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ENE Memo: October 13, 2014

From the Head: 10/13

Three Horizon Thinking

When thinking strategically, it is often helpful to consider several time horizons simultaneously. First developed at McKinsey's over 15 years ago, the three horizons of growth is a powerful framework for thinking about the future. Since it original publication, this concept has been used in multiple incantations and modifications by numerous consultants. Like most good ideas in business consulting this is not a silver bullet or an immutable set of rule - it is an idea worth exploring. Three horizons is simply a way to open up our thinking about the future while connecting vision and strategy with mission and tactics.

The three horizon concept is that for a business (or any enterprise) to be successful in the longer term it should simultaneously pay attention to:

  1. Extending and defending its current core business focus in the coming months and maybe years (Horizon 1);
  2. Building emerging businesses which provide the new core in (say) two-to-five years (Horizon 2) and
  3. Creating viable options that will kick-in in (say) five-to-ten years (Horizon 3).

The time frames for these three horizons vary according to the relative time constants / rates of change in particular industry sectors.

While an academic enterprise like ENE is not a "business", nevertheless the three horizon concept can usefully be applied to how we think about what we are doing now, what new and different things we should be preparing to do in a couple of years time and what things we might do in the longer term.

The list of strategic priorities for 2014-15 articulated over the last month - PeopleProgramsResearch and Community - include many actions that are focused on horizon 1 and some that relate more to horizon 2.  

In terms of horizon 3, we may want to consider some stretch goals that take us well beyond current core "business," yet these goals might be grounded in what we currently do and our historical strengths. One such goal is to personalized engineering learning; aligned with the NAE Grand Challenges is to Advance Personalized Learning. From the start of Freshman Engineering we have been about enhancing the experience of individual students not least through the advising we provide. One of our core values is "students first." The Interdisciplinary Engineering Program is about "educating one student at a time." Our PhD program is designed to provide a flexible degree framework that individuals can customize to meet their unique background and needs. 

Accordingly a possible big horizon 3 challenge for ENE is: "How do we build on these proud traditions around the education of the individual to develop a yet-to-be-imagined socio-technical learning environment that radically enhances the options our students have to personalize their learning, even at the scale of First-Year Engineering?" Such a challenge is as large as we are willing to make it. It would push technology enhanced education to new levels. Such a challenge could stretch our stated mission to transform engineering education based on scholarship and research to its very limit.  Something to consider. 


Calendar: 10/13

Fall 2014

  • Oct. 16: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Oct. 17: ENE Staff Meeting, ARMS B1103, 8:30-9:20am
  • Oct. 22: TULIP, Formative Course Evaluations, ARMS B098B, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Oct. 22-25: FIE Madrid
  • Oct. 23: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Oct. 29: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Oct. 29-30: ENE Graduate Program Open House, Armstrong Hall
  • Oct. 30: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • 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
  • Nov. 13: ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium, ARMS Atrium, 3:30-5pm
  • Nov. 17: TULIP, ARMS 1314, 1:30-3:00pm
  • 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: 10/13

ENE Industrial Advisory Council: Nov 6 & 7

The fall meeting of the ENE Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) will be held on Friday November 7, in the Dunville Room, ARMS 3041.

On the preceding evening, Thursday Nov. 6, there will be an exposition of ENE Research initiatives in the Innovation and Demonstration Studios (B098B) from 4:30-6:00pm, immediately following the ENE Research Seminar. All graduate students, post-docs, research staff and faculty are encouraged to attend this event. At a time when we are looking at ways to grow and diversify our research enterprise, including fostering more industry funded research, this is an ideal opportunity to meet and discuss ideas in an informal atmosphere with the members of our IAC.   

Graduate students, faculty and other researchers who have had posters made in the past six-to-nine months for various conferences are requested to display their posters and engage with the IAC during the exposition. This is an excellent opportunity to practice your elevator pitch with an interested, but not expert, audience.

