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ENE Memo: October 5, 2015

From the Head: 10/5

Socially Responsible Engineering

One of the core values of ENE expressed in our Strategic Plan is "being socially conscious in what we do and how we do it".

This high-minded ideal is expressed explicitly in one of the three pillars of our mission of "Transforming Engineering Education based on Scholarship and Research" as follows; 

Embed creativity, innovation, and social responsibility: Create an understanding of the essential nature of engineering as creative and as contributing to a better world. 

Just over a week ago the United Nations General Assembly met and adopted a set of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This Agenda and the SD Goals set forth a transformative vision of the next 15 years focused on People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. They build upon the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) over the past 15 years.  Whereas the MDGs were directed predominantly at the developing world, the Sustainable Development Goals are directed at all peoples.  

The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are as follows;

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture 
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages 
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all 
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation 
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries 
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss 
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

The Sustainable Development Agenda and the seventeen goals provide:  an inspiration to engage a future generation of engineers (to change the conversation); a socially responsible basis for how we educate engineers today and a framework for the continuing professional development of engineers currently in practice. On an earlier occasion I wrote about such global challenges as being the "Sputink moment" for this generation. 


Kudos: 10/5

... to Les Grundman, a part-time ENE grad student who works at Indiana Tech, on receiving the Leepoxy Award for Teaching Innovation. Congratulations!

Calendar: 10/5

Fall 2015

  • Oct 4/5:  Big Ten + Grad Expo
  • Oct 7: INSPIRE Open House, 1:30-3:30pm,  WANG 3520
  • Oct 8: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:20pm, ARMS 1109 
  • Oct 12/13: Fall Break
  • Oct 14: ENE Special Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501  
  • Oct 16: ENE Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, WANG 3501
  • 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 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

  • 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 20: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Jan 27: Assistant Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 3, Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 10: Associate Professors meet with Head, 9:30-10:30 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 17: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 24: Faculty Meeting 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • Feb 24: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards
  • March 9: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • March 14/19: Spring Break
  • March 30: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 11/12: ENE Industrial Advisory Council
  • April 21: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • April 30: Classes end
  • May 4: Faculty Meeting, 9:30-11:20 am, WANG 3501
  • May 10: Grades Due
  • May 13/15: Commencement

Funding Opportunities: 10/5

Selected Funding Opportunities:

ED-IES Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions and Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions The Institute’s purpose in awarding these grants is to support rigorous evaluations of education interventions that State educational agencies or local educational agencies believe will produce meaningful improvements in student outcomes within a short period (for example, within a single semester or academic year), that can be conducted at low cost, and that will provide policymakers with valid and useful results more rapidly than is typically achieved in education research. Deadline: January 12

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant Programs The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports grantees within five defined program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Arts and Cultural Heritage; Scholarly Communications; Diversity; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.  In-depth descriptions of each program can be found on the website.  Letters of inquiry are accepted year-round.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Young Investigator Grants These grants are designed to fill the critical need for startup funds for less experienced researchers to pursue promising research ideas. These grants encourage and cultivate the best and brightest researchers of the future and lead to long term commitments to research projects. Deadline: December 14

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.

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.

DOE ARPA-E Request for Information on Advanced Telepresence Technology The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible formulation of future programs. Deadline: October 30


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 at the link above. The deadline for registration is October 19.  For more information, contact Sue Grimes at

NSF FAQs for Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Transfer

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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