cognitive systems. These CORE+ SUPPLEMENTS are intended to build on NSF-funded projects in all areas of engineering, computing, and education research, to bring new approaches or capabilities emerging from these fields into cognitive science, neuroscience, and neuroengineering, or to enable other kinds of synergistic connections that will advance one or more of the integrative themes described in the solicitation: Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs; Individuality and Variation; Cognitive and Neural Processes in Realistic, Complex Environments; and Data-Intensive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.

DOD Army Educational Outreach Program 2016-2017 UNITE RFP UNITE is a pre-collegiate summer program for talented high school students from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Entities are being solicited to serve as 2016-2017 UNITE host sites. The UNITE program is designed to give students the opportunity to: Gain a better understanding of the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; Overcome negative attitudes and perceptions they may have about cultural, social, and other barriers to STEM studies and careers; Gain confidence in their ability to participate in engineering and other STEM activities; Engage in activities that promote collaboration and problem solving in a team environment; and Be better prepared to pursue engineering and STEM in college and, ultimately, in future careers. Deadline: December 16

DOE FY16 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program The Office of Science of the Department of Energy announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. White papers and applications accepted through 9/30/16 or until solicitation is replaced.

NEH Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations These grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities.  Deadline: January 13

  • Planning Grants
  • Implementation Grants

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 13

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.



NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/GEO/EAR – US-Israel BSF international Opportunity

Significant Changes: FY16 NIH Grants Policy Statement

NIH Request for Information: Soliciting Input for the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) FY 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

NIH NHLBI TOPMed: Omics Phenotypes of Heart, Lung, and Blood Disorders (X01) This FOA invites applications to use NIH-funded omics capacity to carry out studies of the genetic basis and/or omics signatures of common, complex heart, lung, and blood disorders. Successful applicants will provide biospecimens for whole genome sequencing or other omics assays. No funding will be provided under this FOA. Deadline: January 19

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