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ENE Memo: September 21, 2015

From the Head: 9/21

Preparing Students for Engineering Practice

Last Friday the Office of Professional Practice held its 6th Annual Co-Op Hall of Fame Ceremony and Luncheon. Candee Krautkramer, a longtime member of our Industrial Advisory Council (IAC), was one of the five new inductees. This honor reflects Candee’s career achievements to date and her deep commitment to co-operative education especially through her sustained efforts at Kimberly-Clark to grow the Co-op program there. Her dedication to fostering the education of engineers through work-based learning is just one of the reasons we are privileged and proud to have Candee on our IAC.

After receiving their awards, the inductees were invited to say a few words. Each spoke about different aspects of their experience with co-op education either as a student or as an employer or both. They highlighted various benefits of co-op education including: the opportunity to see engineering as it is practiced; to take on authentic projects; to learn the value of understanding the perspective of the operators in the factory, the importance of team work; being able to think like an engineer, to use very sophisticated, state of the art equipment, and to witness true leadership through experiencing senior staff interact with others.

One of inductees, Steven Perry, a senior VP at Cook Pharmica, switched his comments back to how students are prepared at Purdue. As a former co-op student who now “sits on the other side of the table” to interview students for co-op placements, he made a very telling observation; “One of great things that current engineering students have, which was not available in my day, are the 131/132 courses, Ideas to Innovation.” He went on to highlight how the focus in this course sequence on teamwork, doing projects and the development of other professional habits of mind is excellent preparation for those who apply for co-op positions.

This is an outstanding endorsement of what we set out to do when ENGR 131/132 were conceived and created back in 2007/8. An earlier Memo featured a comparable story from a recent engineering graduate who came to appreciate the real value of these courses once he commenced work in industry.

It is always heartening to receive such positive and unsolicited feedback on the research-based innovations we are making in our course offerings; further encouragement in pursuing our strategic goal to set the pace in transforming engineering education. 


Kudos: 9/21

to Carol Powell, Laurie Snyder, Suzanne Walker, Matt Ohland, Ed Berger, Allison Godwin, Mary Pilotte, Malachi Boyd (IDES student), Monica Cardella, Senay Purzer, Elizabeth Gajdzik, Terri Sanger, Emilie Siverling, Teresa Morris and David Radcliffe who assisted with the ENE Tent at Purdue Family Day on Saturday with displays for FYE, our Interdisciplinary Engineering Program, and INSPIRE. Thank you!

to Monique Ross on passing her preliminary exam and being recommended as a doctoral candidate. Congratulations, Monique!

to Matt Ohland and Jaci McNeil for on publication of Engineering faculty perspectives on the nature of quality teaching. Quality Approaches in Higher Education 6(2), 20-30.

to Joyce Main and Amanda Griffith on receiving a grant from NSF (DUE) worth $247,412 and titled An Engineer Like Me: How Perceived Similarity and Peer Effects Influence Student Major Choice. Congratulations!

to Kerrie Douglas, Heidi Diefes-Dux, Krishna Madhavan, and Peter Bermel (ECE) on receiving a PRIME grant from NSF (DGE) worth $799,543 and titled Contextualized Evaluation Framework for Advanced STEM MOOCS. Congratulations!

to Monica Cox, Joyce Main and Ebony McGee on receiving a Collaborative Research grant from NSF (DRL), worth $1,131,464 to Purdue and $354, 923 to Vanderbilt, and titled "Why We Persist: An Intersectional Study to Characterize and Examine the Experiences of Women Tenure-Track Faculty in Engineering". Congratulations!

to Krishna Madhavan, Matthew Ohland, Heidi Diefes-Dux, Michael Loui, Mihaela Vorvoreanu (PPI), and Michael Zentner (ECE) on receiving an EAGER grant from NSF (IIS) worth $300,000 and titled "BIGDATA: SMART Data – Academic Success Made Affordable, Rapid, and Timely through Integrated Data Analytics". Congratulations!

to Bill Oakes on receiving a Collaborative Research grant from NSF (DUE) worth $33,302 and titled Intellectual Diversity and Critical Thinking Skills in Service Learning Award". Congratulations!

to Taira Reid (ME) and Morgan Hynes on receiving a Research Initiation grant from NSF (EEC) worth $150,000 and titled "Transformative Approaches to Teaching User-Centered Design." Congratulations!

