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ENE Memo: September 23, 2013

From the Head: 9/23

Foundations of ENE-Part 3: Experiences of Freshman Engineering  (FrE)

As part of the lead-up to the tenth anniversary of ENE, our FrE heritage comes into sharp focus as we enter Homecoming Week.

Every engineering graduate from Purdue over the past 60 years had the foundation of their career laid down in FrE (until 2003) or more recently ENE. All 80,000 or so were impacted. They were advised, taught, inspired and encouraged by generations of caring faculty and a cadre of dedicated counselors and academics advisors.

Indeed the annual award for FYE advising, the McDowell Award, is endowed by a former FrE faculty. A list of award winners is on the plaque in the corridor between the ARMS 1300 lobby and the kitchenette (opposite the picture of Kamyar). Richard McDowell was Associate Head of Freshman Engineering in the 1980s. Reminiscences of Richard McDowell were recorded in 2002 as part of an oral history project by Purdue Libraries. His reflections can be heard here.

This coming Friday at the events to celebrate the Class of 1963 we plan to conduct an informal oral history project by inviting alumni to record recollections of their time as first-year engineers. This "vox-populi" will also be conducted with engineering alumni and current engineering students at the ENE tent on engineering mall as part of Homecoming on Saturday. Hopefully we will capture some heartfelt gems and pithy insights from the past. These will be contrasted with impressions of current freshers in 2013.

As a retro activity we could reintroduce the filing down a cube of steel! Always popular FrE activity, I believe, in earlier times.


Calendar: 9/23

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
  • Sept 30: TULIP - Design, ARMS 3001, 1:30-3pm
  • Oct 2: Faculty Meeting, ARMS 1021 9:30-10:20am
  • Oct 2: Associate Professor meet with Head, ARMS 1314, 10:30-11:20am
  • Oct 7-8: Fall Break
  • Oct 14: TULIP - Student Teams (and dealing with dysfunctionality), ARMS 3001, 1:30-3pm
  • 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 28: TULIP - Cultural Diversity in the Classroom (FYE advisor Pouneh Eftekhari, who specializes in international students, will be joining us), ARMS 3001, 1:30-3pm
  • 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 18: TULIP - Problem Solving, ARMS 3001, 1:30-3pm
  • Nov 20: Advisor-PhD Student matching, ARMS BO98B Innovation Studio 9:30-12:30 
  • Nov 28-29: Thanksgiving
  • Dec 2: TULIP - Messaging FYE Outside FYE, ARMS 3001, 1:30-3pm
  • 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: 9/23 Senay Purzer (PI) and Robin Adams (co-PI) on the $1.5M NSF grant "Large-Scale Research on Engineering Design Based on Big Learner Data Logged by a CAD Tool." ($500K is awarded to Purdue.) Story here. the First-Year Engineering Program on being among the engineering programs featured in the U.S. News 2014 Best Colleges Guide. Thanks to Michele Strutz for working with the students interviewed—and check out Eric Holloway's quotes on page 31. Story here.

News and Information: 9/23

ENE Research Seminar

...features Monica Cardella's research group this Thursday, 3:30pm, at ARMS B091.


Write Winning Grants Workshop

  • Presented by Dr. David Morrison of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC
  • November 15, 2013
  • Stewart Center, Room 302; 8:30AM-4:30PM

About This Workshop

Again this academic year, Purdue is pleased to host the highly acclaimed grant writing program facilitated by Dr. David Morrison. This workshop addresses both practical and conceptual aspects important to the proposal writing process.  This full-day (Phase I) workshop is designed for faculty and administrators who have had some exposure to writing grant applications.  Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant’s case to reviewers.

The workshop provides intensive grant writing training interspersed with specific details by agency. Participants will also choose one of four workbooks which provide agency specific grant writing tips and suggestions. The choices include:  National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, or “Any Agency”, which covers agencies other than NIH and NSF. The cost of each book is $75, except for “Any Agency” which is $70. This cost will be covered by the participant’s college.

An intensive Phase II workshop will also be available for up to 30 participants, who must be referred by their Associate Dean for Research. Participants in this program must have attended the Phase I workshop either this year or last year.  Additional information on Phase II and how to participate will be distributed at a later date.

About the Presenter

Dr. David Morrison, Ph.D. is co-founder and member of Grant Writer’s Seminars and Workshops, LLC. He received his Ph.D. from Yale in Molecular Biology and Biophysics and was a postdoctoral research fellow at National Institutes of Health and Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Morrison has held faculty positions at Scripps Research Institute, Emory University School of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, and Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City/University of Missouri-Kansas City.

To Register

Registration is required by Friday, November 1. There is no cost to participants for this workshop; however, the participant’s college will be responsible for the cost of the workbook so those registering are expected to attend.  You must attend the workshop to receive your workbook. If you register and find that you cannot attend, please contact Mary Ryker ( as soon as possible.

A buffet-style lunch will be provided.


Contact Sue Grimes ( or Mary Ryker ( if you have any questions.

