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Fall 2013

10th-Anniversary Video Celebrates ENE's Mission and Impact

The School of Engineering Education celebrates its 10th anniversary during the 2013-14 academic year.

10th anniversary logo Highlighting our mission and impact is a 13-minute video titled Transforming Engineering Education Through Scholarship and Research, featuring faculty, students, and staff. Purdue engineering alumnus Mike Gray created the video (available here), which had its public premiere at our annual Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium in November.

IDE/MDE Recognitions Grace Wall in Armstrong Hall

Armstrong Hall's main corridor, outside ENE's main offices, now sports new artwork featuring real IDE/MDE students, as well as new plaques recognizing Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Engineering alumni and student awards. Take a look, and stop by to see for yourself next time you're on campus:

IDE wall graphic

Below, Eric (BSIDE'76) and Emily Schmidt, and Paul Cloyd (BSIDE'76) and Joan Bolduc, find Eric and Paul's listings as Outstanding Alumni Award recipients.

Cloyds and Smiths

Here, Howard Gobstein (BSIDE'74), Mary Smith (BSIDE'74), Rich Le Sesne (BSIDE'74, and Rick Kosdrosky (BSIDE'76)—all Outstanding Alumni Award recipients—find their listings as well.

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Welcome to Four New Faculty Members

Tamara Moore, Morgan Hynes, Joyce Main, and Mary Pilotte have joined the School of Engineering Education--the largest group of new faculty to start at one time since 2007.

Tamara Moore (Associate Professor) comes to the School of Engineering Education from the University of Minnesota, where she specialized in Mathematics/Engineering Education and served as executive co-director of the STEM Education Center for the College of Education and Human Development. She is also an ENE alumna, the first doctoral graduate of the School of Engineering Education.


Morgan Hynes (Assistant Professor) joins us from Arizona State University, where he was a faculty research associate. He had been at Tufts University before that, as a research assistant professor. He conducts K-16 engineering and design research, including the use of engineering to integrate academic subjects in the classroom.



Joyce Main (Assistant Professor) is deeply familiar with ENE, having taught in our First-Year Engineering Program for the past few years as visiting faculty before joining us on a permanent basis. An expert in higher education policy and administration, she combines perspectives from education, sociology, and organizational behavior in research on diversity in the academy and on student academic and employment success in science and engineering. 

Mary Pilotte (Associate Professor of Practice), another alumna of our doctoral program, brings years of industrial practice and research-based theory into the First-Year Engineering Program, where she incorporates real-world industry design problems into the classroom.

Announcing the ENE Explorer Fellowships

The School of Engineering Education is establishing merit-based fellowships to help smooth the transition of new graduate students into our PhD program.

In a conventional graduate program in engineering, students enter with a good understanding of the discipline. For example, a typical student who decides to do a PhD in mechanical engineering has a background in the discipline by having done a BS and maybe an MS in mechanical engineering.

For the brand-new discipline of engineering education, entering students don't have this same familiarity with what rigorous research in the field entails. Fundamentally, we ask, “How do young people from pre-kindergarten through K-12 schools and their families discover and choose engineering; how do students in college learn to become engineers and how do engineers in industry develop deep expertise?” This research is about understanding why so few people choose careers in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math); why are women and other groups of people so underrepresented in the ranks of engineering and how can we educate future engineers to tackle global grand challenges. This work is central to maintaining the technological preeminence of the U.S. in an increasingly competitive global economy.

To give students entering our PhD program an opportunity to explore this emerging field, engineering education research, and funding opportunities, we have created the ENE Explorer Fellowship, which gives entering students one semester of support while they explore the School and the discipline—who we are and what we do.

Fellows will undertake a structured program of activities associated with strategic initiatives in the School (e.g. data gathering/analysis on research projects, assisting in strategic projects) and with supporting the teaching operations in the School (e.g. shadowing and assisting Graduate Teaching Assistants in First-Year Engineering; developing new course materials; classroom-based research and analyzing data). The teaching-related duties will introduce the students to the opportunities available in the School as TAs in subsequent semesters.

