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ENE Memo: October 29, 2012

Calendar: 10/29

Fall 2012

  • Nov 1 - 2nd Annual ENE Interdisciplinary Colloquium - "Where did I leave my chariot?" -- Note: The colloquium is this week's installment of the ENE research seminar. Head for the Kurz Atrium in Armstrong Hall, and be on time so that you don't miss anything!
  • Nov 2 - Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: Preparing for Strategic Growth

Spring 2013

  • Feb 20 - Engineering Education Outstanding Alumni Awards 
  • Feb 18-22 - National Engineers Week
  • April 8-9 - Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) - Theme: ENE's Second Decade

Kudos: 10/29 Brent Jesiek and Tammy Hare for pulling together the Kanazawa Institute of Technology visit. Marsha Schluttenhofer, Elizabeth Gajdzik, and Johannes Strobel for the successful INSPIRE Advisory Board meeting. Loretta McKinniss, Robin Adams, and the rest of the graduate committee, faculty, and students on the successful ENE Open House. Kudos also to the graduate students for the New Directions in Engineering Education Research poster display. 

News and Information: 10/29

Another BIG Week in ENE

Last week, we hosted the president and a large group of faculty from Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Japan), the fall meeting of the INSPIRE Advisory Board, and the annual ENE Open House for prospective PhD students....a very hectic week indeed.

colloquium invitationThis Thursday, we host the 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium--entitled "Where Did I Leave my Chariot?" and featuring one of our own IDE alums, Mary Smith, who is widely acknowledged as one of the leading parking planners and functional designers of parking garages worldwide.  

This rolls into the fall meeting of the ENE Industrial Advisory Council on Friday, where the focus will be on preparing for strategic growth, kicked off by a presentation by Dean Jamieson on the plans to grow engineering at Purdue over the next 5 years. The IAC meeting will also be considering strategic research opportunities, the theme of our ENE Advance in August.

Linking the colloquium and the IAC meeting will be a working dinner on Thursday evening at which PhD students in the "industry expertise" course co-led by the chair of our Advisory Council, Rick Zadoks, will present their proposals for industry-based research projects to (hopefully) be conducted next summer.   

This week will also have our ENE mobile documentary film crew, who are continuing to interview faculty, staff and students and to film activities around the school. This is part of a project to create a record of ENE activities as we approach our 10th anniversary in 2014. The documentary crew are Mike Gray, author, screenwriter, cinematographer, documentary maker, film producer and Purdue alumnus (camera operator/interviewer); his wife Carol (sound recordist); Norris McNamara (still photographer); and Rebecca Kartheiser, current MDE student in theater engineering also pursuing a minor in film studies (gofer). We are very fortunate to have the talents of Mike Gray and his crew to document our progress in engineering education.


The 4th International Research Symposium on Problem Based Learning

IRSPBL 2013 is to be hosted in collaboration with The UNESCO Chair in Problem Based Learning . The Chair, based in Aalborg University, aims to create a global society for researchers and academic staff working with PBL. A pre-conference workshop will be conducted on July 1, 2013.  The symposium aims to bring together researchers studying all aspects of the learning process in problem-based and project-based learning, and those involved in the implementation of these approaches across the disciplines from all over the world. We welcome research papers in PBL from any level of education.

IRSPBL 2013:

Research in Engineering Education Symposium 2013 (REES 2013)

REES 2013 is to be hosted in collaboration with the Research in Engineering Education Network (REEN), which aims to create a global society for researchers working in Engineering Education. REES 2013 will bring together researchers studying all aspects of engineering education, such as teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, accreditation and employability, from any educational level.

REES 2013:‐for‐paper/


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