Calendar: 9/21

Fall 2015

  • Sept 24: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:20pm, ARMS 1109 
  • 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 7: INSPIRE Open House, 1:30-3:30pm,  WANG 3520
  • 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

Spring 2016

  • 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: 9/21

Selected Funding Opportunities:

Purdue Women’s Global Health Institute and Indiana CTSI Mildred Elizabeth Edmundson Research Grant (See attached) The Purdue Women’s Global Health Institute (WGHI) and Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) requests proposals of outstanding scientific merit addressing translational research of women’s health issues focusing on one or more of the following: wellness, neurodegenerative disorders, bone health, and women’s cancers. Proposals focusing on prevention and early detection are highly encouraged. All funded project teams are expected to gather preliminary data to submit competitive applications to external funding agencies, or to seek support from an outside organization (e.g. companies, foundations, etc.) for continuation of the research. Matching funds are encouraged. Research teams may request up to $15,000. Deadline: October 30, 2015

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Research Advances in Smart and Connected Communities Through this DCL, NSF aims to accelerate fundamental understanding and stimulate basic research on frameworks that integrate and operate on data from multiple sources and at multiple temporal and spatial scales, new sociotechnical systems that are interconnected and interdependent, and new technologies for innovative applications and services to enable more livable, workable, sustainable, and connected communities. With this DCL, NSF invites supplements to existing CISE, EHR, ENG, GEO, and SBE grants, or new EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals. Deadline: March 1

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme EVENTS (PREEVENTS) PREEVENTS is designed to

  1. Enhance understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events on various spatial and temporal scales, as well as the variability inherent in such hazards and events;
  2. Improve models of natural hazards, extreme events, and their impacts on natural, social, and economic systems; and
  3. Enable development of new tools to enhance societal preparedness and resilience against such impacts.

Through this letter, GEO welcomes proposals for research projects and/or focused workshops that would advance the goals of PREEVENTS. Deadlines vary by program.

DOD-ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) ONR's YIP seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, have begun their first appointment on or after 01 Nov 2010, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. Deadline: December 1

Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations The program is seeking innovative global health and development solutions for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Proposals are being accepted online until November 11, 2015 for the following challenges:

  • Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
  • Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
  • Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data

Gates Foundation New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing This challenge focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies. Letters of Intent due November 5; Invited proposals due February 23.

Limited Submissions:

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.

Limited Submission: NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use. Instrument acquisition or development funding ranges from $100,000-$4 million and has a mandatory 30% cost share requirement. Proposals that request funds from NSF for less than $100,000 may also be accepted for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences.

Limited Submission numbers and deadlines:
As in previous solicitations, an institution may submit no more than a total of three proposals, at least one of which must be for instrument development. Faculty from an institution may not participate in proposals led by other institutions beyond the three allowed. Therefore, Purdue West Lafayette faculty may not participate in any (funded) way in instrument acquisition or development proposals led by other institutions, including Purdue regional campuses, outside of the three proposals selected through Purdue’s limited submission process.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, November 2: Preproposals due to the EVPRP (please indicate acquisition or development in the title).
  • Monday, November 9: Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadline: January 13, 2016

Limited Submission: NSF IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (RED) This funding opportunity enables engineering and computer science departments to lead the nation by successfully achieving significant sustainable changes necessary to overcome longstanding issues in their undergraduate programs and educate inclusive communities of engineering and computer science students prepared to solve 21st-century challenges. The intent of this solicitation is to focus on significant, systemic departmental change as it impacts student success in their professional formation. Purdue is allowed to submit up to two proposals. The PI must be a department head/chair. Additionally, the RED team must include (at a minimum) an expert in engineering education or computer science education research, who can ground the research plan in the literature, and a social science expert who can evaluate department dynamics and monitor change processes. The social scientist must have expertise to advise on strategies for developing a culture of change and on strategies for creating meaningful collective ownership of the effort among faculty, students, and staff.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, October 5: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Thursday, October 15: Preproposal rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadlines: Letters of Intent due November 10; Proposals due December 15.

Limited Submission: Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists The Blavatnik Family Foundation, in partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences, is now accepting nominations for the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. The award consists of $250,000 in unrestricted funds to recognize young faculty demonstrating high-impact, innovative accomplishments in the fields of life sciences, physical sciences & engineering, and chemistry. To be eligible, candidates must meet the following requirements: have been born in 1974 or later, hold a doctorate degree (PhD, DPhil, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.), hold a faculty position, and must be currently conducting research as a principal investigator in one the following disciplinary categories: life sciences, physical sciences & engineering, or chemistry (see link for list of eligible disciplines). For this competition, Purdue may submit up to three nominations – one per category. The President’s Office is the official nominator to the foundation. Candidates will also need two letters of support from those familiar with the nominee’s scientific contributions (i.e. – department head, associate dean for research, or other individuals who currently have or previously have had a close intellectual relationship with the candidate).

Internal deadlines are as follows:

Monday, October 5: Deadline for submission of materials to EVPRP. Candidate should compile all of the documents below, in order listed, into a single PDF document and send to\

  • Clearly identify the targeted category and subcategory
  • Up to four page curriculum vitae (see attached example and follow guidelines)
  • Up to 200 words rational for nomination (why is candidate well suited for this award based on strong record of significant independent scientific contributions, early career success, and promise of sustained or accelerated progress in the future)
  • Up to 1,000 words research summary (one figure can be included and captions and citations do not count toward word limit)\
  • Up to four documents representing the candidate’s best work: publications (full-text) and/or patents (abstract). Work published during graduate or postdoc training should not be included.

