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ENE Memo: September 5, 2011

From the Head

A Safe Place to Be

Our school should be a safe place to be. Every person should expect to be able to come to work and return home safely each day. We take occupational health and safety very seriously in ENE and this is reflected in the updated safety page found under Quick Links on the school’s web site. Details are outlined in the News and Information section below. Please read this carefully and take appropriate action. We should also expect the workplace to be secure in terms of our personal safety and not be afraid to go about our business. If for any reason you feel your personal safety is threatened please report this immediately. We must not tolerate any inappropriate behavior.

But safety has broader dimensions. Building on the two challenges I set forth in the August 29 ENE Memo – imaginative research conversations and being considerate in all our interactions – we can consider these in terms of intellectual and social safety. If we are to have authentic research conversations, based on our school being a safe intellectual place we must be inclusive, pay attention, acknowledge others and think the best of them. We should be prepared to listen, speak kindly and don’t speak ill of others as well as accept and give constructive criticism. In other words deep conversations are enhanced by considerate behavior. All these examples of ways of being in community listed above in italics are amongst the twenty five rules of considerate behavior in Pier Forni’s 2002 book, Choosing Civility. I highly recommend this book and in future weeks I plan to expand on a number of his ideas.  

A safe place - safe in all its many facets - is a necessary condition for us to be the best that we can be. It is foundational to our continued success; to us achieving our mission as part of our broader vision for a new engineering education as set out in our strategic plan.

I hope this has been a relaxing Labor Day weekend for you following the hectic start to the semester.

 - David

News and Information

New ENE Safety Web Site

Eric Holloway has created a new ENE Safety web site located at You can also find it on “Quick Links” on the ENE home page. This website contains a lot of useful safety information, such as details on Office Safety, Lab Safety, Classroom Safety, Emergency Procedure, and other helpful information.

A few other safety-related items to please be aware of as the semester is under way:

  1. The ENE Safety Committee will be starting its yearly audit of all ENE spaces in late September thru October, as our School is due to be re-indemnified in November 2011. To prepare your office/area for the audit, please refer to the Office Safety Self Audit check list found on the ENE Safety web site.
  2. The College of Engineering has now implemented a “Lessons Learned” program. A “Lesson Learned” (also known as a “near-miss” in the corporate setting) is an event that may have resulted in personal injury, equipment damage, or reduction in system integrity — but DID NOT occur. If you are involved in or witness a “Lessons Learned” event, you are encouraged to anonymously submit an on-line form to report the event at (there is also a link from the ENE Safety web site). The Lessons Learned form is designed to help Schools and the College of Engineering prevent accidents by alerting safety committee members to potential issues.

As always, if you have any safety concerns that you notice, please inform Eric Holloway or another member of the Safety Committee.

2011 Purdue Conference for Pre-Tenure Women

Take charge of your career by attending the second annual Purdue Conference for Pre-Tenure Women, September 22-23, 2011

  • Sara Laschever, author, speaker, and researcher on women’s life and career obstacles
  • Mary Dankoski, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, Vice Chair for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Department of Family Medicine, Lester D. Bibler Scholar and Associate Professor of Family Medicine
  • Caroline S. Turner, Professor, California State University, Sacramento, Professor Emerita, Arizona State University

ENE Graduate Student Association Fundraiser

Tuesday, Sept. 6, our ENE Graduate Student Association kicks off a series of monthly fundraisers by selling Coldstone ice cream on Centennial Mall (just south of the bell tower) from 11am to 4pm. Only $2 a scoop!

Seeking 5 Students Who Are Change Makers

Purdue Marketing & Media is seeking "5 Students Who Are Change Makers"—students whose creativity, motivation and hard work have resulted in inspiring changes for the better. These are students who have initiated and/or completed changes at Purdue, among their peers, in their home communities, or anywhere in the world. And because Veterans Day is in November (when this web feature will run), M&M urges you to nominate students who are veterans who have been change makers as they have served their country, or at any other time. To nominate a student you know (feel free to repeat a nomination for someone who may not have been chosen from a previous nomination), please visit this link:

ENE Research Seminar


Dr. Corinne Zimmerman
Department of Psychology, Illinois State University

Title "You Have to Tell the Robot What to Do": Children's Conceptions of Robots Before and After Technology Instruction"
Details 3:30-4:20pm,Thursday, Sept. 8, Forney Hall, Room G124

Reminder: Participation Sought

Class of 1961 Alumni Reception (Friday, Sept 16, 10 – 11:30am, Armstrong Hall)
We'll be hosting a reception with coffee and rolls in the area outside of ARMS 1300, where visitors will gather for i2i tours. We need faculty and staff volunteers to take 30-minute shifts (10-10:30, 10:30-11, 11-11:30) to chat with visitors. Please contact Becky Fry to volunteer.

