Category Archives: Research

ENGR 190 – Speed’s First Emporium Class

Collaborative Classroom

Dr. Jeff Hieb is shown assisting students in Room 016 of the JB Speed Building, which has been re-purposed as Speed School’s first collaborative classroom.

After months of study and research, the Engineering Fundamentals Department decided to redesign ENGR 190, the Introductory Calculus course taken by some of Speed’s first year students. Dr. Jeff Hieb agreed to lead this effort and is now directing a mathematics emporium for these students. This course provides intensive review of algebra, trigonometry, and introductory calculus concepts necessary for success in ENGR 101, Engineering Analysis I. The emporium design structures students’ learning opportunities, but allows them flexibility to attend the mathematics laboratory at times convenient to their schedule. All assignments and assessments are done on the computer using MyMathLab, courseware specifically designed to facilitate student learning.


The Phoenix House: a permanent solution for disaster relief

Rendering of the Phoenix House

Rendering of the Phoenix House

The Phoenix House is designed to be a permanent solution for disaster relief. After a disaster, one’s life is forever changed, and one wishes to return to the life he or she once knew. With the Phoenix House, the hope is to return to a life better than before. The phoenix is a shining symbol of rebirth. Team Kentuckiana is proud to reveal the Phoenix House as our design for the 2013 Solar Decathlon.

New Chairman Joins Mechanical Engineering

After serving an impressive twenty years as M.E. Department Chairman at UofL, Prof. Glen Prater stepped down as chairman this past summer. As one can imagine, he made many notable contributions to academic life in the Speed School; most recently he helped ushered the M.E. program through another successful six-year accreditation and he was instrumental in developing the department’s on-site Masters program at the G.E. Appliance Park (to name just two things). Dr. Prater will continue teaching and conducting research in the M.E. Department. Thank you Dr. Prater!

Dr. Kevin Murphy, Chairman of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Kevin Murphy, Chairman of Mechanical Engineering

After a national search, the M.E. Department and the Speed School have hired Prof. Kevin Murphy to serve as the new chairman. Prior to joining UofL, Dr. Murphy was a tenured, associate professor at the University of Connecticut, where he had served as the director of graduate studies and then as associate chairman. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. His research focuses on nonlinear vibrations, stability, and solid mechanics. But his work also touches on acoustics, signal processing, and fracture mechanics. In particular, he has worked on vibration based structural health monitoring (SHM), adhesion/sticking contact in MEMS devices, and vibrations in manufacturing problems. Dr. Murphy has been awarded a number of competitive federal grants in support of his research program, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He has also received several awards for distinguished teaching, in addition to being recognized by both branches of the Connecticut State Legislature for teaching excellence.

Welcome to the University of Louisville Dr. Murphy.

Exciting Fall Semester 2013

Engr Fundamentals Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff members from the department of Engineering Fundamentals

The Engineering Fundamentals Department (EF) enthusiastically welcomed 515 new freshmen and nearly 100 transfer students in their Introduction to Engineering classes last week! Students learned about their tablets and software needed for their courses, filled out their Flight Plan with assistance from their advisors, and heard from TAs and faculty how to become successful engineering students.

EF also welcomes as their newest term instructor, Dr. Tim Broering, a recent graduate of UofL’s Mechanical Engineering Department.  Dr. Broering’s research was in the area of computational fluid dynamics, where he studies flapping wing configurations.  Research applications include the development of micro air vehicles with potential use in military aerial reconnaissance or search and rescue.  Dr. Broering is teaching Introduction to Engineering and Differential Equations courses this fall.

Dynamic Facilitator Gary Eisenmenger

Gary Eisenmenger becomes a dynamic facilitator rather than a lecturer with the use of technology.

EF’s instructor for Engineering Graphics, Gary Eisenmenger, is doing something completely different this fall in his classes.  Based on the department’s year-long analysis and evaluation of effective teaching models, he is replacing most of his standard lectures with interactive content. Students now come to class with earphones, listen to videos Mr. Eisenmenger created for each class, and ask questions if they need help with assignments. Mr. Eisenmenger is now a dynamic facilitator, rather than a lecturer.