Monday, October 19: Rankings due to EVPRP

Sponsor deadline: November 18

Limited Submission: USDA National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) The National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) provides asexually propagated plant material free of targeted plant pathogens and pests to protect the environment and ensure the global competitiveness of US specialty crop producers. Program priorities include:

  1. Establishing and supporting governance and related administrative activities;
  2. Promoting the introduction, diagnosis, treatment, establishment (in foundation blocks) and release of clean plant materials, both from foreign and domestic sources, for commercial development;
  3. Conducting methods development to accurately advance and test therapies, as well as establish guidelines and standards for certification maintenance;
  4. Developing partnerships with extension and outreach services (e.g. university and state departments of agriculture) to interact with commercial nurseries, industry associations and producers; and
  5. Developing and implementing best practices and quality control protocols.

Funding priority will be given to applications that focus on specialty crops, with clear work plans for developing and maintaining a comprehensive, cohesive and efficient network. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as either lead or partnering institution.

Internal deadline: Contact by September 21.

Sponsor deadline: November 18

Limited Submission: DOE SunShot Technology to Market (Incubator Round 11, SolarMat Round 4) The mission of the Solar Energy Technology Office’s Tech-to-Market sub-program is to enable the widespread market penetration of highly impactful solar technologies and solutions through technology research, development and demonstration to overcome technical, institutional and market challenges. The purpose of this funding program is to help remove barriers that are addressable by technology and business innovation. These solutions cover hardware innovation and manufacturing, software, cost-reductions throughout the value chain, and non-cost (capability) related solutions. Historically, annual funding opportunities have been separated by stage of technology development (Incubator and SolarMat). In the interest of optimizing the application and selection process, these funding opportunities have been combined into a single FOA, with the goal of bringing disruptive innovation to the solar industry in the near term that will take root in the U.S. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as Prime Applicant to each Tier (technology stage) of this FOA.

Internal deadline: Contact by September 28 stating to which tier you would like to apply.

Sponsor deadlines: Concept papers due November 18; Full applications due February 3.

Limited Submission: DOE Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms, and Modeling for Manufacturing The focus of the Manufacturing Innovation Institute being established through this FOA is Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms, and Modeling for Manufacturing, with a specific emphasis on energy intensive and energy dependent industries as well as clean energy and energy efficient product manufacturing industries. Of particular interest for this Institute is the research, development and widespread industrial adoption of technologies and solutions that can capture, share, and process in real-time the increasing amounts of information that, by enabling dramatically improved process control and operation, will enable benefits such as improved energy efficiency; equipment reliability; productivity gains; as well as related improvements in safety, quality, and yield in manufacturing processes. EERE anticipates making one award under this FOA of between $35m - $70m. The project requires at least a one-to-one cost share match. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application as Prime Applicant.

Internal deadline: Contact by September 28.

Sponsor deadlines: Concept papers due November 4; Full applications due January 29.

Limited Submission: Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (formerly known as Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative) US-India Institutional Partnership Grants The OSI enables U.S. colleges and universities and Indian counterpart institutions to pursue objectives cooperatively through exchange visits of faculty, administrators, post graduate Indian students, and U.S. graduate students who can demonstrate the ability to work independently. Thematic areas of interest are: Energy, Climate Change & Environmental Studies; Education & Educational Reform; Public Health; Sustainable Development & Community Development; and International Relations & Strategic Studies. The OSI is not designed to specifically support study abroad activities for undergraduate students but does encourage the development of education abroad programs for U.S. undergraduate students. For this opportunity, Purdue may submit only one application.

Internal deadline: Contact by September 21.

Sponsor deadline: November 2

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.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Functional Element Mapping Centers (UM1) The FOA is expected to be published in the Fall of 2015 with an expected application due date in the Winter of 2016.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Functional Element Characterization Centers (UM1) The FOA is expected to be published in the Fall of 2015 with an expected application due date in the Winter of 2016.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for Computational Analysis Research Projects (U01) The FOA is expected to be published in the Fall of 2015 with an expected application due date in the Winter of 2016.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a FOA for ENCODE Data Coordination and Analysis Center (U24) The FOA is expected to be published in the Fall of 2015 with an expected application due date in the Winter of 2016.

NIH Notice of Announcement of Public Consultation on Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid, Point-of-Care Diagnostic Test Challenge The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services intends to hold a prize competition in which up to $20 million will be made available, subject to the availability of funds, for the delivery of one or more successful rapid point-of-care diagnostics that may be used by health care providers to identify bacterial infections.


REMINDER: EVPRP Workshop: Developing Grant Proposals Writing a proposal may seem like an overwhelming and confusing task. This workshop, presented by the EVPRP grant writers, will provide you with strategies and tools to improve your grantsmanship and point you to unique resources at Purdue that can help make your grant writing process less stressful and more successful. We will cover topics such as: Where to go for help; Developing a compelling storyline; Responding to a solicitation; Identifying win differentiators; and Writing with reviewers in mind. The workshop will be held on September 22nd from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in STEW 214CD. Lunch will be provided so registration is required at the link above by tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 17th.

NSF FAQs for NSF 14-502, Coastal SEES

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals Under the US NSF/CISE/CCF – US-Israel BSF International Opportunity

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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