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ENE Memo: September 28, 2015

From the Head: 9/28

New Look Web Page

This Thursday (Oct 1) the College of Engineering, and hence ENE, is switching to the new look  of the Purdue web template. This change has been mandated from on high and we have to comply. Planning for this new web template began in earnest over a year ago, but progress has been spasmodic. Even as the College goes live, the official university template is already changing to yet another format, so we will see further changes over coming months.

The energy and imagination that could and should have gone into updating the actual content of the ENE web page has been consumed in recent months trying to work out how we could best conform to the new mandated template. This has been an enormous time sink for marginal, if any, gain. We will now focus on refining the web page and updating the content.

Please be patient as we work through this transition.   


Kudos: 9/28

... to Steve Hoffman for being selected to participate in the Purdue Council on Management Development Program, Class of 2016. This is a year long program of activities run out of the Office of the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer and lead by senior staff from across campus. This is an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the core administrative workings of Purdue, especially during this time of transition and change.  Congratulations!  

... to Matt Ohland on being (re)inducted into the Purdue University Teaching Academy, as a Murphy Award winner. The ceremony takes place this Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the North Ballroom of the Purdue Memorial Union. Matt was initially inducted into the Academy in 2012. Congratulations!

... to Gerhard Klimeck, Lynn Zentner, Michael Zentner, Krishna Madhavan and Michael McLennan on being awarded a grant extension worth $2.9m from NSF (EEC) for the next year of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology Cyber Platform. This is in addition to funding to date for this project of $13,799,392. Congratulations!

… to Krishna Madhavan on being awarded a grant of $40,000 from the Boeing Company for a project titled Data Analytics from the AerosPACE Program. Congratulations!

Calendar: 9/28

Fall 2015

  • 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 1: ENE Research Seminar, 3:30-4:20pm, ARMS 1109 
  • 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

News and Information: 9/28

ENE Head Search Committee Announced

Dean Jamieson has formed a search committee with the charge of making recommendations to her regarding the next head of the School of Engineering Education. The members of the committee are as follows. 

  • Anil Bajaj, Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering, Committee Chair
  • Sonja Adams, Undergraduate Student
  • Malachi Boyd, Undergraduate Student
  • Lynn Bryan, Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Jennifer DeBoer, Assistant Professor of Engineering Education
  • Heidi Diefes-Dux, Professor of Engineering Education
  • Becky Fry, Director of Development
  • Howard Gobstein, BSENE '74, Executive Vice President, APLU
  • Steve Hoffmann, Assistant Head, Engineering Education
  • Morgan Hynes, Assistant Professor of Engineering Education
  • Candee Krautkramer, BSChE '90, Research Technical Leader, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Michael Loui, Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education
  • Krishna Madhavan, Associate Professor of Engineering Education
  • Larry Nies, Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
  • William Oakes, Professor of Engineering Education and Director of EPICS
  • Chris Pekny, Interdisciplinary Engineering Program Advisor
  • Mary Pilotte, Associate Professor of Engineering Practice in Engineering Education and Director of Engineering Education Degree Programs
  • Senay Purzer, Associate Professor of Engineering Education
  • Lee Rynearson, Graduate Student

INSPIRE Open House Oct 7

INSPIRE, the Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering, is hosting an Open House on October 7 in WANG 3520 from 1:30-3:30pm.

The goal is to allow ENE folks as well as the broader campus community to learn more about the research work that they do and how they translate that research into resources that can be used by teachers, parents, museums, policy makers, etc..

All are invited to come share some snacks; network; and provide input on the toys, games and books we are evaluating for the 2015 Engineering Gift Guide (building on research that shows that these are powerful ways that children develop an interest in engineering as well as research that suggests that STEM toys/games/etc. are bought twice as frequently for boys as for girls)

Librarian-in-Residence Office Hours

Our librarian-in-residence, Amy Van Epps, is available to help ENE researchers with their questions on accessing information during her weekly office as follows;

9:30-11:30am each Wednesday. Most weeks this occurs in WANG 3500 (Commons Area).

