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ENE Memo: September 8, 2014

From the Head: 9/8

ENE Strategic Compass

The current ENE Strategic Plan runs 2009-2014, so we need to renew it. Over the past year or so, I have proposed on several occasions that rather than engaging in another mammoth strategic planning exercise like the one we went through from fall 2007 to spring 2009, we simply reaffirm the essence of the current plan (vision, mission, major goals) and update as necessary. I have suggested that this new guiding statement be called the ENE Strategic Compass.

Following this line of reasoning, below is a draft of a possible Strategic Compass, with the words drawn directly from the current plan with a few edits, updates and additions. In addition, I have turned the value statement into a set of behaviors. I seek your thoughts on this draft as a basis for how we effectively and efficiently plan our future over the next five years or so. 

The School of Engineering Education (ENE) envisions a more inclusive, socially connected and scholarly engineering education. This implies that we radically rethink the boundaries of engineering and the purpose of engineering education.

In pursuit of this vision, the mission of the School of Engineering Education is to transform engineering education based on scholarship and research.

The behaviors we value and expect are:

  • being inclusive, collegial, and mutually supportive;
  • acting with integrity, courage and respect and building trust;
  • achieving professional and personal satisfaction;
  • being socially conscious in what we do and how we do it;
  • thinking strategically and striving for excellence;
  • being accountable.

Above all else, we seek to put Students First in all we do.

To achieve our mission we have four goals

1.     Empower our people: Empower all members of the School (students; professional, administrative, and clerical staff; academic advisors; and faculty) to contribute to the success of our integrated, multifaceted mission and to be leaders, advocates, and change agents over their lifetime. Empowerment rests upon a shared understanding of the vision, mission, goals, priorities, and capabilities of the School within the national and global landscape of engineering education. We are a continuous platform for members of engineering education community to engage, inform, and influence each other.

2.     Set the pace (in innovative programs): Offer 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:

a)    Diversify engineering: Open up engineering to a more diverse range of people by making their first experience of engineering (from Pre-College to 16) the most rewarding it can be;

b)    Embed creativity, innovation, and social responsibility: Create an understanding of the essential nature of engineering as creative and as contributing to a better world; and

c)     Enrich the student experience: Determine what information, advice, preparation, pedagogies, and learning experiences attract, retain, and grow global engineers.

3.     Tackle the big (research) questions: Create a world-renowned interdisciplinary research concentration at Purdue that addresses the big questions and challenges facing STEM education, with particular emphasis on engineering. Use our unique infrastructure and capability to be a pathfinder based on systematic research, policy development, and assessment. Reshape the research agenda by asking questions that challenge fundamental assumptions about engineering education across both the span of life and the different modes of participation in engineering. Influence the direction of and resource allocation for engineering education scholarship nationally and internationally.

4.     Grow the (broader engineering education research and innovation) community: Identify and build strategic global partnerships and collaborations to elevate our research capabilities and those of the wider engineering education community, while simultaneously facilitating the sharing of experiences across the global community of engineering education scholars.

Each goal is accomplished progressively via a rolling set of initiatives. At the ENE Advance each May, we review current initiatives and initiate new ones as needed and set specific priorities and targets over three horizons; one year, three years and five years.

I will expand the concept of three horizon thinking in a future memo.


Calendar: 9/8

Fall 2014

  • Sept. 10: Faculty Meeting, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Sept. 10: TULIP, "Learning from Assessments Based on Learning Objectives," ARMS B098B, 1:30-3:00pm
  • Sept. 11: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • Sept. 12: Faculty Colloquium Series: Dean Leah Jamieson, "From Recognizing Speech to Speaking Out: An Unexpected Journey" ARMS 1103, 3:30 (reception at 4:30)
  • Sept. 17: Faculty Research Conversation, ARMS B098B, 9:30-11:20am
  • Sept. 18: ENE Research Seminar, ARMS B071, 3:30-4:20pm
  • 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 Meeting, Wang 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: 9/8

Luncheon : New Research Data Depot

ITaP will hold a faculty luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 16, to talk about the new Research Data Depot storage service, available now to any Purdue researcher in need of a high-capacity central solution for safely storing large, active research data sets and sharing them with collaborators on and off campus. The meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142, also will touch on Purdue’s next research supercomputer. More information: Questions:

