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ENE Memo: September 1, 2014

From the Head: 9/1

A Pivotal Period in Our Short History

The next three to five years will be as critical for the future of ENE as any period during our first decade which we celebrated last year.

As I indicated in various presentations to faculty, staff and students in the past week, we are in a pivotal period of growth and transition. We are changing from being a relatively small school in the College of Engineering at Purdue to becoming a mid-sized school. The choices we make, individually and collectively, in the next few years will have a significant impact in shaping our future and setting our trajectory for decades to come. The following are some matters we should reflect upon as we look to the future.

Our first-year program has changed. It has grown to nearly 2200 students each year. The innovative, active and collaborative, two semester course sequence we introduced in 2009 has matured over these past five years and their potential has been realized thanks to the introduction of the FYE Operations Center team. We have made many innovations in academic advising. We are not resting on our laurels but continuously improving the FYE experience. We need to begin to imagine the new heights we might reach when we open the next generation first year instructional laboratories in the refurbished Potter Hall in 2020 as part of the Master Plan for Purdue Engineering.

Our B.S. in Multidisciplinary Engineering has been reaccredited for a second time. We also have the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies. "Educating one student at a time, " these degrees uniquely enable a student to design an individual program of study. This is a powerful mechanism for attracting and retaining a more diverse student body; providing pathways for young people who do not fit the stereotypical mold of an engineer. It also allows us to pilot and incubate degrees in emergent areas of engineering that intersect with disciplinary areas from across Purdue, especially in the liberal arts and humanities. At a time when the total number of undergraduates in engineering is growing and our faculty size is growing we should look at ways to grow Multidisciplinary Engineering and Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies as a defining part of who we are as ENE.

Our PhD program is ten years old this year. It was pivotal priority as ENE was being formed and we began to grow our faculty. The question back then was where will they get jobs? We have now graduated over 40 students and they are employed in a number of sectors. We currently have 73 in the program. In coming years this number will need to grow to around 120, with approximately 30 new students joining each year and a similar number graduating. This is a long way from the boutique program with a handful of students that existed in the early years.

Our faculty numbers are growing and its profile is changing. Of the current 23 faculty whose primary appointment is in ENE, one third (8) have been here of one year or less. Only one quarter of the current faculty (6) were here in the very formative years of 2004/05 and 2005/06 when ENE was founded and the PhD program was created. By next fall we will have 27 faculty, double the number we had five years ago. There are many more associate professors now and while the number of assistants is growing so is the number of full professors. Over the past decade there has been a significant change in how we advise students; only a couple current advisors have an experience of what it used to be like. We have had major changes in personnel (professional, admin and clerical) in the main ENE office and in our business office.

These changes mean we have to be especially mindful of a potential loss of corporate memory including knowledge and expertise in how things get done around here. Combined with major changes in Purdue senior personnel, policies and procedures and in the changing requirements of external agencies this points to the urgent need to have robust operational processes and procedures. These do not need to be burdensome. However they are essential to ensure that we can serve our students and our external constituents effectively and efficiently.

On this Labor Day we should reflect upon and recognize the contributions of those who came before; those who established and initially shaped ENE. We have an excellent foundation to build upon. ENE in 2030 will be shaped profoundly by the decisions we make and the work we do in the next few years.

The future of ENE is what we choose to make it.


Calendar: 9/1

Fall 2014

  • Sept. 3: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-10:20am
  • Sept. 3: Assistant Professors Meet with Head ARMS B098B, 10:30-11:20am
  • Sept. 4: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 6: Family Day (Purdue Mall near MSEE)
  • Sept. 10: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Sept. 10: TULIP, "Learning from Assessments Based on Learning Objectives," ARMS B098B, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Sept. 11: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 12: Faculty Colloquium Series: Dean Leah Jamieson, "From Recognizing Speech to Speaking Out: An Unexpected Journey" ARMS 1103, 3:30 (reception at 4:30)
  • Sept. 17: Faculty Research Conversation, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Sept. 18: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 25: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 27: Homecoming (Armstrong Atrium), 9-11am
  • Sept. 29: TULIP, ARMS 1314, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Oct. 1: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-10:20am
  • Oct. 1: Associate Professors Meet with Head, ARMS B098B, 10:30-11:20am
  • Oct. 2: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Oct. 9: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Oct. 16: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Oct. 17: ENE Staff Meeting, ARMS B1103, 8:30-9:20am
  • Oct. 22: TULIP, ARMS B098B, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Oct. 22-25: FIE Madrid
  • Oct. 23: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • 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. 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, ARMS 1314, 1:30-3:00pm
  • 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: 9/1

Safety Committee

One of the Departmental Action Items from the 2014 REM Recertification is for everyone to review the biweekly meeting minutes.

