The FLC is exploring ways to bring evidence-based collaborative learning techniques to engineering classrooms
A group of 7 faculty members from Speed are participating in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Collaboration that is sponsored by the Speed School Center for Teaching and Learning Engineering. Drs. Marie Brown (Delphi Center) and Patricia Ralston (Engineering Fundamentals) are facilitators. The FLC is exploring ways to bring evidence-based collaborative learning techniques to engineering classrooms. By properly structuring learning tasks to implement collaborative learning effectively, faculty help students learn the benefits of working together to improve both individual and collective achievement.
Faculty played a spirited game of HiHo CherryO to prepare for their session. They played the collaborative version where the goal is for the group to pick the cherries from the trees rather than compete against teammates.
Faculty played a spirited game of HiHo CherryO – the collaborative option where the goal is for the group to pick the cherries from the trees, rather than compete against teammates.
by John S. Usher, Associate Dean
UofL J.B. Speed School of Engineering 2020 Strategic Plan
President James Ramsey proudly talks often about the University of Louisville, and its “upward trajectory”. Here at Speed School, we have a large number of initiatives underway that will help add some energy to keep that trajectory pointed in the right direction. We are working diligently on a plan to initiate the Institute for Product Realization and Innovation in the 39-acre Belknap Research Park that is being developed right behind Speed School. Look for a major announcement on that plan coming soon. Our Department of Engineering Fundamentals is establishing a Center for Teaching and Learning Engineering that will help us research and apply new approaches for delivering our courses. We are rolling out a new website in the next few weeks. We have implemented a new system called Digital Measures for recording and measuring faculty productivity. We have expanded our K-12 outreach programs and are even offering a summer camp in our fantastic cleanroom where students will actually make their own semiconductors. Our development office is busy with a large fundraising effort to finance a multi-million dollar renovation of the nearly 80-year old JB Speed Building. The architect’s plans reveal some exciting new features including a large glass atrium on the back of the building, a central staircase added to an open lobby, new student collaborative areas, space for new business operations, a Math Emporium and video production area, a rooftop garden, and a brick plaza behind the building. The plaza will change the back side of Speed School by replacing the existing parking lot with a beautiful space for students to gather, and relax and interact. The plaza will become the center of the Speed Campus and serve as an effective connection between JBS, Duthie, Sacket and WS.
We have so much going on that sometimes it’s hard to keep track of it all. For a more formal look at our plans, follow this link to see our strategic plan! https://louisville.edu/speed/StrategicPlan
Join SSSC for an evening of dinner and dancing.
The 2014 Speed School Student Council Engineers’ Ball will be held on March 22 at the Frazier History Museum! Guests may arrive at 6:00 PM for a reception; dinner will be served at 7:00 PM. After dinner, the SSSC officers for the 2014/15 term will be sworn in, winners from E-Expo competitions will be recognized, and the W.S Speed Award recipient for 2014 will be revealed. Also, as the name ‘Engineers’ Ball‘ insinuates, there will be dancing! Tickets will go on sell at speedcouncil.org starting in March. Come celebrate Council, Speed School, and being an engineer!
Tyler Poteet – SSSC Director of Student Activities
This past Saturday, Feb. 15, the UofL Cyber Defense team competed in their State Qualifier against NKU and Murray State. In 8 straight hours of competition consisting of systems auditing, systems administration, network monitoring, intrusion detection, and service uptime, the team came out on top in not only the state, but in the entire qualifier where teams in both Kentucky and Ohio competed to move on for their respective states. The Midwest Regional competition is being held March 28-29 in Chicago.
The Steel Bridge Team at U of L is excited to be in the fabrication phase of the project. The ECTC workshop is working hard to deliver a quality bridge, and the team is thrilled to see their design come to life.
In the coming weeks, the team will be perfecting the bridge’s construction time. There will soon be tryouts for team builders, who will represent our school at the regional (and hopefully national) level! If you are interested in being a builder, email us at SteelBridge.UofL@gmail.com.
By John Usher
As we slog our way through one of the coldest winters in many years, it is important to realize that Spring is really just around the corner. While this semester just got started, we’ll be in finals week before you know it. Excuse the engineering play on words, but we all know that Springs can contain a lot of potential energy. If you don’t believe me, watch a loaded garage door spring unwind (from a safe distance please) and you’ll see what I mean. The point is that Spring is a time when the weather warms, and our graduates emerge with an unlimited amount of potential energy. I always look forward to this time of year when we can finally see the true fruits of our academic labor. Students will no doubt be stressed getting that senior design project done, those last exams completed and the their grades posted before May Commencement. I would urge them to keep working hard, moving forward with a positive attitude, and embracing the new challenges that lie ahead. I can say the same for our faculty and staff who will be part of many changes, (including new curricula, building renovations, new faculty hires, process improvements, and more). All of these changes are loading the spring, so to speak, and creating a great deal of potential energy here at Speed School.