ENE Memo: September 14, 2015
From the Head: 9/14
ENE Research Grant Success
It is exciting to see the announcement of a various new research grants awarded to ENE faculty and their collaborators, last week, this week and hopefully more in coming weeks. The success of faculty in obtaining external funding for new discovery is what makes our research enterprise and indeed the graduate program sustainable.
The variety in the grants speaks to the eclectic nature of our research. It spans early childhood education, pre-college engineering, where young people encounter and discover engineering, through to the influence of high school on those who choose to study engineering and aspects of undergraduate engineering where students learn to engineer. We also have research underway on practice of engineering and the career pathways of engineers. We span the entire engineering lifecycle.
The different grants consider issues of diversity and inclusion, the role of formal and informal learning environments and learning pathways of students. Some are brand new areas of investigation, while others are extensions of previous work. The projects are based on a range of collaborations with colleagues in Purdue, across the state and across the country. It is especially pleasing to see the development of collaborations with colleagues in our sister engineering schools at Purdue, as this is one of our strategic targets for this year.
Some of the grants have large budgets with multiple principle investigators (PIs), while others are single PI with a correspondingly more modest budget. In an achievement focused culture, there is a tendency to want to place more emphasis on the multimillion dollar grants. Bragging rights are good. However the truth is that size only matters in so far as ensuring that the quantum of resources is adequate to successfully undertake the research. If a relatively modest budget gets the work done then that is just fine.
Growing the ENE research enterprise is vital for the future of our school. Per our strategic targets, we also need to diversify our funding sources. While all the recent grants are from a single agency, the National Science Foundation, the grants come from a variety of divisions within NSF.
Congratulations to all involved and to others whose grants will be announced in coming weeks. This success is built upon an enormous amount of thought, time and effort, followed by an anxious waiting period.
...to Matilde Sanchez Pena for being awarded the 2015 SURF Graduate Mentor award. On behalf of her advisor Joyce Main, Congratulations!
...to Monica Cardella, Sean Brophy, Tamara Moore, Senay Purzer and Morgan Hynes on being awarded a $2,044,930 grant from the NSF (DLR) titled Integrated STEM and Computing Learning in Formal and Informal Settings for Kindergarten to Grade 2 Congratulations!
...to Joyce Main on being awarded a $181,161 grant from NSF (EEC) titled Collaborative Research: Understanding the Role of High Schools in Diversifying and Promoting Undergraduate Engineering Degree Attainment. Congratulations!
...to Jennifer DeBoer, Ed Berger and Jeff Rhoads (ME) on receiving a grant for $1,400,000 from the NSF (DUE) titled Understanding and Supporting Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Student and Faculty Engagement with an Active, Blended and Collaborative (ABC) Learning Environment. Congratulations!
... to Matt Ohland, Susan Lord, Russell Long, Marissa Orr and Catherine Brawer on being awarded a $4,010,978 grant from NSF (EEC) titled Expanding Access to and Participation in the Multiple Institution Database for Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development. Congratulations!
News and Information: 9/14
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United Way Casual Days
Staff (and faculty who wish to show their support, no matter how casually they dress every day) earn the “Casual Day for United Way” sticker by donating at least $5 each week to United Way, separately from – and, we hope, in addition to – their annual contribution. Each department’s United Way representative will handle the process of collecting these donations and issuing the sticker. The sticker can be worn with casual attire on all 10 casual days during the campaign.
- September 10 (United Way Kick Off)
- September 18, 25 (Fridays)
- October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Fridays)
- November 6, 13 (Fridays)
As always, our more than 3,000 Purdue United Way donors should use their personalized pledge cards to give their annual gift. Pledge cards should be turned in with the return envelope provided and are, as always, completely confidential.
- Sept 16: ENE Advance Follow-Up, 9:30-11:30am, WANG 3501
- Sept 17: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:20pm, ARMS 1109
- Sept 19: Family Day Open House, Purdue Mall (tent will be located on raised lawn near MSEE) 12:30-2:30pm
- Sept 30: ENE Faculty Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, WANG 3501
- Sept 30: Associate Professors meet with Head, 10:30-11:30, WANG 3501
- Oct 4/5: Big Ten + Grad Expo
- Oct 12/13: Fall Break
- 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
- 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: 9/14
Selected Funding Opportunities:
NSA Mathematical Sciences Program Grants for Research in Mathematics The NSA MSP supports self-directed, unclassified research in the areas of Algebra, Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics. Awards will be made for the following types of grants: Young Investigators, Research Experiences for Undergraduates, and Conferences. Deadline: October 22
USAID BAA for Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnership (STIP) This BAA seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions to leverage the enormous potential of Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnership (STIP) to help solve humanity’s greatest challenges. Actual opportunities for funding and partnering to address development challenges will be issued as Addenda to the BAA. Deadlines vary by program.
Preproposals and rankings to the EVPRP should be e-mailed to EVPRPlimited@purdue.edu. Purdue’s open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and templates for preproposals may be found at http://www.purdue.edu/research/funding-and-grant-writing/limited-submissions.php. 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.
As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty. Please contact Sue Grimes (email@example.com), Kristyn Jewell (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Perry Kirkham (email@example.com) with any questions.