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ENE Memo: October 26, 2015

From the Head: 10/26

Changes in the Instructional Support Team

Over the next few weeks, the Instructional Support Team will be going through a series of structural and personnel changes.

I am pleased to announce that Jill Folkerts has accepted an offer to become Instructional Support Manager and leader of the IST. She comes to us with experience of more than 20 years as an engineer and supervisor at Alcoa. Jill will start on November 9.

Regrettably, though, I must also announce that Lynn Hegewald will be leaving ENE; she has accepted a position with Purdue Manufacturing Extension Program. From the week of November 9 through the end of the semester, Lynn will be transitioning (60% with ENE, 40% with MEP), and December 18 will be her last day. We very much appreciate Lynn’s contributions to the team for the last three years, and wish her the best.

In order to give Mary Pilotte the time she needs to lead and develop the IDE program, Mary will be stepping away from responsibility for the IST, and Steve Hoffmann will step in in her place. As an organizational structure, Jill will report to Steve, and the rest of the team (Jim Whitford, Rick Womack, Dianne Bell, future hires) will report to Jill.

Steve, Jill, and I will start planning soon on hiring two new Instructional Support Specialists (replacing Patrick and Lynn). We hope to have these positions filled early in 2016. Through this transition, Jim Whitford will be a key source of continuity and support and will have primary support responsibility for ENGR 132 in the spring semester.

We will have continuing discussions with the Intellectual Curator teams for ENGR 131 and 132 about evolving roles and responsibilities for everyone (the IST, the Curator teams, and the other instructors) as this transition progresses.


Kudos: 10/26

... to Rick Womack, Lynn Hegewald and Cindey Hays for being named as finalists in the 2015 CoE Staff Awards of Excellence respectively for Customer Service, New Employee, and Professional Achievement. The winners will be announced at the Staff Awards Banquet on December 4. Please mark for calendars for a big night for ENE. 

... to Joyce Main on being selected as an 2015 Frontiers in Education (FiE) New Faculty Fellow.  

... to Natasha Perova-Mello in successfully defending her dissertation titled Using Google Docs to Support Workflow Management in Teams of Engineering Students

Calendar: 10/26

Fall 2015

  • Oct 28: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
  • Oct 28/29: ENE Grad Program Open House
  • Oct 29: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:20pm, ARMS 1109 
  • Nov 4: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30, WANG 3501
  • Nov 5: Workplace Violence Training (ENE faculty and staff), 3:30-5pm, 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

News and Information: 10/26

Workplace Violence Training (Save the Date)

Officer Keene Red Elk will be providing work place violence training for our faculty and staff on Thursday, Nov. 5th from 3:30 – 5:00pm. WANG 3501. 

Annual Safety Audits (Reminder/Update)  

The ENE Safety Committee has commenced performing safety audits of all ENE spaces (including offices/labs/business office/etc) for our yearly indemnification review. The basement of ARMS is almost complete. They will be auditing other spaces this week and next.   

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).  

Innovation for International Development (I2D) Laboratory

The next I2D Lab meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27 at 12:00-1:30pm in WANG 2501 

  1. Jun Chen, Micro-hydropower for powering rural African communities: Opportunities, challenges, and lessons
  2. Gary Burniske & Suzanne Nielsen, Engineering’s role in food security

Lunch provided. For catering purposes, please RSVP to Tami Sells (

Funding Opportunities: 10/26

Selected Funding Opportunities:

NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC) The I/UCRC program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. The Centers are catalyzed by an 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. November 16 - LOI; January 11 - Planning Grant and Full Center Proposals.

NSF Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS) This program open to proposals that advance the foundations of one or more of the following integrative research themes: 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. Within each theme, advances in theory and methods, technological innovations, educational approaches, research infrastructure, and workforce development are all of significant interest. Proposals must be consistent with the missions of the participating directorates. High-risk, high-payoff approaches are expected. December 10 – LOI (required); January 26 – Proposal.

DOD-ARMY Vision Research Program – Technology/Therapeutic Development Award This program challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will foster new directions for, and address neglected issues in, the field of vision research. Applications from investigators within the military Services, and applications involving multidisciplinary collaborations among academia, industry, the military Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other Federal Government agencies are highly encouraged. Deadlines: December 2 – Pre-application; December 16 – Application.

DOD-CDMRP FY15 Extremity Regeneration Technology/Therapeutic Development Award Innovations developed from JPC-8/CRMRP-supported research efforts are expected to improve restorative treatments and rehabilitative care to maximize function for return to duty (RTD) or civilian life. The interest is in medical technologies (drugs, biologics, and devices) and treatment/rehabilitation strategies (methods, guidelines, standards, and information) that will significantly improve the medical care provided to our wounded Service members within the DoD health care system. Deadlines: December 15 – Pre-application; December 22 – Application.

NEH Next Generation Humanities PhD Implementation and Planning Grants NEH hopes to assist universities in implementing a new model of doctoral education, which can both transform the understanding of what it means to be a humanities scholar and promote the integration of the humanities in the public sphere. Next Generation Humanities PhD Implementation Grants support universities in instituting wide-ranging changes in humanities doctoral programs. Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants support universities in preparing to institute wide-ranging changes in humanities doctoral programs. Matching funds are required for both programs. Deadlines: January 20 – Preliminary proposal; February 17 – Proposal.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory programs ORNL has several opportunities for qualified students and faculty to participate in hands-on research in a-real world setting with award winning scientists. Two opportunities, open now, are the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) and the Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) programs.

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: NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program*The NRT program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks – Traineeship Track (TT) and Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. For both tracks, strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

*This is a revised version of the solicitation for the Research Traineeship (NRT) Program due in December. This is a program for which we already held an internal limited submission competition and selected preproposals to move forward. Under the revised solicitation, we can submit a second Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) proposal. We are, therefore, running another internal competition to fill the second slot for the IGE only.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, November 2: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, November 9: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadlines: December 9 – LOI (required); February 9 – Full proposal.

Limited Submission: DOS FY16 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators The Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, invites proposal submissions for the design and implementation of five different Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators to take place over the course of five to six weeks at U.S. academic institutions beginning in June 2016. These Institutes should provide multinational groups of experienced foreign university educators, scholars, teachers, and other professionals with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. Four of these Institutes will be for groups of 18 foreign university level faculty, focusing on the themes of Journalism and Media, U.S. Culture and Society, U.S. Foreign Policy, and U.S. National Security Policymaking, each with a total duration of six weeks. One additional Institute for a group of 20 foreign secondary educators will be a five-week general survey course on secondary education and the U.S. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Internal deadline: Contact by October 28.

Sponsor deadline: December 4

Anticipated Funding Opportunities:

These solicitations are anticipated to be released soon based on the timing of previous solicitations for the program or notices of intent to publish. We are posting this information to help with proposal planning efforts but please keep in mind that the release dates and/or scope of a solicitation can change from year-to-year so be sure to read the solicitation carefully once it is released.


NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide available The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: RFI on Science Drivers Requiring Capable Exascale High Performance Computing All responses due by November 13.

DOE-ARPA-E RFI on Advanced Telepresence Technology Responses are due by October 30.

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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