The two ENE led consortia that were part of the College Preeminent Teams pitch competition during September and October will reprise their five or ten minute presentations for the IAC.

This will not only be a chance for the IAC members to catch up on current and planned research and meet new grad students, staff and faculty, it also will provide us individually to get a better understanding of the variety of research going on in this community.

Light refreshments will be provided. 

Safety Committee

The most recent meeting minutes of the Safety Committee are available HERE. One of the Departmental Action Items from the 2014 REM Recertification is for everyone to review the biweekly meeting minutes.

Safety Audits

The ENE Safety Committee will be performing safety audits of all ENE spaces (including offices/labs/business office/etc) during the month of October for our yearly indemnification review that will occur in November.

For office safety audits, you can prepare your space by reviewing the Self-Audit Checklist found on the ENE safety website at:

Two or three members from the ENE Safety Committee will be stopping by your office/lab in October to perform a thorough safety inspection of your area. You will be notified if any issues are found.

You are more than welcome to be present during the safety audit of your office/lab. If you would prefer a scheduled time (or to be present during the audit), please let Patrick La Petina know you would like to schedule a specific time. The office safety audits will begin by Monday, October 13th  and continue through the month of October.

President's Colloquia

Faculty members are encouraged to attend the President's Colloquia, a series of events this academic year that involves faculty lectures and receptions at Westwood, the Purdue presidential residence. The next colloquium is Oct. 22.

Registration is required to attend each colloquium. The series is meant to provide timely information about Purdue scholars' research as well as networking opportunities for faculty members from across the University.

The next colloquium features Alan Beck, the Dorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology. Beck's talk is titled "The Importance of Animal Companionship." Among other things, Beck will discuss the mechanisms by which animal companionship affects both human and animal health.

Kudos: 10/13 Farrah Fayyaz on successfully defending her dissertation. MDE/IDES students Jacob Cherogan, Nick Horein and Katherine McCartney for writing thank you notes to ENE donors from the past year. INSPIRE and ENE faculty, students and staff who impressed the College of Engineering Advisory Council during the group's tour of Wang Hall and panel discussions/presentations this past Friday. Patrick La Petina for showing off the Artisan and Fabrication Lab (and some of the i2i space) to the Purdue Foundry's Entrepreneurial Advisory Council. Brenda Capobianco on receiving the Women and Hi Tech Leading Light award for Outstanding Educator in Science, Technology or Engineering.

Funding Opportunities: 10/13

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 Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Research Alliance (PIF:AIR-RA) This PFI:AIR-Research Alliance (RA) solicitation is intended to accelerate the translation and transfer of existing research discoveries into competitive technologies and commercial realities by leveraging the investments NSF has made in research consortia (e.g., Engineering Research Centers, Industry University Cooperative Research Centers, Science and Technology Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, Centers for Chemical Innovation, and others) and catalyzing academic-based innovation ecosystems. One and only one institution within an NSF-funded research consortium can be the lead/submitting institution. Deadlines: January 12 – LOI; February 18 – Full proposal.

NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC) This program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academia, and government. The centers are catalyzed by a small investment from the NSF and are primarily supported by industry center members, with NSF taking a supporting role in the development and evolution of the center. Each center is established to conduct research that is of interest to both the industry members and the center faculty. An I/UCRC contributes to the Nation's research infrastructure base and enhances the intellectual capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. As appropriate, an I/UCRC uses international collaborations to advance these goals within the global context.

This program has very specific eligibility requirements:

  • Grantee institutions that have an active single-university I/UCRC award are not eligible to apply for another single university center; however, they may apply for a multi-university center. Purdue has an active single university award and, therefore, is not eligible to apply for another.
  • Any institution may submit multiple multi-university center proposals provided that the proposed research topics involve different disciplines and support different industries.
  • Deadlines: January 5 – LOI; March 3 – Full Proposal

NSF Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) The Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI) program provides grants to support the development and construction of state-of-the-art astronomical detectors and instruments for the visible, infrared, submillimeter, and radio regions of the spectrum. Successful proposals will involve the application of new hardware and software technology and/or innovative techniques in astronomical research in any of a broad range of fields. Deadline: November 1 annually.

