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ENE Memo: September 15, 2014

From the Head: 9/15

Priorities 2014/15: People

Goal 1 in our strategic plan is to empower our people. Empowerment is about helping members of ENE - students; professional, administrative, and clerical staff; academic advisors; and faculty - to contribute to the success of our integrated, multifaceted mission and to be leaders, advocates, and change agents over their lifetime. Empowerment rests upon a shared understanding of the vision, mission, goals, priorities, and capabilities of the School within the national and global landscape of engineering education. We are a continuous platform for members of engineering education community to engage, inform, and influence each other.

Our people priorities for this academic year (2014-15) include:

  • successfully onboard new faculty and staff
  • continue to grow faculty and staff  (number and capability)
  • strengthen our sense of common purpose conduct
  • five year review of head 
We have welcomed and oriented four new faculty. They will be involved in ongoing activities this fall and into spring as part of a year-long process of helping them become familiar with Purdue and how it operates and how they can be successful here.  We have welcomed one new secretary, welcomed Loretta back and done some restructuring of duties to meet current needs. To ensure success we will monitor these changes and make refinements as necessary. In coming weeks, we will welcome at least one new academic advisor plus new folks in the business office. 
We are continuing to grow. A search committee has been formed to hire four additional faculty. To ensure we increase in our capacity and enrich our school and not simply increase in our numbers, it is imperative that we generate a large, diverse pool of potential candidates. As we grow and become more geographically distributed between Armstrong Hall and Wang Hall (and beyond) it is imperative that we develop new ways to "come together" to work and to and celebrate being one ENE. Along these lines, we held the inaugural back to school ENE potluck just prior to BGR. We should consider other opportunities to get to know each other better. In our daily work, we need to always remember that ARMS is not the only place where ENE people work. Rather than expecting people who work in Wang to always come across busy Northwestern Ave. to ARMS, consider holding some meetings in Wang.

Given that this Wednesday (Sept 17) is US Constitution Day it is very appropriate to be talking about empowering we the people of ENE to be the best that we can be and in so doing to be excellent citizens. This Thursday (Sept 18) the people of Scotland (where I did my PhD) will decide in a referendum if they want to dissolve the union between Scotland and England formed in 1707. The essential story behind how it came to this is: When a diverse and distributed group of people work well together and benefit from each others' contributions yet a small, physically remote group feels that a dominant, central group is taking them for granted and only includes them in activities or decisions when it suits, then dissatisfaction grows, the spirit of common purpose fragments and shared benefits are put at risk. There are important lessons we can all learn from this. 

There is strength in numbers and in diversity. There are also mutual obligations.   


Calendar: 9/15

Fall 2014

  • Sept. 17: Faculty Research Conversation, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Sept. 18: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 22: REM/OSHA begin conducting safety inspections of ARMS (office self-audit)
  • 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: 9/15

Safety Inspections

REM/OSHA will be conducting safety inspections of Potter and Armstrong Halls starting on Monday, September 22nd. All parts of the buildings may be included, such as laboratories, offices, hallways, common spaces, closets and mechanical rooms. If any violations are found, the department will be issued a grace period to correct the problem before REM returns for a follow-up inspection a few weeks later.

In preparation, please perform a quick self-audit of your workspace. The office safety self-audit checklist is a great tool to use for making sure everything is in compliance.

If you have any questions, contact Patrick La Petina.

Safety Committee

The most recent meeting minutes of the Safety Committe are available HERE. One of the Departmental Action Items from the 2014 REM Recertification is for everyone to review the biweekly meeting minutes.

Lessons Learned

Monica Cox found this blog post and wanted to share it with ENE. It's title, "The One Thing That PhDs Would Do Differently in Graduate School," explains it all.


If you'd like to volunteer at the ENE table for Homecoming, please email Mike Loizzo. We will be in the atrium from 9-11am, Saturday, Sept. 27. You can stay the entire time or in 30-minute increments.

Kudos: 9/15 Brent Jesiek (PI) and Carla Zoltowski (Co-PI) on a new NSF-funded grant project "Collaborative Research: Foundations of Social and Ethical Responsibility Among Undergraduate Engineering Students: Comparing Across Time, Institutions, and Interventions." Purdue is the lead institution, with Colorado School of Mines, Brigham Young University, and Arizona State University as partner/collaborating schools on the project.

Funding Opportunities: 9/15

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.

EDA 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies Program Funding is available for capacity-building activities that include Proof of Concept Centers and Commercialization Centers as well as scaling of existing commercialization programs and centers; feasibility studies for the creation and expansion of facilities such as science and research parks; and supporting opportunities to close the funding gap for early-stage companies. This opportunity consists of three programs:

  • i6 Challenge – Based on the most impactful national models for startup creation, innovation, and commercialization. The 2014 i6 has been broadened to include growing or expanding existing centers or programs and considering funding for later-stage Commercialization Centers. Special consideration will be given to programs which include initiatives focusing on innovative manufacturing and exports. Requires a (minimum) match in cost-share.
  • Science and Research Park Development Grants – Provides funding for feasibility and planning for the construction of new or expanded science or research parks, or the renovation of existing facilities. No cost share required.
  • Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds – Provides funding for technical assistance to support feasibility, planning, formation, or launch of cluster-based seed capital funds that are offered to innovation-based, growth-oriented start-up companies in exchange for equity. Requires a (minimum) match in cost-share.

Deadline: November 3.

USDA-NIFA Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program The purpose of the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program is to provide scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training committed, eligible multicultural scholars, resulting in either baccalaureate degrees within the food and agricultural sciences disciplines or the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree. For 2014, special emphasis is placed on training that will address the changing demographics of the nation and the development of 21st century skills in USDA mission areas that include the Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences. Deadline: September 30.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations This program seeks innovative global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies. Round 14 topics include:

  • Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control
  • New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
  • New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities Through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children
  • Enable Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments
  • Explore New Ways to Measure Brain Development and Gestational Age
  • New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions
  • Deadline: November 12.

Indiana CTSI Fall 2014 Core Pilot Grants The program aims to promote the use of technologies and expertise afforded by the CTSI Core Facilities. Successful proposals will demonstrate outstanding scientific merit that can be linked to generating extramural funding or novel intellectual property (IP). Success of the program will be viewed, in part, by the fostering of new funded grants or providing significant contributions to grant renewals. Proposals will be judged with equal measure on scientific merit and the likelihood of generating new intellectual property or extramural grant support. Deadline: September 29

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

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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NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/CISE/SaTC US-Israel

NIH Request for Information: Soliciting Input for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Strategic Planning Process NIGMS has embarked on a strategic planning process to guide its decision making for the next 5 years. As a first step, Institute staff developed a draft statement of broad goals and objectives. As the Institute works on developing specific strategies and finalizing the plan, it would like comments and suggestions from scientists, scientific organizations and other interested parties.

Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions.

To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact Mike Loizzo or David Radcliffe by midday Friday for the following week's issue.