Recognizing High Achievers

Dean's List and Dean's Scholars

An undergraduate student who completes twelve or more (nine or more in summer terms) graded credits with all grades of "A", and no grades of "I", "X", or "U", is named a Dean’s Scholar.

An undergraduate student who completes twelve or more (nine or more in summer terms) graded credits with the grades of "A", "B", or "C" and a 3.5 grade-point average, with no grades of "I", "X", "U", "D", or "F", is named to the Dean’s List. Grades of "P" are not prohibited in Dean’s List qualifications, but cannot be used to meet the graded-credits minimum requirement.

Honor certificates are available online for Speed School.  To retrieve Dean's Scholar or Dean's List Certificate:

    • Log into your student U-Link account
    • Choose the Student Services tab
    • Click on the menu item "Deans Certificates"
    • Choose the certificate and semester you wish to access.

J. B. Speed School of Engineering Honors and Awards

The following honors and awards were presented on April 25, 2017, at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Click here to view photos from the 2016 Honors & Awards program.

University Awards:

Lewis S. Streng Award
Mrs. Fannie Henry Streng created a trust fund in memory of her deceased husband, Lewis S. Streng. A plaque and cash award is presented to the honor graduate of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering receiving the Master of Engineering degree.
Patrick Weitlauf

Robert C. Ernst Award
A plaque and cash award is presented each year to the engineering student who is the honor graduate of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering receiving the Bachelor of Science degree.
Dylan Vish

Bennett M. Brigman Award
In memory of Bennett M. Brigman, former Dean of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering, a plaque and cash award is given each year to the Master of Engineering student who most nearly attains the objectives of the School.
Jalyn Shontee

Alfred T. Chen Memorial Scholarship Award
A fund has been established in memory of Alfred T. Chen, Professor of Applied Mathematics And Computer Science and former Director of University Computing Activities. The income from this memorial fund is to provide a commemorative plaque for a Graduate/Professional student pursuing the Master of Engineering degree in any field. The recipient is selected on the basis of scholarship.
Cody Ewing

William S. Speed Award
Dedicated by the Speed School Student Council to the memory of the late William S. Speed, as the principal benefactor of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering, this plaque and cash award are given to the graduating senior for having contributed the most services to the School.
Tyler Poteet

J. B. Speed School of Engineering Alumni Award
A plaque and cash award is presented each year to the member of the graduating class who has achieved the greatest distinction in professional and extracurricular activities within the School and the University.
Austin Echsner

Departmental Alumni Awards
These cash awards and certificates are presented by the Speed School Alumni Association to outstanding Graduate/Professional Students nominated by each department.
Gordon Lents (BE)
Josiah Hardin (CHE)
Tom Jones (CEE)
Benjamin Fuson  (CECS)
Ali Faraji-Tajrishi (ECE)
Paige Miller (IE)
Daniel Book (ME)

Co-op of the year Award
This award recognizes an outstanding student who has successfully completed a co-op and nominated by his employer and/or a faculty. Evaluation is based on student’s statement about the co-op experience and the student contribution to the employer.
Kyle Pfenninger (BE)
Katherine Fuller (CHE)
Lauren Tallio (CEE)
Yuval Schaal (CECS)
Stanley Doerger (ECE)
Jacob Lamping (IE)
Brian Kearney (ME)

Outstanding Student Award
This award goes to the Speed School graduate who most exemplifies the attributes of the college, which include, but are not limited to character, leadership, service and scholarship. The recipient is honored in the University Commencement Book, and will serve as banner bearer, leading the Speed School graduates into the University Wide Commencement Ceremony.
December 2016: Kareem Moulana
May 2017: Jalyn Shontee

Engineering Fundamentals Department - Tau Beta Pi Awards
The Engineering Fundamentals Department and the student chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, present freshman and sophomore awards annually. These awards are based on scholastic standing, courses completed at Speed School, and potential for professional success.
Outstanding Freshman Award 2015-2016: Sarah Taheri
Outstanding Sophomore Award 2015-2016: Joshua Kotter

John Mark Mann Memorial Scholarship
A memorial scholarship fund has been established by the family and friends of John Mark Mann, an alumnus of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering. The income from this fund provides a scholarship to be awarded annually to a deserving student, with first preference given to students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. The scholarship is awarded to high achievers with consideration for financial need.
Delaney Coovert and Caitlin Ryan

Steven D. Vanover Scholarship
A memorial scholarship fund has been established by the family of Steven D. Vanover, a 2013 graduate of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering. The scholarship is given to a sophomore, junior or senior from the Louisville Metro area and is based on academic merit, campus involvement, and service.
Joseph Graf

Samuel C. Robinson Scholarship Fund
The Fund was created in the memory of Samuel C. Robinson for the purpose of providing scholarship assistance for students from southern Indiana. The recipient is selected on the basis of academic merit and need.
Dane Copple

Jacobs Excellence in Engineering Award
This award was created through the generosity of Jacobs Engineering to benefit a second or third year student at Speed School, with first preference given to a student majoring in Chemical, Civil, Electrical or Mechanical engineering. The award is distributed based on the recipient’s ability to clearly articulate the importance of Jacobs’ Core Values (We are Relationship Based, Growth is an Imperative, People are Our Greatest Asset) within the engineering industry via a 1,000-word essay.
Jonathan Jansen

