We are so excited in the Engineering Career Development and Co-op office. If you stop in to see us, you’ll see groups of students milling around, turning in co-op reports and signing up for practice interviews. The first few weeks of the fall semester we are processing about 416 students coming in and out of our doors.
226 of those students are just starting the co-op seminar. They are super excited and nervous about where their co-op position is going to be. For many of them, they will have their first professional interviews, write their first professional resumes, attend their first career fair and for some, this will be their first real job!
190 of those students are coming back in to turn in their final co-op reports. You can tell which students they are; it’s amazing to see how co-op has transformed them. There is a lot of growth that happens in those three co-op rotations. They come back more self-confident, more mature. They have stronger technical and interpersonal skills. There is a marked improvement in communication and professional interaction. Not every co-op is a perfect placement, but every co-op presents a great opportunity for growth.
This semester we are preparing the largest group of first time co-ops that we have ever had. It IS an exciting time in the co-op office and I haven’t even mentioned the numbers for career fair yet. So far we have 55 employers registered for the Oct 2nd career fair! But more about THAT later…
Did you know that the J.B. Speed School of Engineering has a group of Alumni that are actively involved in supporting Speed School? Well…we do, the Speed School of Engineering Alumni Council. The Alumni Council consists of 15 members that are all graduates of Speed School that enjoy the opportunity to give back to Speed School and the local engineering community. The Alumni Council works with the University of Louisville Alumni Association and the Speed School Administration to actively engage Speed Alumni and to support current Speed School students and programs.
This fall look for information regarding upcoming Speed Alumni events and opportunities. Let us know if there is an event you think other Speed Alumni would be interested in participating in, or that you would like to see the Alumni Council facilitate.
We look forward to seeing you this fall! GO CARDS!!!
New Online Program: Master of Engineering in Engineering Management
We begin a new chapter in the Engineering Management program. The Department of Industrial Engineering has offered the M.Eng.E.M. degree on campus in Louisville and in Panama for many years.
Beginning today (8/26/2013) this degree will be available as a fully online program. Our goal for the first semester was to have 20 students enrolled. As of this writing, there are 35 students registered for courses, with a few last minute applications pending.
Several of our students are recent grads of the various undergraduate degrees offered by Speed School. Most of our students are new to UofL as well as new to online education. The bulk of our students are in the general Louisville area, but we have students scattered around the U.S. and military students deployed internationally.
This a strong to an exciting new program.
If you would like more information, please click this link.