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ENE Memo: October 12, 2015

From the Head: 10/12

Busy Weeks Ahead 

Over the next few weeks ENE is hosting a number of very important events. 

On October 28 and 29 we host the annual Open House for prospective new graduate students. We are expecting over forty guests to visit us.

November 7 is Homecoming. There will be a series of displays in the Armstrong Atrium from 9-12noon featuring First-Year Engineering, the Interdisciplinary Engineering program and INSPIRE. We will be seeking faculty, staff and student volunteers to assist with staffing these displays.

On 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.

Also November 12 is the beginning of the fall meeting of the Industrial Advisory Council of the School of Engineering Education (E2IAC). Immediate following the Colloquium, the IAC members will be hosted by the IDE student body in an Open Hose for their new "home" room - the Nest. The main E2IAC meeting will be held on Friday November 13 in Wang Hall, in the Engineering Education Research Facility.

Please mark these in your calendars and assist in whatever way you can to help make all of these events major successes.  


Kudos: 10/12

… to Tim Nokes-Malach, Tanner Wallace and Muhsin Menekse on being awarded a grant of $593,278 from NSF (DUE) titled Investigating Motivation and Transfer in Physical Science through Preparation for Future Learning Instruction

... to Catherine Berdanier and Monica Cox for their paper Research and Assessment of Learning Environments through Photoelicitation: Graduate Student Perceptions of Electronics Manufacturing published in the Summer 2015 issue of Advances in Engineering Education

… to Erik Johnson, Brett Robbins and Michael Loui on the publication of their paper What Do Students Experience as Peer Leaders of Learning Teams? in the Summer 2015 issue of Advances in Engineering Education

Calendar: 10/12

Fall 2015

  • Oct 12/13: Fall Break
  • Oct 14: ENE Special Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501  
  • Oct 15: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:20pm, ARMS 1109 
  • Oct 28: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Oct 28/29: ENE Grad Program Open House
  • Nov 4: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov 7: Homecoming
  • 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: 10/12

Selected Funding Opportunities:

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

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.


EVPRP Workshop: Write Winning Grants by Dr. David Morrison This full-day workshop is designed for faculty who have had some exposure to writing grant applications. Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers. The workshop provides intensive grant writing training interspersed with specific details by agency. Participants will also choose one of four workbooks which provide agency specific grant writing tips and suggestions. Lunch is provided so registration is required by Wednesday, October 28.

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