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ENE Memo: September 16, 2013

From the Head: 9/16

Foundations of ENE - Part 2: Freshman Engineering Leadership

Over its 50 years of existence, there were eight (8) heads of the Department of Freshman Engineering, including our own Phil Wankat, who was head from 1987-95. It is interesting to note that he was also the head of the former Division of Interdisciplinary Engineering at the time it combined with Freshman Engineering to form ENE. I believe it was Dr. Wankat's inspired idea. Having a full undergraduate program as part of ENE enabled us to be come a School just like any other discipline schools in the College. This is a critical aspect of our formation and future.     

The names and years for all the heads are listed below: 

Albert Spalding (Founding Head)


Clifford Gerde


Harold Amrine


Richard Grace


Phillip Wankat


Victor Goldschmidt


Jennifer Sinclair Curtis


Kamyar Haghighi


Of course, the last head of FrE, Kamyar Haghighi, was also the founding head of ENE.

Dr. Dick Grace endows a fund used to support the ENE Research Seminar, which can be seen in his memoir.

Again, I request that if you know of any articles on the history of Freshman Engineering or its activities, or know the whereabouts of artifacts or picture from the early days of FrE, please let Lisa Tally or me know. We are trying to build up the list of known historial sources. Later in the year we will created a picture gallery of "mug shots" for each of these heads.  


Calendar: 9/16

Fall 2013

  • Sep 25: Faculty meet to discuss Mentoring Philosophy, ARMS 1021, 9:30-11:30am
  • Sept 28: Homecoming & Family Weekend Celebrating 60 Years of FYE at Purdue
  • Oct 2: Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am
  • Oct 2: Associate Professors meet with Head, ARMS 1314, 10:30-11:20am
  • Oct 7-8: Fall Break
  • 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 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 20: Advisor-PhD Student matching, ARMS BO98B Innovation Studio 9:30-12:30
  • Nov 28-29: Thanksgiving
  • 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

Summer 2014

  • June 14: ENE Alums & Friends Reception, Indianapolis Interdisciplinary Engineering Education
  • June 15-18: ASEE Conference, Indianapolis Engineering Education Futures

Kudos: 9/16

Thank you and congratulations to Monica Cardella and Senay Purzer for a great presentation—“Do Engineers Drive Trains or Make iPods? Partnering to Promote Engineering in K-12"—at the 2013 Purdue University College of Engineering Silicon Valley Symposium on Sept 10, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. More than 50 Purdue alumni were in attendance, and there was intense interest in what ENE is doing in research on STEM education and in connection with the Next Generation Science Standards. Well done!

News and Information: 9/16

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From the University Senate…

A recap of the University Senate's meeting held Sept. 9.

President Mitch Daniels provided additional details about a range of initiatives at the West Lafayette campus that are designed to broaden Purdue's global impact and enhance educational opportunities for its students. The moves fall into four broad categories: science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leadership; world-changing research; transformative education; and affordability and accessibility. Daniels unveiled 10 initiatives targeted as priorities under these categories. More information about the initiatives can be found here.

Charlene Sullivan, associate professor of management, introduced a proposed University-wide policy that addresses clinical and professional faculty appointment and promotion. The policy also spells out requirements for contract renewals, requirements related to contract non-renewals and resignations, and professional development funds. Sullivan, who is also associate dean of undergraduate programs at Krannert School of Management, says the Senate will vote whether to endorse the policy at next month's meeting. If endorsed, the policy eventually would be brought before the Board of Trustees for approval. 

Kyle Pendergast, president of Purdue Student Government, updated the Senate on a creed the student body is developing to address diversity and inclusion on campus. Work on the creed began this summer and included an online survey to solicit students' opinions. Student government representatives recently sent out a second survey. Pendergast says the goal is to finalize the creed by Homecoming.

Eva Nodine, director of benefits in Human Resources, gave a presentation about 2014 health care plans and rates.

Groovy New Senate site:

Ten BIG Moves at Purdue outline by President Daniels

All of the moves fall into four broad categories: science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leadership; world-changing research; transformative education; and affordability and accessibility. Under these categories, Daniels unveiled 10 initiatives targeted as priorities.

* Expanding the College of Engineering. Many of the world's global challenges can be best met through the field of engineering, yet the number of U.S. engineering students is declining. Purdue plans to dramatically increase the number of faculty and students in the College of Engineering to address this issue, even beyond the five-year expansion plan already under way.

* Transforming the College of Technology. The college, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will be transformed into the Purdue Polytechnic Institute to serve as an incubator that enables innovation and encourages risk-taking. The goal is to transform the undergraduate learning experience and speed innovation with business partners to move new technologies from the lab to the real world.

* Strengthening computer science. There is a shortfall in the number of people trained to analyze and make sense of the vast amount of digital data produced in a wired world. Nearly every sector of the economy – from agriculture, to manufacturing, to retail – is increasingly reliant on "Big Data" to increase productivity. Purdue is well-positioned to recruit world-class researchers who will help provide graduates with the skills to design and use technology to achieve productivity goals and to ramp up efforts in research and with new hardware and software models to collect, analyze and disseminate data.

* Investing in drug discovery. People around the world seek relief and cures for a number of debilitating diseases – and drug discovery offers hope. At Purdue's Center for Drug Discovery, researchers are at work on more than 30 new compounds in various stages of development that hold promise to alter the course of disease. The goal is to accelerate the pace of drug discovery to move these compounds out of the lab, through commercialization and to the patient who needs it.

