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ENE Memo: September 26, 2011

From the Head - 9/26

Paying attention

Last Tuesday the annual Purdue Engineer of 2020 Workshop drew attention to the need to eliminate hazards and minimize risks to workers throughout the life cycle of work premises, tools, equipment, machinery, use, maintenance and ultimate disposal or reuse. This is part of a nationwide initiative by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention called Prevention through Design (PtD). The PtD initiative is developing resources for engineering education and there are opportunities to contribute additional materials to these. As part of PtD, there is a very intriguing thrust on “green, safe, health jobs” which deserves our attention.

In the spirit of the vision and mission of ENE, the challenge for us is to actively explore how best to incorporate PtD thinking in each of our programs; first-year engineering, interdisciplinary engineering and the PhD program and in our work. PtD might be considered part of user centered-design, where we consider everyone who comes into contact with something we design, at any point during its life cycle, as a user. The PtD initiative is basically about being attentive to others by giving due consideration to the potential impact of our engineering decisions.

Equally, in our daily interactions at work, we should give full attention and consideration to others. One of the 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct in Forni’s book on Choosing Civility is, pay attention. Quoting from this chapter:

Without attention, no meaningful interaction is possible. Our first responsibility, when we are with others, is to pay attention, to attend to. Etymology tells us that attention has to do with "turning toward", "extending toward", "stretching". Thus attention is a tension connecting us to the world around us. Only after we notice the world can we begin to care for it. Every act of kindness is, first of all, an act of attention…

…When we pay attention we do justice to the presence of others in our lives. Attention entails a transcending of the self. Through it we confer value upon the lives of others. When I show you that you are worthy of my attention, I am acknowledging and honoring your worth…Attention looks two ways; outward and inward. As it checks the world it checks our souls.

We are all very busy and at times we all get so focused on our perspective or on what we are doing that we fail to give sufficient attention to others; to honor their physical presence with our full attention. Cell phones, laptops and pressing deadlines often create an unnecessary attention barrier between us, even when we share the same space.

– David

News and Information - 9/26

ENE Research Seminar


Jeremi London, ENE graduate student

Title Exploring Cyberlearning Through an NSF Lens
Details 3:30-4:20pm, Thursday, Sept. 29,  Forney Hall, Room G124

Conflicts of Commitment and Reportable Outside Activities and Individual Financial Conflicts

You received a reminder related to reporting Conflicts of Commitment and Reportable Outside Activities and Individual Financial Conflicts of Interest via Purdue Today over the summer.  Please note that major revisions have been made to these policies that became effective July 1, 2011.  

According to the new Conflicts of Commitment and Reportable Outside Activities Policy, approval of the requests will occur in the college. In the College of Engineering (CoE), approval will include that of the school/division head or director. For this purpose, approval requests will require that a cover page  be appended to indicate school or unit recommendation.  This cover page is available at the following link and is on the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) website:

CoE Reportable Outside Activity Cover Page

College of Engineering Employees will complete Part I of the cover page, attach it to their Purdue University Reportable Outside Activities Form , and then submit the package for review to the corresponding school/division heads or directors.  After a recommendation has been made at the school, division or unit level, the package should be directed to the CoE Office of Academic Affairs, ARMS 2000, or electronically to

Individual Financial Conflicts of Interest DO NOT need to be submitted anymore to the college for approval and should be submitted as indicated by Individual Financial Conflicts of Interest Policy.

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Independence or National Days

Calendar - 9/26

  • Tuesday, Sept. 27: Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30 (POTR 234 - Fu Room)
  • Thursday, Sept. 29: ENE seminar: Exploring Cyberlearning Through an NSF Lens. Jeremi London. (FRNY G124)
  • Tuesday,  Oct. 4: Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30 (ARMS 1021)
  • Thursday, Oct. 6: ENE seminar: Into the Matrix: Gender, Race and Class in Engineering Education. Lorie Groll. (FRNY G124)
  • Wed/Thurs, Oct. 19-20: Grad Recruitment Open House
  • Thursday, Oct. 20: ENE seminar: Learning From Authentic Mathematical Modeling Experiences for First-Year Engineering Students. Dr. Heidi Diefes-Dux. (FRNY G124)
  • Thursday, Oct. 20: Science on Tap: 50th Anniversary of Spaceflight: Lessons for Tomorrow
  • Saturday, Oct. 22:  Homecoming (booth in ARMS atrium); tours and refreshments in i2i
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30  (POTR 234 - Fu Room)
  • Thursday, Oct. 27: ENE seminar: Blocks and Stickers: Rethinking the where and how of Learning to Program. Dr. Michael Horn. (FRNY G124)
  • Thursday, Nov. 3: ENE seminar: Dr. Robin Adams. (FRNY G124)
  • Thursday, Nov 10: It Takes A Team: Reflections at the 50th Anniversary of Human Spaceflight. 3:30-5:00pm. This event is a prelude to the ENE Industrial Advisory Board meeting.
  • Friday, Nov 11: ENE Industrial Advisory Council Meeting  
  • Thursday, Nov. 17: ENE seminar: Expertise and Adoption: Preliminary Classification of Elementary Teachers' Integration of Engineering. Dr. Johannes Strobel. (FRNY G124)
  • Mon/Tues, Nov. 21-22: Site Visit by External Review Committee
  • Thursday, Dec. 1: ENE seminar:  Dr. Larry Shuman. (FRNY G124)

Kudos - 9/26 Monica Cox. She will participate today (Monday, Sept 26) at an event at the White House for the announcement of New Workplace Flexibility Policies to Support America's Scientists and their Families, serving on a panel that also includes Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director of the Counsel on Women and Girls; Dr. Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor, University of California – Berkeley; and Dr. Catherine Hunt, R&D Director, The DOW Chemical Company. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Subra Suresh, Director, National Science Foundation. See at 4pm [UPDATED from original posting, which said 3:30pm]. Krishna Madhavan (PI) on the $3.034 million NSF grant "Collaborative Research: Deep Insights Anytime, Anywhere (DIA2)—Central Resource for Characterizing the TUES Portfolio through Interactive Knowledge Mining and Visualizations." The grant is awarded jointly to Purdue (details here), Virginia Tech (details here), Arizona State (details here), and Stanford (details here). Purdue co-PIs are Mihaela Vorvoreanu (College of Technology, CGT) and Niklas Elmqvist (ECE). Information on TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is available here. Krishna Madhavan on a $160,000 supplement to his CAREER grant funded jointly by three NSF Divisions: EEC, EHR, and CI Reuse Innovation Program. This shows the cross-cutting nature of his work. This brings the total value of his CAREER to $637,231.


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