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ENE Memo: October 27, 2014

From the Head: 10/27

Strategic Global Partnerships
Over the past few weeks numerous ENE faculty and students have been interacting with colleagues from around the world. Many attended the Frontiers of Education conference in Madrid last week; Monica Cardella was the program co-chair for this international event. The previous week, Robin Adams led the 10th Design Thinking Research Symposium at Purdue, bringing together researchers from many disciplines from around the world in a highly interactive event. These are both examples of global leadership by ENE faculty which help to "grow the community".
Many other ENE faculty members have collaborations with colleagues around the world. For example, over the past seven years many of us have engaged in a variety of research and capacity building activities with the Center for Engineering Education at UTM (University of Technology, Malaysia). Over the summer, a steady stream of international friends and collaborators visited ENE ahead of the ASEE conference as part of our 10th anniversary. 
As we enter our second decade, and as we grow and move into our exciting new research facility, we have the opportunity to transform these many global collaborations into a more coherent set of managed strategic partnerships that will open up diverse opportunities for ENE as a community to have a concerted impact globally. Such partnerships would ideally have a broad base, be long lasting and engage a significant number of people from ENE across a wide range of activities focused on many areas of research and scholarship.
To this end, last week Brent Jesiek and I visited Beijing to work on a partnership agreement between ENE and the Institute of Education at Tsinghua University (the MIT of China). Once ratified this agreement will foster the exchange of faculty and students, joint research on questions of mutual interest, sharing of research findings, joint publications and joint workshops to build engineering education capacity in relation to engineering education and higher education more generally. The opportunities are enormous; they span almost every aspect of our research and programmatic activities in ENE. Similarly last month I visited the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden (KTH) to explore collaborative research opportunities with ENE. This was a follow-up to the visit by a delegation from KTH to Purdue in June.
Having a limited number of broad-based, strategic global partnerships, as opposed to many single point of contact relationships, provides us with the dual benefits of diverse opportunities for many faculty combined with a more defined and finite task of relationship management. The challenge is how to make these partnerships sustainable. How do they grow, evolve and survive changes in personnel or circumstances? How do we manage the polarity between the immediate research and career goals of individual faculty within a global collaboration and the need to develop a long term, multi-faceted relationship? How do we share the load of relationship building and maintenance and foster a sense of shared ownership and responsibility for sustainability and the overall success? 
We are at our best when we combine the breadth and complementarity of our scholarly interests and our programs with our ability to work together as a unit around a set of shared ideals. Working together we are uniquely placed to make a significant global impact through growing a limited number of ENE strategic partnerships with key international partners in engineering education research and innovation. 

Calendar: 10/27

Fall 2014

  • 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. 3: Grad Connect with PhD alumna Irene Mena, POTR 234 (Fu Conference Room), 12 – 1pm
  • Nov. 4: ENE 695 Public Class, ARMS B098B, 1:30 – 2:45 pm
  • 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,Spatial Visualization in Undergraduate Education, ARMS 1314, 1:30 – 3:00pm
  • Nov. 18: ENE 695 Public Class, ARMS B098B, 1:30 – 2:45 pm
  • 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: 10/27

ENE 695 "Public Classes"

Doctoral students in ENE 69500 Educational Methods in Engineering work in pairs to design a unit of instruction on a teaching best-practice. This unit includes selected readings, a 10-12 minute online module, a 75-minutes active learning lesson, and an associated homework.  Students are not only learning to create a cohesive learning-objective driven unit, but also getting practical classroom and team-teaching experience.

The readings and online modules are outlined in the Event Calendar entries for each class (direct links above). All students and faculty are invited to participate.


The Impact of Contextualized Computing for Materials Students webinar will address education challenges associated with the incorporation of computation into core curriculum, and present educational research methodology and the results collected from surveys, pre/post-tests, and guided interviews. Dr. Alejandra Magana, ENE courtesy faculty member, is one of the co-presenters. The webinar is Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 1-2pm. The webinar is free, but registration is required.

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.

Bake Sale for United Way

In an effort to boost the ENE contribution to Purdue's United Way campaign, we are having our annual bake sale Thursday, October 30, and you may participate in two ways:

  1. Stop by the FYE reception area (Room 1300) and purchase a delectable treat.
  2. Prepare cupcakes, cookies, bars, etc., wrap them in individual servings and bring them to Carlene Quirk in the FYE reception area.

The sale will be while supplies last.

Here are just a few programs supported and conducted by United Way: Read to Succeed, Kindergarten Countdown Camp, and Born Learning all help our children succeed in school and beyond. United Way also supports over 100 programs and services through the 23 participating agencies. United Way makes Greater Lafayette a great place to live!