Kudos: 9/1 James Cawthorne who successfully defended his dissertation, "Thematic Analysis of Influencers on Continuing Professional Learning of Tenure Track Engineering Faculty as Assistant Professor at an RU/VH Institution". James will be depositing his dissertation in October and will be hooded as a PhD on December 21st.  James was a founding member of the ENEGSA. Jeremi London, who successfully defended her dissertation, "The Impact of National Science Foundation Investments in Undergraduate Engineering Education Research: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study". Upon graduation, Jeremi will take up a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at Arizona State University. Matt Ohland and Russell Long on publication of a paper "A Multi-Institution Study of Student Demographics and Outcomes in Chemical Engineering" in the Chemical Engineering Education Journal. Lord, Susan M., Layton, Richard A., Ohland, Matthew W., Brawner, Catherine E., and Long, Russell A., “A Multi-Institution Study of Student Demographics and Outcomes in Chemical Engineering,” Chemical Engineering Education 48(4), Fall 2014, 231-238.

Funding Opportunities: 9/1

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.

NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections This program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. Deadline: December 3.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) The INSPIRE pilot seeks to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposals that are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research. INSPIRE projects must fill all three of the following criteria:

  • Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary.
  • Lines of research promise transformational advances.
  • Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or co-review.

Prospective PIs must receive approval to submit a proposal from at least two NSF Program Officers, in intellectually distinct programs, whose expertise is most germane to the proposal topics. Consultations with POs prior to submission are required in order to aid in determining the appropriateness of the work for consideration under the INSPIRE mechanism. Deadline: None stated.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: FY 2015 Clean Energy Technologies Funding Opportunities The directorates of Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematical and Physical Sciences are participating in clean energy technology research and education. Proposals should be submitted to the NSF program appropriate to the disciplinary area of the proposed research in accordance with the submission window and conditions of that program. Proposals are welcome from either single or multiple investigators. Interdisciplinary proposals that involve principal investigators traditionally supported by different participating divisions are encouraged.

DOE Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research DOE is seeking applications from U.S. universities, national laboratories, and industry to conduct Program Supporting (PS), Mission Supporting (MS), Program Directed (PD), and NSUF-supported nuclear energy-related research to help meet the objectives of the major NE-funded research programs. Research consortiums may be composed of diverse institutions including academia, national laboratories, non-profit research institutes, industry/utilities, and international partners. Deadline: October 2 – Pre-registration; February 19 – Application.

Allen Foundation Nutrition Grants Funding priorities: To make grants to fund relevant nutritional research; To support programs for the nutritional education and training of mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children; To assist in the training of persons to work as educators and demonstrators of good nutritional practices; To encourage the dissemination of information regarding healthful nutritional practices and habits. Deadline: December 31.

ASHP Foundation New Investigator Research Grant The proposed research must focus on the advancement of pharmacy practice models and be conducted by a pharmacist new investigator. The principal investigator must be a new researcher within 5 years of completion of his/her terminal degree or postgraduate training or have professional experience greater than 5 years and no more than 2 externally funded research projects as a principal investigator. The principal investigator must be a licensed pharmacist and multidisciplinary research teams are strongly encouraged. Deadline: October 3 – LOI; full applications by invite only.

AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science This award recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities , with a focus on interactive dialogue between the individual and a non-scientific, public audience(s). Nominee must be a scientist or engineer actively conducting research in any scientific discipline (including social sciences and medicine) in academia, government or industry. For the purposes of this award, public engagement activities are defined as the individual’s active participation in efforts to engage with the public on science- and technology-related issues and promote meaningful dialogue between science and society. Nomination deadline: October 15.

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: Dr. Scholl Foundation Dr. Scholl provides financial assistance for projects which help to “improve our world.” Much of their funding is targeted to programs or innovations which will be made available to the general public, especially disabled or disadvantaged groups. Although not inclusive, the foundation is interested in topics in the following areas: Education, Social Service, Healthcare, Civic and Cultural, and Environmental issues. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application system-wide (main campus and regional campuses must compete together).

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, September 15: Preproposals due to the EVPRP
  • Monday, September 22: Reviewer rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadline: Applications are accepted between November 1 and March 1.

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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NIH Revised Policy: Descriptions on the Use of Individual Development Plans for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers Required in Annual Progress Reports beginning on October 1, 2014

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/DEB – U.S.-Israel BSF International Opportunity

Discovery Park: Join us to discuss the future (see attachment) September 15, 11:30AM – 1:00PM; Burton D. Morgan, rm. 121. Faculty are encouraged to attend. Pizza and drinks provided so RSVP required to

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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