Family Day (Saturday, Sept 17, 9-11am, Engineering Mall and i2i)
ENE will have an informational booth set up in the Engineering Mall for students and families and will be offering tours of the i2i lab. We need faculty and FYE advisors to take one-hour shifts to answer questions about the First-Year Engineering program. Please contact Becky Fry to volunteer.

ASEE 2012 Call for Papers

Abstract submission for the 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition being held in San Antonio, Texas on June 10-13, 2012 will be opening on September 5, 2011! The Call for Papers for the various divisions are now available on our website at Last year we launched Monolith (the paper management system) and the system has proven to be user friendly while providing a more efficient submission process. The system also maintains membership records and processes registration and proceedings fees.

The 2012 Annual Conference Author's Kit has extremely important information regarding the submission process as well as all relevant deadline dates and is also available now on our website at In order to ensure that all papers are processed in a timely manner, all authors are responsible for meeting all deadlines and requirements, so please be sure to read the Author's Kit and refer to it whenever necessary.

OVPR Workshops on NIH

The OVPR is hosting a series of three luncheon workshops designed to address various aspects of developing proposals to the National Institutes of Health. Perry Kirkham, project coordinator in the OVPR and former NIH program officer, is the principal presenter for these workshops.

The first of these workshops, NIH Overview: Institute/Center Mission and Strategies, is scheduled for September 20, 11:30AM-1:00PM, in Stewart Center, room 202. This workshop will provide an overview and an update on the various institutions of the NIH. Knowledge and familiarity with NIH institutes can be a tremendous advantage during the writing, submission and post-review phases of your submission. We will address the individual missions and plans, as well as possible funding mechanisms and positioning yourself for a successful NIH-funding career.



  • Tuesday, Sept. 6:  Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30 (ARMS 1021)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6:  ENE Grad Student Association fundraiser (Coldstone ice cream): Centennial Mall, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 8:  "You Have to Tell the Robot What to Do": Children's Conceptions of Robots Before and After Technology Instruction, 3:30-4:30 (FRNY G124). [See all fall research seminars.]
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13:  Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30 (POTR 234 - Fu Room)
  • Friday, Sept. 16:   ENE reception and tours of i2i Class of '61
  • Saturday, Sept. 17:  Family Day (tent outside MSEE); tours of i2i
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20:  Purdue Engineer of 2020 Workshop: Designing a Safer Tomorrow
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27:  Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30 (POTR 234 - Fu Room)
  • Tuesday,  Oct. 4:  Faculty Meeting 1:30-2:30 (ARMS 1021)
  • Wed/Thurs, Oct. 19-20:  Grad Recruitment Open House
  • 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, Nov. 10:  It Takes A Team. 3:30-5:00pm.  A Celebration of 50 Years of Human Space Flight.
  • Friday, Nov. 11: Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council
  • Mon/Tues, Nov. 21-22:  Site Visit by External Review Committee

Kudos Brie Dorie: Brie was chosen as one of Purdue's "5 Students Who Are Green Makers" for her commitment to the environment. Daphne Duncan, Heidi Diefes-Dux, Marcia Gentry, published a paper “Professional Development Through Engineering Academies: An Examination of Elementary Teachers’ Recognition and Understanding of Engineering”, in the Journal of Engineering Education July 2011, Vol. 100, No. 3, pp. 520–539. Xiang Gong for his easy going style, for his insights into our programs and for giving us a glimpse of China (including the infamous Bejing Ring Roads). He returned to China to Beihang University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing on Thursday to finish & defend his dissertation related to development of engineering students' leadership skills. Now he is back "Home on the Range" in China.

To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact David Radcliffe or Lisa Tally by midday Friday for the following week's issue.