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December 2006

Greetings from Engineering Education!

The Department of Engineering Education is moving out of start-up mode and making great strides toward reaching our broad strategic initiatives. Here are just some of the highlights from the past year.

  • ENE is driving and shaping the national dialogue on engineering education. Seven ENE faculty members participated in the Steering Committee of the National Engineering Education Research Colloquies (EERC). The colloquies were designed to develop a national research framework and agenda to conduct engineering education research. Three colloquies were held and five research areas for the new discipline of engineering education have been defined. We believe these research areas will support a rigorous transformation of our engineering education system and, thus, better prepare our graduates to be leaders in addressing societal challenges.
  • In March, a Purdue alumnus Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. granted $1 million, renewable for up to four years, to expand ENE's educational research efforts to foster an interest in science and engineering in P-12 classrooms. In spring, we launched the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning (INSPIRE) to help educators investigate how students learn and to instill a desire in students to study engineering from elementary through high school. This information will help prepare and place engineering teachers in P-12 classrooms; increase classroom activities that build science, technology, engineering and math skills; and ultimately to increase the numbers and diversity of students majoring in engineering disciplines at the university level. The first Summer Academy and Bechtel Fellows Program were held in summer 2006, bringing teachers from across the nation to Purdue to develop engineering curricula to take back to their classrooms. In addition, seed grants have been awarded to Purdue researchers to help them explore how to foster understanding and lifelong interest in engineering and science concepts by youngsters and teachers.
  • This fall, we welcomed five new faculty members to ENE: Demetra Evangelou, Matthew Ohland,Teri Reed-Rhoads, Karl Smith and Ruth Streveler. In addition, we welcomed Kirk Allen, Postdoctoral Research Associate; three new academic advisors, Kristin Deckard,Lindsay Haughland, and Steve Woods; Macon Beck, P-12 Outreach Coordinator;Ishbah Cox, Recruitment Coordinator;Russell Long, Director of Project Assessment; Patti Blackburn, Graduate Program Coordinator; and Karen Ferry, Secretary. We said a fond farewell to John Gaunt, former associate head of ENE, who retired in May. He will continue collaborations with us as professor emeritus of ENE.
  • We welcomed the class of 2010 to the First-Year Engineering Program. A record-breaking 1,755 beginners joined us in the fall, bringing the total number of students in the First-Year Engineering Program to 2,613.
  • We look forward to our move to the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering in 2007. The move to new state-of-the-art team learning modules will enable us to redesign ENGR 126 and introduce engineering, design, and authentic learning experiences in the first year. The new facility will also enable us to unite our faculty, staff, and graduate students--a cohort that has nearly doubled in size since we founded the department in 2004.

I thank you for your support of Engineering Education over this past year and encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions on how we can continue growing this new enterprise.

Warm Regards,
Kamyar Haghighi
Head, Engineering Education
Office: 212 ENAD
Tel: (765) 494-3884

Graduate Programs

ENE graduates first doctoral student in engineering education, welcomes a second class of graduate students to the program, and celebrates student honors and achievements.

First Purdue Engineering Education Doctoral Student Graduates

Tamara Moore received a doctoral degree in engineering education and earned the outstanding graduate student award for engineering education in spring 2006.

New Cohort of Students Enters Graduate Programs

ENE welcomed its second class of graduate students in fall 2006. A total of sixteen graduate students are now enrolled in the programs, including seven women and five minorities.

Graduate Student Awards and Honors

Jeremy Noonan was a panelist at the 2006 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition main plenary. The topic of discussion was "Advancing Scholarship in Engineering Education: Launching a Year of Dialogue."

Jien-Jou Lin, Euridice Oware, Tamara Moore, and Matthew Verleger received the Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Matthew Verleger became Associate Fellow of the Teaching Academy, Purdue University.

Carla Zoltowski won the College of Engineering Leadership Award of Excellence.

Honors and Awards

Congratulations to the following ENE faculty and staff receiving awards and honors for their achievements.

Deb Arihood – 10-Year Service Anniversary

Beth Burnett – Richard W. McDowell Best Counselor Award in ENE, Spring 2006

Monica Cox – NAE/CASEE New Faculty Fellow, Purdue University Teaching for Tomorrow Award

Margo Denner – College of Engineering New Employee Award of Excellence

Cathy Elwell – 15-Year Service Anniversary

Bill Oakes – Campus Compact's 2006 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning; Dean A.A. Potter Award, Spring 2006; College of Engineering Engagement/Service Award of Excellence, Spring 2006

Ruth Streveler – Helen Plants Award (Frontiers in Education Conference)

Korina Wilbert and Cathy Swick – Gold Addy, Direct Mail Category, North Central Advertising Federation

Important Dates

April 2007

April 27: Engineering Education Advisory Council Meeting, Dauch Alumni Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

June 2007

June 24 – 27: ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Note: ENE faculty and staff can consult the shared ENE Departmental Calendar for faculty and staff meetings and other routine departmental events.

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