On the third Wednesday of each month Amy is located in ARMS 1314 (Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16)

Innovation for International Development Laboratory Seminars

Time and Place: 12:00-1:30PM in WANG 2501. Lunch provided for all meetings. Please RSVP to Tami Sells (

Tuesday, September 29

  • Talk 1. John Lumkes, Practical Utility Platform (PUP)
  • Talk 2. Carol Handwerker, Sustainable Electronics: IGERT - Integrative Graduate Education, Training, and Research

Wednesday, October 14

  • Talk 1. Jennifer DeBoer, Engineering skills curriculum and digital materials for out of school youth
  • Talk 2. To be announced

Tuesday, October 27

  • Talk 1. Jun Chen, Micro-hydropower for powering rural African communities: Opportunities, challenges, and lessons
  • Talk 2. To be announced

Wednesday, November 11

  • Talk 1. Chad Jafvert & John Howarter, Medium capacity slow sand filters & Smart phone-based spectrophotometer+turbidity meter for water testing
  • Talk 2. Yuehwern Yih, Humanitarian response and supply chain management

Thursday, December 10

  • Talk 1. Jacqueline Linnes, Point-of-care detection of neonatal sepsis
  • Talk 2. Jennifer DeBoer, Engineering skills curriculum and digital materials for out of school youth


Funding Opportunities: 9/28

Selected Funding Opportunities:

Purdue University Center for Families Opportunities (See attached) The Center for Families at Purdue University works with faculty and students across campus to improve the quality of life for families and strengthen the capacity of families to provide nurturing environments for their members. To accomplish this, the CFF works with four important groups whose efforts directly impact quality of life for families: educators, human service providers, employers, and policymakers. Each year, CFF is able to support family research happening across campus. This is possible due to the generous gifts from donors. Faculty opportunities include: Kontos OR Hancook Faculty Fellowships (up to $10,000), Research Enhancement Award ($500 to support undergraduate research), the 2016 Award for Excellence in Family Research (seeking nominations), and numerous student opportunities. Deadline: December 1

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: EFRI Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) Program Awardees with active EFRI research grants may apply for supplemental funding for this Research Experience and Mentoring program. REM funding will support costs associated with bringing research participants into the laboratory over the summer to participate in research aligned with the EFRI-supported research goals. Deadline: November 13

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 Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) The PFI:BIC program supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team with at least one industry partner that has commercial revenues. These partnerships focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered smart service system with the potential to achieve transformational change in an existing service system or to spur an entirely new service system. A "smart" service system is a system capable of learning, dynamic adaptation, and decision making based upon data received, transmitted, and/or processed to improve its response to a future situation. For this competition, Purdue may submit two proposals as lead institution, preferably involving distinct application areas.

Internal deadlines:

  • Monday, October 19: Preproposals due to the EVPRP.
  • Monday, October 26: Review committee rankings due to the EVPRP.

Sponsor deadlines: Letters of Intent due December 2; Proposals due January 27.

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.

NSF will soon publish a new Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) solicitation that will support the following topics: Advancing Communication Quantum Information Research in Engineering (ACQUIRE) and New Light and Acoustic Wave Propagation: Breaking reciprocity and time-reversal symmetry (NewLAW).


EVPRP Event: Faculty and staff are invited to the second biennial Education and Outreach Expo held in Stewart Center on October 6th from 12:30 – 2:30pm (see attached flyer). “Today’s highly competitive funding environment demands that Purdue faculty have innovative and compelling educational components as well as outstanding science,” says Jeff Bolin, associate vice president for research. “Our office is pleased to sponsor the Expo as a way to energize these critical potential partnerships.” Faculty and staff can visit Expo booths and talk informally with representatives of campus programs that could serve as outreach and education partners. Grant writers from the Office of Research and Partnerships and PreAward Center specialists will also be on hand to answer questions on proposal preparations and submissions. All are welcome to drop by booths at any point during the two-hour Expo. For more information, contact Sally Bond at or Sue Grimes at

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

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