Kudos: 10/27 Krishna Madhavan, Niklas Elmqvist, Mihaela Vorvoreanu, Xin "Cindy" Chen, Yuetling Wong, Hanjun Xian, Zhihua Dong, and Aditya Johri on publication of "DIA2: Web-based Cyberinfrastructure for Visual Analysis of Funding Portfolios" in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

Funding Opportunities: 10/27

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 Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME)  The MME program supports fundamental research leading to improved manufacturing machines and equipment, and their application in manufacturing processes. Key goals of the program are to advance the transition of manufacturing from skill-based to knowledge-based activities, and to advance technologies that will enable the manufacturing sector to reduce its environmental impacts. A focus is on the advancement of manufacturing machines and related systems engineering that will enable energy manufacturing, namely the manufacture of facilities and equipment that will enable the conversion of renewable resources into energy products such as electricity and liquid fuels, on a large scale. The program also supports research on additive manufacturing, laser processing and bonding/joining processes encompassing feature scales from microns to meters. Deadline:  February 17.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  Sustaining CISE Research Infrastructure  Through its CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program, the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) supports world-class research infrastructure enabling focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. The CRI program funds both the creation of new infrastructure as well as the enhancement of existing infrastructure. Proposals focused exclusively on enhancing community use and continuing operational support with a plan for long-term sustainability may request funds up to $1 million.  Deadline:  November 6.

NSF National Robotics Initiative  The goal of the National Robotics Initiative is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside or cooperatively with people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots working in symbiotic relationships with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The purpose of this program is the development of this next generation of robotics, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire life cycle from fundamental research and development to manufacturing and deployment. Deadline:  January 14.

NSF Science, Technology and Society (STS)  The STS program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science. Deadline: February 2.

NSF Engineering and Systems Design (ESD)  This program supports fundamental research leading to new engineering and systems design methods and practices for specific global contexts. In particular, ESD seeks intellectual advances in which the theoretical foundations underlying design and systems engineering are operationalized into rigorous and pragmatic methods for a specific context. In addition, the program funds the rigorous theoretical and empirical characterization of new or existing methods for design and systems engineering, identifying in which global contexts and under which assumptions these methods are effective and efficient.  Deadline:  February 17.

DOE Solid State Lighting Program  The DOE SSL program addresses two overarching objectives:

  1. Overcoming technical and design barriers to high-quality solid-state lighting; and
  2. Establishing the foundations for successful market introduction.

For the purpose of this FOA, six topics areas are of interest:  LED Core Technology Research, OLED Core Technology Research, LED Product Development-Novel LED Luminaire System, OLED Product Development; LED Manufacturing Research and Development, and OLED Manufacturing Research and Development. Cost share is required and amount varies by topic. Deadlines:  November 14 – Concept paper; January 14 – Application.

DOE Generators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS)  The GENSETS Program GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems seeks to fund the development of potentially disruptive generator technologies that will enable widespread deployment of residential Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. The GENSETS Program seeks transformative generators/engines with 1 kW of electrical output (kWe) that have high efficiency (40% fuel to electricity), long life (10 years), low cost ($3,000 per system), and low emissions. Deadline:  December 1 – Concept paper; TBD – Application.

DOE Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems  EERE is seeking interdisciplinary projects that apply landscape design approaches to integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems while maintaining or enhancing environmental and socio-economic sustainability including ecosystem services and food, feed, and fiber production. For the purposes of this FOA, cellulosic feedstock production refers to dedicated annual and perennial energy crops, use of agricultural and forestry residues, or a combination of these options. Deadlines:  November 21 – Concept paper; January 12 – Full application.

DOD-ONR Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education, Outreach, and Workforce Program (STEM)  The ONR seeks proposals for developing innovative solutions that directly support the development and maintenance of a robust STEM workforce. The goal of any proposed effort should be to provide "game changing" solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM related workforce opportunities. While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM pipeline, for FY15, funding efforts will be targeted primarily towards High School, Post-Secondary education, and outreach designed to enhance the DoN (or Naval) STEM workforce and its mission readiness. Deadline:  September 30, 2015.

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

Limited Submission:  NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) The National Science Foundation has issued its RFP for the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program.  The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use.  Instrument acquisition or development funding ranges from $100,000-$4 million and has a mandatory 30% cost share requirement. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences.

Purdue may submit up to three proposals, at least one of which must be for instrument development.  Faculty may not participate in any (funded) way in instrument acquisition or development proposals led by other institutions, including Purdue regional campuses, outside of the three proposals selected through Purdue’s limited submission process.

  • Internal deadlines:
  • Monday, November 3:  Preproposals due to the EVPRP (please indicate acquisition or development in the title).
  • Monday, November 10:  Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.
  • NSF deadline: January 22, 2015

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. 


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