Monthly Archives: February 2014

Upward Trajectory

by John S. Usher, Associate Dean

UofL J.B. Speed School of Engineering 2020 Strategic Plan

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!


Engineers’ Ball 2014 Date and Location Announced

Frazier History Museum

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 starting in March. Come celebrate Council, Speed School, and being an engineer!

Tyler Poteet – SSSC Director of Student Activities

Cyber Defense CompetitorsThis 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.

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Fabrication time!

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