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ENE Memo: September 22, 2014

From the Head: 9/22

Priorities 2014-15: Innovative Programs

Goal 2 in our current strategic plan is to Set the Pace in Innovative Programs by offering a full suite of undergraduate and graduate programs that set the global standard in engineering education grounded in and contributing to cutting-edge scholarship and research. The transformation of engineering begins when we challenge the fundamental assumptions behind engineering education and strive to create engineering programs that: diversify engineering; (b) embed creativity, innovation, and social responsibility and (c) enrich the student experience.

Commencing last spring and accelerating over the summer, we have undergone a major series of refinements in the ENGR 131/132 sequence based on feedback from students and other evidence of the performance of these two courses. In the five years since these courses were first introduced we have made a number of improvements. However the current changes that have been implemented this fall represent the first major iteration that has taken place.

We need to remember that at the time these courses were introduced they represented a major leap forward in how our first-year students were introduced to engineering. We applied principles of active and collaborative learning in a purpose designed learning environment. We were bold and it took considerable courage to make these changes. Before Purdue had the IMPACT program, ENE had implemented active learning at scale; for 25% of all first-year students at Purdue. This change was not easy; it came at some considerable cost. But it was worth the pain. At the SEFI 2014 conference in Birmingham, UK, last Tuesday the Purdue FYE courses were called out publicly by a representative from a large European company on an Industry Panel as being an exemplar of how design and teaming can be introduced early in an engineering program. Our pioneering efforts in innovative programs are truly appreciated and lauded, globally. Now the university is interested in learning about how we "flipped" the classroom in ENGR 131/132. Thus our innovative approaches are also being recognized locally.

The current expansion in engineering at Purdue affords us an opportunity to strategically grow our BS in Multidisciplinary Engineering. This is not growth for the sake of growth but a way to infuse the inherent interdisciplinarity at the core of ENE into this program and thereby have it owned more broadly in our school. We need to begin to envision MDE 2020. I believe that our bachelor’s degrees in Multidisciplinary Engineering and Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies are uniquely placed to attract and retain a more diverse set of students to Purdue engineering. Diversity is used here to include not only traditionally underrepresented groups but also individuals from the more traditionally represent populations who do not chose engineering; for example males who have dispositions or backgrounds not typically seen in current students. Since its inception in 1969 the interdisciplinary engineering program has provided pathways for individuals who did not chose to take one of the conventional degree tracks. They have also been an incubator for new thematic areas including biomedical engineering and ecological and environmental engineering. 

A strategic priority this year is to get a graduate certificate in engineering education on the books. This program is aimed primarily at PhD students in the other engineering disciplines in Purdue. The goal is to have a significant number of future engineering faculty graduate from Purdue who have not only undertaken research in cutting edge technical areas but who also have a deep understanding of learning and teaching theory and practice and are better prepared to embark on a career as a faculty. In 30 years time, people will look back on the transformation that has taken place in engineering education nationally and point to a generation of new faculty, educated at Purdue, who were the leaders of this change. ENE has a unique opportunity to catalyze this transformation.

The ENE graduate program is ten years old in 2015. By any measure it has been an outstanding success. We have graduated over 40 alums, the program has matured, courses have evolved, new specialized courses have begun to emerge and the masters program has been activated. With this anniversary of the program around the corner and the growth in faculty numbers, it seems to be an opportune time for us to reflect on the graduate program and explore ways that we can take this first-of-type and best-in-class program to the next level. 

We have made major strides in achieving our strategic goal to set the pace in innovative educational programs; translating educational research to practice. We must build on this successful foundation to realize the full potential of ENE to contribute to the transformation of engineering education based on scholarship and research.


Calendar: 9/22

Fall 2014

  • 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 MeetingWang 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: 9/22

Safety Inspections

REM/OSHA will be conducting safety inspections of Potter and Armstrong Halls beginning today, 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.

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.


If you are available 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. We would also like ENE faculty or staff members on the Lower Level to provide tours of and/or answer questions about the i2i facilities.

Kudos: 9/22 David Radcliffe on being made a Fellow of SEFI, Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs (European Society of Engineering Education) at the annual SEFI meeting in Birmingham, UK. Very few people outside Europe receive this award and it reflects well on ENE. Monica Cardella, Sean Brophy, Senay Purzer, Morgan Hynes, Elizabeth Gajdzik and Terri Sanger for representing ENE and INSPIRE during the Wang Hall dedication festivities Friday. the ENE Preeminent Teams (represented by Monica Cardella and Matt Ohland) for the outstanding presentations they made September 4. The Lifelong Learning Access & Diversity for Broadening Participation team advanced to round two and will present its ideas to the panel October 9.

Funding Opportunities: 9/22

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.
NSF Cultural Anthropology Program  This program supports basic scientific research about the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability.  The program accepts proposals for a variety of project types: Senior Research proposals (that is, research proposals from scholars with Ph.D.s or equivalent degree); proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants; Cultural Anthropology Scholars awards (for research-related, post-Ph.D. training); and Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Grants proposals.  Deadline:  January 15.
NSF Political Science Program  The program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.  Deadline:  January 15.
DOD-DARPA Simplifying Complex in the Scientific Discovery (SIMPLEX)  DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of mathematical systems of representation and analysis as applied to complex phenomena. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Deadline:  November 6.
DOD-DARPA Space/Time Analysis for Cybersecurity (STAC)  The STAC program seeks new program analysis techniques and tools for identifying vulnerabilities related to the space and time resource usage behavior of algorithms, specifically vulnerabilities to algorithmic complexity and side channel attacks.  The STAC program seeks advances along two main performance axes: scale and speed.  Deadline:  October 28.
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:  Amgen Foundation Grants  The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education, improve quality of care and access for patients, and support resources that create sound communities where Amgen staff members live and work. The foundation considers request for funding where the purpose of the grant is to support a charitable, educational, scientific or literary purpose.  Amgen Foundation grants range from $10,000 to multi-million dollar commitments. Only one funding request is allowed per year. 
  • Internal Deadline:  Contact by September 29.
  • Sponsor Deadline:  Rotating
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:  Opportunity to Request Instrumentation Funding for Midscale Level Instrumentation in Physics Division  The Physics Division has established a special Midscale Instrumentation Fund that enables Program Officers to include an instrumentation allotment in awards beyond the level that might be feasible otherwise. This Fund does not constitute a separate program to which PIs can apply directly. Rather, anyone needing specialized equipment should request funding for that equipment as part of a regular proposal to a disciplinary program in the Division.
NSF Dear Colleague Letter:  Announcement of Intent to use Asynchronous Review Mechanism for Proposals submitted to the Physics Division
Request for Information:  Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation  The Department of Defense (DoD) wishes to consider input from Industry and Academia as part of an effort to select and scope the technology focus areas for future Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs).  DoD wishes to consider input from industry and Academia as part of an effort to select and scope the technology focus areas for future Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs). Responses due by October 10.
NASA Space Technology Research Development Demonstration and Infusion-2015  NASA will be releasing an umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion-2015 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2015)" in October 2014.
NIH Notice of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcement for Environmental Influences during Windows of Susceptibility in Breast Cancer Risk (UO1) 
NSF Major Research Instrumentation program is anticipated to release a revised solicitation in late September.
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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