ENE Memo: October 7, 2013

From the Head: 10/7

Fast Forward

Leading up to homecoming, as part of our ten-year celebrations, I reflected on the 60-year heritage that ENE has from Freshman Engineering. Over future weeks and months there will be time to look back on the precursors of our current and future research and scholarship endeavors, including the graduate program, and also on the legacy of the Interdisciplinary Engineering Program.

At a recent University Senate meeting President Daniels announced Ten Purdue Moves, grouped in these four areas:

  • Purdue will forge ahead in STEM leadership
  • Purdue will deliver world-changing research
  • Purdue will be a leader in transformative higher education
  • Purdue will set the standard in higher education for affordability and accessibility

This announcement has been followed by a series of forums where more of the details have been presented. There is now an official Purdue Moves page.  Just as the future of ENE builds on our deep heritage, so the ten moves build upon the traditional and current strengths of Purdue.

Based on a recent conversation I had with President Daniels, it is clear he wants to grow engineering graduations significantly over coming years. This can be understood as (a) reduce any barriers to students getting access to required engineering classes, (b) increase student success and retention rates and (c) reduce time to degree. The sense of urgency behind these goals echoes the recent title of the SEFI conference: >> Fast Forward >>  

I have explored ways that ENE can assist in attaining this desire to grow engineering at the fastest possible rate. Accordingly we will open up an additional section of ENGR 131 this spring and maybe another ENGR 132 in the summer. In 2014/15 we will continue this trend and as necessary grow ENGR 141 and 142 (which already grew this fall from 210 to 270). This commitment is in the spirit of our Freshman Engineering heritage as the gateway to engineering at Purdue. Our innovation in creating the i2i Learning Laboratory and the associated new courses has helped us increase the retention rates to the sophomore year; thus we have contributed to the overall goals in this way already.

For those who have it, enjoy the few days of October break. It is a time to recharge and prepare for the fast forward at Purdue. Expect announcements in relation to our graduate program, research and interdisciplinary engineering in coming months.    


Calendar: 10/7

Fall 2013

  • Oct 7-8: Fall Break
  • Oct 14: TULIP - Student Teams (and dealing with dysfunctionality), ARMS 3001, 1:30-3pm
  • Oct 16: Faculty Conversation on Mentoring, ARMS B098 Innovation Studio, 9:30-11:30am (New)
  • Oct 18: Staff Meeting, 8:30-9:20am
  • Oct 20-22: ABET Site Visit
  • Oct 21-25: Green Week at Purdue (Think! No Impact)
  • Oct 28: TULIP - Cultural Diversity in the Classroom (FYE advisor Pouneh Eftekhari, who specializes in international students, will be joining us), ARMS 3001, 1:30-3pm
  • Oct 30:  Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am
  • Nov 8: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council (E2IAC) 
  • Nov 9: ENE Friends at the Football
  • Nov 13: Faculty Discussion: FYE Research, ARMS BO98B Innovation Studio 9:30-12:30 
  • Nov 14: Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Engineering Education at Purdue
  • Nov 18: TULIP - Problem Solving, ARMS 3001, 1:30-3pm
  • Nov 20: Advisor-PhD Student matching, ARMS BO98B Innovation Studio 9:30-12:30 
  • Nov 28-29: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 2: TULIP - Messaging FYE Outside FYE, ARMS 3001, 1:30-3pm
  • Dec 4: Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am

Spring 2014

  • Feb 19: ENE Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebrating 45 Years of  Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • April 9: ENE Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of ENE / Open House and Research Exhibition

Kudos: 10/7

...to Brent Jesiek on the publication of his paper "The Origins and Early History of Computer Engineering in the United States" in the current issue of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.

...to Alice Pawley on receiving the Anita Borg Institute's Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award at the Grace Hopper Celebration ABIE Awards.

Alice Pawley

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