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ENE Memo: October 19, 2015

From the Head: 10/19

New Frontiers in Education

This week many ENE faculty plus a number of our graduate students will be attending and presenting their research at the annual Frontiers in Education conference in El Paso, TX. This conference is sponsored jointly by the IEEE Education Society, the IEEE Computer Society, and the ASEE Educational Research and Methods Division. The conference theme this year is Launching a New Vision in Engineering Education. A very apt title given the proximity of the historic White Sands and now the new generation Spaceport.

Our school has always played a prominent part in this event. This year Senay Purzer is a Program Co-Chair. Many others from our community are running workshops, chairing sessions and presenting papers. Again, ENE is hosting an exhibition booth at FIE 2015.

Our leadership and the high level of collective participation in this event is part of our ongoing commitment to growing the field of engineering education research and innovation; the fourth of our strategic goals guided by our Strategic Compass.

Hopefully the numerous interactions members of ENE have at FIE 2015 with colleagues from around the country and beyond will feed back into how we understand our other three strategic goals; empower our people, set the pace in innovative programs and tackle the big research questions. This is especially critical now during a time when we see major changes underway in the national landscape of engineering education research and innovation.

We must be very mindful of these major changes and how we work with them.


News and Information: 10/19

Annual Safety Audits (ACTION REQUIRED)  

The ENE Safety Committee will be performing safety audits of all ENE spaces (including offices/labs/business office/etc) during late October and early November 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.

Two or three members from the ENE Safety Committee will be stopping by your office/lab in October/November 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 me know and we will schedule a specific time with you. Otherwise, we tend to do these inspections in bunches (several offices at one time). The office safety audits will begin by Monday, October 26th  and continue through the month of October and into November.

Green Week at Purdue

Purdue Green Week kicks off Monday (Oct. 19), offering many events throughout the week to educate the campus community on sustainability

Natasha Perova-Mello Thesis Defense

Title: Using Google Docs to Support Workflow Management in Teams of Engineering Students

Monday, October 19, 2015; 8:00am; WANG 3501

Calendar: 10/19

Fall 2015

  • Oct 22: 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: 10/19

NSF Webinar: Understand the SIGNIFICANT CHANGES in Award Policies and Procedures

The National Science Foundation is holding a webinar October 29 that may cut down on those dreaded yet unnecessary rejection notices. It will brief researchers on "significant changes" to the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for proposals submitted or due on or after January 25, 2016. Registration is required. Read the article and/or the new Grant Proposal Guide.

2015-2016 Library Scholars Grant Program

Purdue Libraries is pleased to announce the Library Scholars Grant Program for 2015-2016. The Program is for untenured tenure-track faculty members and associate professors tenured effective July 1, 2013, or later-- which could include Libraries faculty. Information is located at

Applicants are required to have a conversation with a librarian who must write a letter of support for a proposal.

All proposals must be submitted to no later than 5:00 pm EST on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ayn Reineke,, 765-494-2900.

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI-2016) This solicitation is a funding opportunity for interdisciplinary teams of researchers to embark on rapidly advancing frontiers of fundamental engineering research. For this solicitation, NSF will consider proposals in the following two research areas: 1) Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE), and 2) New Light and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking Reciprocity and Time-Reversal Symmetry (NewLAW). EFRI seeks proposals with transformative ideas that represent an opportunity for a significant shift in fundamental engineering knowledge with a strong potential for long term impact on national needs or a grand challenge. The Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) Office will hold an information workshop on October 19 to discuss the EFRI program and answer questions about this solicitation. Deadlines: Letters of Intent due November 9; Preliminary Proposals due January 14; Invited Full Proposals due April 8.

NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Translation (PFI:AIR-TT) The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation serves as an early opportunity to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking. Deadlines: Letter of Intent due March 1; Proposal due April 1.

ORAU Laine Russell Distinguished Early Career Fellowship The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications from all fields of science and engineering for the Liane Russell Distinguished Early Career Fellowship. The fellowship provides funding support for three years along with formal mentorship to facilitate successful integration of Russell fellows’ research with DOE programs. Candidates should be upcoming or recent PhD graduates with no more than three years of post-PhD research experience. Russell fellows are expected to pursue independent research of high quality and high impact within their areas of expertise as outlined in their research proposals. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: bioscience, chemistry, computer science, earth and atmospheric sciences, engineering, materials science, mathematics, nuclear sciences and engineering, and physics. The fellows will be rooted in research divisions, conducting their work in a collaborative and multidisciplinary team environment. Russell fellows will also work with their supporting division to develop a plan for their research to become a sustainable, long-term program at ORNL. Deadline: October 31.

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: RGK Foundation Grants RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. Within Community, the Foundation supports a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The Foundation's current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

  • Internal deadlines: Contact by November 2.
  • Sponsor deadlines: LOIs accepted on an ongoing basis.

Limited Submission: Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards These awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at Oak Ridge Associated Universities member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. Full-time assistant professors at ORAU member institutions within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (1/11/2014-1/11/2016) at the time of application are eligible. The research project must be in one of the following five disciplines: Engineering and Applied Science; Life Sciences; Mathematics/Computer Sciences; Physical Sciences; and Policy, Management, or Education. The award amount provided by ORAU is $5,000. Additionally, the applicant’s institution is required to match the award with at least an additional $5,000. For this opportunity, Purdue may nominate two applicants.

  • Internal deadlines are as follows:
  • Monday, November 16: Submit CV and a two-page (max) research proposal to
  • Monday, November 30: Rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • Sponsor deadline: January 11


REMINDER – EVPRP Workshop: Managing Your Award: SPS Post-Award and Research Compliance Good news! You’ve just been notified that your research project is receiving funding. Now what? The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships along with Sponsored Program Services can help you answer that question at this informative workshop. Presenters at this event include: Susan Corwin, Research Administration Manager, SPS Post-Award; Howie Zelaznik, Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of Health & Kinesiology; and Mary Millsaps, Research Information Assurance Officer, EVPRP. They will discuss Purdue's policies and processes related to the management of awards as well as issues for compliance that all researchers should know. This workshop will be especially helpful to new faculty but all faculty are invited to attend. Topics to be covered in this session include: award management; project reporting; working with human research subjects; working with animals; working with biohazards, rDNA, radiation, lasers, or other controlled substances; grant to protocol reviews; avoiding financial conflicts of interest; and research information assurance (including confidential information and export control regulations). The workshop will take place on October 22 from 11:30AM to 1:00 PM in Stewart Center, room 310. Lunch is provided so registration is required by October 19th at the link above.

EVPRP Workshop:How to Write an NIH Proposal or Resubmission: Strategies, Grantsmanship and Review Process This workshop will address submission and grantsmanship strategies, and examine the review process, with a particular emphasis on interpreting a summary statement. Knowledge and familiarity with NIH mechanisms and review procedures can be a tremendous advantage during the writing, submission and post-review phases of your submission. This workshop will be presented by Perry Kirkham, project coordinator in the EVPRP and former NIH program officer, and Sally Bond, assistant director of Research Development Services Proposal Coordination, in the EVPRP office. The event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, 11:30 to 1:00 in Stewart Center, Room 310. Lunch is provided so registration is required by Thursday, October 29.

Indiana STEM Education Conference The first-annual Indiana STEM Education Conference will be held at Purdue on January 14. See the website for details.

As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty. Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions

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