Funding Opportunities: 9/23

Selected Funding Opportunities: 

NSF Alan T. Waterman Award Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award in recognition of the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. Nominees are accepted from all sources and from any field of science and engineering that NSF supports.  The award recipient will receive a medal and an invitation to the formal awards ceremony in Washington, DC. In addition, the recipient will receive a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation, at any institution of the recipient's choice.  Nominations due October 25.
Institute of Museum & Library Services Sparks! Ignition Grants   The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program is a special funding opportunity which supports projects that address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to museums and libraries. These small grants encourage museums to prototype and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide resulting in new tools, products, services, or organizational practices.  Deadline: December 2
U.S. – Israel Binational Science Foundation Research Grants  The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) promotes scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative research projects.  In 2013, the program is accepting applications in Biomedical Engineering, Health Sciences and Medicine, Life Science, and Psychology.  The Regular Research Grants program is the main program of the BSF.  The Start-Up Grant Program is meant to help newly appointed researchers who are beginning their research careers and may not yet have initial results to show for their work.  Deadline: November 12
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.
Limited Submission: NSF Innovation Corps – Regional Node Program (I-Corps Node) The NSF plans to build upon the I-Corps program and establish a National Innovation Network comprised of I-Corps Regional Nodes that will support the needs for innovation research and education. NSF is seeking to build a network of regional nodes that will work cooperatively to establish, utilize and sustain a national innovation ecosystem that further enhances the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. The interconnected nodes of this network may be diverse in research areas, resources, tools, programs, capabilities, and in geographic locations - while the network will have the flexibility to grow or reconfigure as needs arise. I-Corps Regional Nodes will foster understanding on how to: 1) identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value, 2) create and implement tools and resources that enhance our nation's innovation capacity, 3) gather, analyze, evaluate and utilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of those participating in the I-Corps program and 4) share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale - to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry. A competitive proposal must be led by an institution having an existing unit whose goal is to assist faculty, students and other academic personnel to engage in entrepreneurial activities and transition scientific and technological innovations. 
For this opportunity, Purdue may submit one application. PI must be an academic administrative lead at the level of Dean or higher. Because of the unusual characteristics of this opportunity, an effective response may require a coordinated, campus-wide effort.  Interested individuals or groups should use the attached template to indicate their interest in participating and their contribution to a unified, institution response to this RFP.
Internal deadline:   Monday, October 14 – Letters  of intent due to the OVPR. Submitters will be notified of next
steps following internal deadline for LOIs.
  • Sponsor Deadline:  April 18, 2014
Limited Submission: NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)  The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of shared research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. For the purposes of the MRI program, proposals must be for either acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single instrument or for equipment that, when combined, serves as an integrated research instrument (physical or virtual).  Instrument acquisition or development funding ranges from $100,000-$4 million and has a mandatory 30% cost share requirement. 
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 are as follows:
  • Monday, October 21: Letters of Intent due to the OVPR (please indicate acquisition or development in the title).
  • Monday, November 18: Preproposals due to the OVPR.
  • Monday, November 25: Rankings due to the OVPR.
  • Sponsor Deadline: January 23, 2014
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.
OVPR WORKSHOP:  Finding the Right Funding Opportunities and Developing Grant Proposals Writing a proposal can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task. Finding an opportunity that provides a good fit for your research takes time and, once you find a match, that blank page may make you wonder, “Where do I even begin?”   This workshop, hosted by OVPR’s Research Development Services staff, will provide you with tools and resources to help make the proposal writing process easier. Topics that will be covered include:  using Pivot and other tools to identify funding opportunities, analyzing a funding agency solicitation, understanding how the limited submission process works, building your team, developing a compelling storyline, using key strategies to organize your proposal, planning for outreach and evaluation activities, including graphics to maximize your message, accessing OVPR resources to help you, and addressing cost share.  This workshop will take place on Thursday, October 17, 11:30AM to 1:30PM in Stewart Center, room 310. Lunch will be provided so registration is required.  Deadline to register is Monday, October 14.   For more information or for questions, please contact Sue Grimes at
Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development, a joint publication from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Dept. of Education and the National Science Foundation was issued.   Additionally, NSF issued a FAQ for the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development as related to NSF projects.
NSF FAQ for NSF 13-600: FY 2014 Integrative Organismal Systems Core Program Solicitation
NSF FAQ for NSF 13-605: Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC)
NIH Request for Information on Directions and Needs for Cancer Nanotechnology Research and Development 
Deadline: November 1
NIH Request for Information: Input on the Development of a Resource/Framework to Support Interoperability
of Computational Models of Immunity  Deadline: October 11 
The September issue of Research Development and Grantwriting News is now available here:
As always, we appreciate your sharing this information with your faculty.  Please contact Sue Grimes (, Kristyn Jewell (, or Perry Kirkham ( with any questions..
To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact David Radcliffe or Lisa Tally by midday Friday for the following week's issue.