The Explorer Fellowships—which may be named in honor or memory of a beloved professor or classmate—will enable us to delay the student-advisor matching process until the end of students' first semester, rather than making advising assignments at the beginning. The matching will thus be based on more and better information gained by the student, resulting in turn in better matching and improved management of expectations about the nature of the research work and about possible career pathways for the PhD student.

To support this initiative, or for more information, contact Rebecca Fry at .

First-Year Engineering Operations Center Serving Students

Purdue's First-Year Engineering Program is a big and complex enterprise. The new Operations Center puts our Instructional Support Team right next door, for better efficiency and better service.

First-Year Engineering's Ideas to Innovation Learning Lab complex, which occupies much of the lower level of Armstrong Hall, runs 40+ hours a week, currently serving some 1,800 students in their engineering coursework.

Behind the scenes, the Instructional Support Team, in collaboration with faculty and TAs, helps to administer the courses, prepare homework assignments, class activities, exams, online video modules, and more. And now, with the First-Year Engineering Operations Center fully functional since Spring 2013, they're equipped to serve first-year students and those who teach them with a new level of timeliness and coordination.

"The Ops Center gets staff closer to our customers: the students and instructors," says Jim Whitford, instructional support manager (pictured above right with instructional support coordinators Lynn Hegewald, above left, and Patrick La Petina, above center). "That convenience has proved valuable day in and day out."

First-year students interact with the operations center when they need an excused absence, a grade check for those in extracurricular activities, or special accommodations in the classroom or for test-taking. Rick Womack, instructional support specialist, and Jennifer Redden, administrative assistant, round out the team.

"Because we're in one central location now, we can do quick reviews of the materials we develop," Whitford says. "We're working toward defect-free."

It's a concrete expression of the School of Engineering Education's highest value: putting students first in all we do.

First-Year Engineering Program Featured in U.S. News 2014 Best Colleges Guide

In its story "Engineering Gets a Lot More Friendly," U.S. News highlights First-Year Engineering at Purdue, citing the Ideas to Innovation Learning Laboratory and the program's new "flipped classroom."

2013 Interdisciplinary Engineering Colloquium: Video Now Available

The colloquium, "Indomitable Innovators: Pioneers in Engineering Education Research at Purdue," took place on November 14 and featured panelists John Lindenlaub, Frank Oreovicz, and Phil Wankat. A video recording of the event is available here. Jump to 15:37 to view the colloquium itself. Preceding the event was the public premiere of ENE's 10th-anniversary video Transforming Engineering Education Through Scholarship and Research, shown at the beginning of the link provided.

The colloquium, inspired by ENE's boundary-crossing Interdisciplinary Engineering program, will continue in future years to present a topical subject and invite perspectives from engineering and a range of other fields, including the humanities, the social sciences, and education.

Honors and Awards

A round-up of faculty and student awards.

Drs. Robin Adams, Alice Pawley and Brent Jesiek: Frontiers in Education's Ben Dasher Best Paper award, for "Applying philosophical inquiry: Bringing future engineering education researchers into the philosophy of engineering education"

Dr. Monica Cox: Minorities in Engineering Division representative, ASEE Diversity Committee, 2013-16

Eric Holloway, Lynn Hegewald, Patrick La Petina, Jim Whitford [staff], and Drs. Monica Cardella, Heidi Diefes-Dux, and Matt Ohland [faculty]: College of Engineering 2013 Team Award of Excellence

Amanda Jackson: College of Engineering 2013 Leadership Award of Excellence

Dr. William Oakes: CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow for 2013-14

Dr. Matthew Ohland: Co-recipient of Academy of Management Learning and Education's Weimer Award

Dr. Matt Ohland, Russell A. Long, et al.: Vetter Research Award for exceptional research committed to understanding the intersectionality of race and gender, for "The Effect of Climate and Pedagogy on Persistence: A Longitudinal Study of Women in Undergraduate Engineering Programs"

Dr. David Radcliffe: Fellow, American Society for Engineering Education

Dr. Alice Pawley: Anita Borg Institute's Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award; ASEE-ERM division's best paper award.

Dr. Karl Smith: Honorary doctorate,Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Lourdes (Lulu) Urena, Multidisciplinary Engineering senior: Purdue's Martin C. Jischke Outstanding International Student of the Year