Industrial RoundTable 

IR Company Seminars: Sept. 15th, 10:30am-5:30pm; Stewart Center
IR Career Fair: Sept. 16th-17th, 9:30am-4:30pm; Memorial Mall

Latino Cultural Center Open House

Student, faculty and staff are invited to the LCC open house and kickoff for Latino Heritage Month. Students can meet with Latino-based student organizations and campus departments. Guest speaker:  Carolyn Curiel, clinical professor of communication and executive director of the Purdue Institute for Civic Communication. 4-6 p.m. LCC. URL:


Kudos: 9/8

… to the two ENE led teams in the College of Engineering Preeminent Teams Pitch Competition (Round One); Smart Data in Learning (presented by Matt Ohland) and Lifelong Engineering Access & Diversity for Broadening Participation (presented by Monica Cardella)

… to all the Family Day volunteers; Mike Loizzo, Billi Jennings, Nate Thomas, Sarah Allard, Morgan Hynes, Alice Pawley, Matt Ohland, Allison Godwin, Jennifer DeBoer, Sean Brophy, Monica Cardella and David Radcliffe. On behalf of the FYE students and their parents, thank you! The parents were VERY impressed at the time and effort that was put in so that they could meet the faculty and staff who are helping their daughter or son in the transition into college and engineering.

Funding Opportunities: 9/8

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 Sociology Program – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization—societies, institutions, groups and demography—and processes of individual and institutional change. The program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. The program provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities when the dissertation research is conducted in a scientifically sound manner and it offers strong potential for enhancing more general scientific knowledge. DDRI proposals must be submitted with a principal investigator (PI) and a co-principal investigator (co-PI). The PI must be the advisor of the doctoral student or another faculty member at the U.S. university where the doctoral student is enrolled. Deadline: November 25.

NIH Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility (R25) The over-arching goal of this NIH R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nations biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs and foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on developing courses for skills development, specifically, training modules for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and beginning investigators designed to enhance data reproducibility. Deadline: November 20.

DOD-DARPA Atoms to Product (A2P) DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of processes and technology for assembly of systems, components, and materials at millimeter scale or larger from nanometer scale constituents. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Deadline: November 12.

Google Faculty Research Awards The intent of the Google Research Awards is to support cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. Faculty members can apply for up to 150,000 USD in eligible expenses, but actual award amounts are frequently less than the full amount requested. Most awards are funded at the amount needed to support basic expenses for one graduate student for one year. Deadline: October 15.

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: NSF Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure 2015-2019 (NHERI) This solicitation replaces the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations (NEES Ops) solicitation. NHERI will be a distributed, multi-user, national facility to provide the natural hazards engineering community with access to research infrastructure (earthquake and wind engineering experimental facilities, cyberinfrastructure, computational modeling and simulation tools, and research data), coupled with education and community outreach activities. NHERI will enable research and educational advances that can contribute knowledge and innovation for the nation's civil infrastructure and communities to prevent natural hazard events from becoming societal disasters. NHERI will consist of the following components: Network Coordination Office, Cyberinfrastructure, Computational Modeling and Simulation Center, and Experimental Facilities for earthquake engineering and wind engineering research. Awardees will not conduct research under their awards. The primary research enabled by NHERI will be conducted by investigators supported through separate NSF awards. Organizations are allowed to submit up to two proposals as lead but only one proposal may be submitted per category.

  • Internal deadlines: Contact by Monday, September 15. Identify which of the four categories is of interest.
  • Agency deadline: November 6 – LOI (required); December 3 – Proposal.

Limited Submission: Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI) – 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. Only one submission is allowed per institution.

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: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/DEB – UK NERC Lead Agency Opportunity

DOE Request for Information: Specific Clean Energy Manufacturing Focus Areas Suitable for a Manufacturing Innovation Institute

DOE New Data Management Plan Requirement All proposals submitted in response to DOE solicitations issued on or after October 1, 2014 must include a Data Management Plan (DMP).

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