Since its founding in 1925 as a memorial to the late James Breckenridge Speed, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering has been recognized as a premier, metropolitan engineering institution. The School has been built on a foundation of exemplary faculty and staff, talented and committed students, outstandingly accomplished alumni, and generous donors. It is a special place where the dreams of many for a better life and better world have been empowered. The Speed School community is proud of its long history of accomplishments in engineering education, scholarship, and service to the community.
But there are many challenges and unknowns ahead.
- What will engineering education look like in 15-20 years?
- How should we prepare for and lead in a time of disruptive change?
- What must we do to ensure access to engineering education in an environment of eroding public financial support?
- On what areas of research should we focus to best respond to societal needs and fulfill aspirations of national prominence?
- How can we best impact the economic development of our region and contribute to the wellbeing of our community?
These are just a few of the many questions that the Speed School community collectively considered in developing a road map for the future. The 2020 Strategic Plan, defines clear directions and the vital tasks required to continue to powerfully launch the dreams of generations of students to come, to enable research discoveries that transform the human condition, and to ensure the betterment of our community.