* Advancing plant science research. Top-ranked programs in Purdue's colleges of Agriculture and Engineering are positioned with the expertise and resources to discover ways to feed a growing world population. The goal is to find plants that offer higher yields, better nutritional value, make efficient use of water and nutrients, and can tolerate a range of environmental conditions. Purdue will place increased emphasis on research and education in plant biology and building capabilities to assess crop characteristics and performance through automated field phenotyping that will provide measurements to assess plant traits important for both research and commercialization. The work is geared toward discovering improved plants and plant products and moving them through the commercialization pipeline to the world's fields.

* Changing the way learning occurs. Purdue will apply research findings to undergraduate education in order to teach classes in ways that align with how students best learn. Part of the focus includes fewer traditional lectures and more group projects and optimizing faculty-student interaction by incorporating online and in-class components. In a redesigned general chemistry course, students performed significantly better on the American Chemical Society standardized exams and students had higher perceived levels of engagement, confidence and competence. Purdue has redesigned 62 courses based on this approach and plans to double the rate of transforming classrooms over the next three years.

* Engaging students with international experiences. Purdue has a large international student population, yet a relatively low percentage of the university's students study abroad. The goal is to double the number of Purdue students taking part in a study abroad experience, particularly those of a semester or longer, and to offer scholarships to make study abroad opportunities more cost neutral.

* Increasing success and value: Living on campus. Data shows that students living on campus have a retention rate that averaged 7.2 points greater over a 10-year period than their off-campus peers and a 10-year average GPA that is 0.15 points higher. Purdue plans to increase housing options so a majority of the student body has the opportunity to live on campus. New residence facilities would have classes taught in the residence halls, nearby faculty and adviser offices, and study areas.

* Becoming a year-round university. By providing the option to take a full slate of classes throughout the year, students would be better able to quickly and affordably advance their academic careers based on their needs and interests. Such scheduling options also would provide students greater flexibility to incorporate study abroad, internships or undergraduate research into their academic experience. A year-round academic schedule also would accelerate the time to degree completion and improve graduation rates. Purdue increased its summer enrollment by 11 percent this year.

* The value of a Purdue education. In 2013 Purdue announced a freeze on tuition and most fees and lowered costs for on-campus students for two years. The university will continue efforts to improve administrative efficiency while increasing scholarship offerings for students across a broad range of academic pursuits and financial needs with the overall goal of enhancing the value of a Purdue degree.

Funding Opportunities: 9/16

Selected Funding Opportunities

NSF Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC)  The Catalyzing New International Collaborations program supports the participation of US-based researchers and students in activities intended to catalyze new international research collaborations.  Deadline: January 22

NSF Research on Education and Learning (REAL)  The REAL program represents the substantive foci of three previous EHR programs: Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE), Research in Disabilities Education (RDE), and Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE). What is distinctive about the new REAL program is the emphasis placed on the accumulation of robust evidence to inform efforts to (a) understand, (b) build theory to explain, and (c) suggest interventions (and innovations) to address persistent challenges in STEM interest, education, learning, and participation. Letter of Intent due October 25; Proposal due January 10

NSF Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12)  The DRK-12 program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of innovative resources, models and tools.  DRK-12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of pre-K 12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has four major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; (3) Teaching; and (4) Implementation Research.  Deadline: December 6

NSF CISE Research Infrastructure: Mid-Scale Infrastructure – NSFCloud (CRI:NSFCloud)  The CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program drives discovery and learning in the computing disciplines by supporting the creation and enhancement of world-class computing research infrastructure. This Mid-scale Infrastructure - NSFCloud solicitation constitutes a track within the CRI program specifically supporting research infrastructure that enables the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures addressing emerging challenges, including real-time and high-confidence systems. Deadline: December 5

NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems  The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.  Preliminary proposals due January 17; Invited full proposals due August 1, 2014.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Joint NSF/NOAA Agreement regarding the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and related AGS  This letter announces opportunities in FY14-15 to support the translation of research supported by the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) to operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). AGS will provide support to enable the AGS research community to transition the basic research in which they are engaged to use in national operational activities at NCEP. 

DOD-ONR Naval International Cooperative Opportunities in Science and Technology (NICOP)  The NICOP Program is a mechanism to encourage international science and technology cooperation in areas of interest to the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE) by providing seed funding when the Office of Naval Research headquarters or other organizations within the NRE commit to out-year program funding.  Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

California Energy Commission Energy Innovations Small Grant Program (EISG) The Energy Innovations Small Grant Program provides funds for hardware projects and modeling projects to small businesses, non-profits, individuals and academic institutions to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts.  Current solicitations focus on Electricity, Natural Gas, and Transportation Projects.  Deadline: October 22

Indiana CTSI Opportunities  Two programs are accepting grants in October: Pilot Funding for Research Use of Core Facilities and CTSA Partnership Grant: Indiana CTSI and West Virginia CTSI.    See the website for deadlines and details.

Google Faculty Research Awards  The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world. Deadline: October 15

The Gates Foundation/Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators to apply for new grant opportunities:

  1. Grand Challenges Explorations Round 12, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions with multiple funding topics.  Deadline: November 12
  2. Achieving Healthy Growth through Agriculture and Nutrition, the first program launched through the Grand Challenges India partnership.  Deadline: October 31
  3. Records for Life: A Design Contest that Can Save Lives, an opportunity that seeks to re-examine the current child health record and design new ways to accurately track vaccine doses, increase ease of interpretation and use, and incite behavior change to make the record a valued asset for health professionals and families alike.  Deadline: October 31

Limited Submissions:

Letters of intent, preproposals, and rankings to the OVPR should be e-mailed to Purdue's open limited submission competitions, limited submission policy, and template for letters of intent may be found at For any case in which the number of internal letters of intent received is no more than the number of proposals allowed by the sponsor, the OVPR will notify the PI that an internal preproposal will be unnecessary.

Funding Resources:

The OVPR 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.  UDO lists funding opportunities here.

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