NSF Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS) This competition is organized around two research themes: Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs and Individuality and Variation. Within each theme, general advances in theory and methods, technological innovations, educational approaches, enabling research infrastructure, and workforce development are all of significant interest. Competitive proposals must be consistent with the missions of the participating directorates. Potentially groundbreaking approaches that entail significant risk are encouraged. Two classes of proposals are offered – Integrative Foundations and Core+ Extensions – but responses to this solicitation are for Integrative Foundations. Deadlines: December 10 – LOI; January 26 – Full proposal.

NSF Alan T. Waterman Award Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award in recognition of the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. Nominees are accepted from all sources, from any field of science and engineering that NSF supports. The award recipient will receive a medal and an invitation to the formal awards ceremony in Washington, DC. In addition, the recipient will receive a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation, at any institution of the recipient's choice. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and, by December 31 of the application year, be 35 years of age or younger, and not more than seven years from their Ph.D. degree. Nomination packages are due: October 24.

NIH Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (P50) This program encourages grant applications to support a transdisciplinary program of basic and applied research to examine the effects of environmental factors on children’s health and well-being. Research conducted through the Centers should include substantive areas of science in children’s health while incorporating innovative technologies and approaches and links to the environment. This program encourages strong links between disciplines in the basic, applied, clinical and public health sciences to prevent disease and promote health of all children. Deadline: December 22.

DOD-DARPA SafeWare The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of program obfuscation. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice. Deadline: November 18.

DOE Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities This FOA seeks transformative projects targeting all components of a concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. Projects should seek to meet the targets set out in the SunShot Vision Study, enabling CSP to become fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of electric power generation. Projects can address challenges in any technical system of the plant, including solar collectors, receivers and heat transfer fluids, thermal energy storage, power cycles, as well as operations and maintenance. Award range from $250,000 – $5M and require a minimum 20% cost share. An informational webinar will be held on October 10. Deadlines: November 26 – Concept paper (required); February 20 – Full applications.

DOE Advanced Research in Dry Cooling (ARID) This program seeks to fund transformative new power plant cooling technologies that enable high thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency with zero net water dissipation to the atmosphere. Of particular interest to this program are technologies that incorporate air cooling, sorption-based cooling, multimode (convection/radiant) cooling, large capacity cool storage, or any other innovative heat rejection technology that addresses the programmatic goals. This program requires a minimum 5% cost share if an education institution applies as a standalone applicant; 20% on standard applications. Deadlines: November 10 – Concept paper (required); TBD – Full application.

Surdna Foundation Artist Led Social Change Program The Surdna Foundation is accepting proposals through its Artists Engaging in Social Change funding area for one- or two-year support for extraordinary artist-driven projects. Grants of up to $150,000 over two years will be awarded in support of compelling artists projects developed in response to specific challenges in their communities, as well as projects by artists whose work over the long term has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly defined as "activist." All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work. Applicants can be at any stage of their careers but must have a track record of developed work that demonstrates their capacity to complete the proposed project and to manage the level of funds requested. Deadline: November 12.

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

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.


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. Lunch is provided and registration is required.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Intent to support an Ideas Lab on multiscale integration of brain activity and structure with brain function using predictive theoretical models and innovative experimental methodology

NSF Dear Colleague Letter (DCL): Submission of I/UCRC Proposals in Response to NSF 13-594 in Areas Related to Understanding the Brain's Structure and Function

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Support for Including Science Educators in Polar Research

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Closing of Program Solicitation NSF 14-511 (Partnership on Advance Frontiers in Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Production vis Solar Water Splitting Technologies)

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Veterans Research Supplement (VRS) Program

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