Hart Diversity Award
This award provides financial assistance to students historically under-represented in engineering (African American, Latino, Native American and women). Student selection will be based on financial need, academic merit and demonstrated leadership on campus or in the Louisville community.
Taylor Fisher

National Society of Black Engineers - Louisville Chapter Award
The Louisville Student Chapter of NSBE has supported the development of programs at the University of Louisville by participating in sharing meetings with the NSBE Student Section. This award is presented to the student or students who has/have guided the student chapter the most this year and helped membership in the chapter expand. The award consists of a Certificate of Recognition.
Jordan Potts

Society of Women Engineers - Student Section Award
The Kentuckiana Section of SWE has supported the development of programs at the University of Louisville by participating in sharing meetings with the SWE Student Section. This award is presented to the student who has guided the student chapter the most this year and helped membership in the chapter expand. The award consists of a Certificate of Appreciation.
Holly McTaggart

The Andrew J. Schrage Memorial Scholarship
The Andrew J. Schrage Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Andrew Schrage. During his life and his entire time at Speed School, Andrew was loved by his family, friends, team members, and professors. He was passionate about engineering and his extracurricular involvement, which included the SAE Formula Racing Team and the UofL Marching Band. This scholarship is awarded to a Speed School student attending from a high school in Boone, Campbell or Kenton Counties in Kentucky and participates in extracurricular activities. The scholarship was established by Andrew’s mother and father, Andrea and Robert Schrage, and his brother, Ethan Schrage to honor Andrew’s life and his caring spirit.
Adam Eliasen

Bioengineering Awards

Joseph Henry Award In Translational Bioengineering
Joseph Henry (1797-1878) was a brilliant scientist who gave his ideas away to other inventors. The discoverer of mutual and self-inductance, and the electromagnetic relay, Henry influenced many prolific inventors such as Morse (telegraph), Marcone (radio), and Bell (telephone). However, because Henry did not protect his research, he never profited or was publicly recognized for his contributions. Thus, the Joseph Henry Award in Translational Bioengineering is based on Henry’s passion for helping translate others’ ideas into intellectual property (IP). This annual award recognizes an innovative MEng student who has, by the basis of their research and development, potentially created new IP (sole or co-inventor) and has filed an invention disclosure. The student will be awarded a plaque and will have their name and the year they received the award embossed on the Joseph Henry Award Trophy, prominently displayed in the BE department.
Yitzhak Gebru

Rolando “Chip” Cheng, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
This award is in honor of the late Rolando “Chip” Cheng, Jr, an alumnus and graduate student of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering (BS ECE 2000), whose zest for life, love of friends and family, and dreams of developing medical devices to help save patients’ lives made the world a better place. The funds for this award have been provided by an endowed memorial scholarship in Chip’s name to recognize a bioengineering student in the graduating class whose character reflects humanitarianism, innovative mind, and entrepreneurial spirit. The recipient of this award receives a monetary scholarship and plaque, and their name engraved on a perpetual plaque displayed in the BE department.
Connor Smith

Jerry and Pat Sturgeon Academic Excellence Award
This award is in honor of Gerald “Jerry” E. Sturgeon, an alumnus of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering (Assoc. Engr. Techn. ‘77), and his wife Pat for their outstanding generosity to the Department of Bioengineering. The income from the endowment established in their names provides a scholarship which is awarded annually to the student achieving the highest scholastic performance after completing their Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering. The student receives a scholarship, a plaque and their name engraved on a perpetual plaque.
Kelly Millay

Mickey R. Wilhelm Achievement Award
This award is in honor of Dr. Mickey R. Wilhelm, former Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, for his commitment and dedication to the inception and development of the Department of Bioengineering in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. This award recognizes a bioengineering student in the graduating class whose character, integrity, industry, leadership skills and persevering attitude identifies them with a high potential for success. The student receives a plaque and their name engraved on a perpetual plaque.
Lee Sims

Judi Olsen Endowed Scholarship
This award is in honor of the late Judi Cooper Olsen, Director of Development for J.B. Speed School at the University of Louisville. Judi touched so many lives with her warm smile, devotion to others, and beautiful spirit inside and out. In her honor, we are all challenged to carry out her legacy of love and happiness on earth: live life to the absolute fullest, spread love and happiness unconditionally, and enjoy the wonders of this beautiful world, and the people in it. A plaque and monetary scholarship is given to a junior or senior undergraduate bioengineering student with a 3.0 or greater GPA and shares Judi’s dedication to the development and clinical translation of medical devices to improve patient outcomes and restore quality of life.
Brooke Barrow

Chemical Engineering Awards

The Max A. Stoler Memorial Award
With due consideration for an outstanding academic record, this award recognizes a chemical engineer in the graduating class whose leadership, industry, and integrity marks the student as one with the potential for future achievement. It is given by Barry S. Stoler, M.D., (Ch.E. 1961) in memory of his father, Max A. Stoler.
Abbie Kramer

Earl Gerhard Scholarship
The Speed School Alumni Foundation has established an annual graduate scholarship in honor of Earl R. Gerhard, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering and Dean Emeritus. The scholarship will be awarded to a student in a master’s degree program in Chemical Engineering on the basis of academic excellence and personal motivation.
HaiHeng Cheav

Chemical Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Award
This award recognizes the graduating honor student earning the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and takes due consideration of academic excellence, contributions to the department and the school, and potential for future achievement.
Dylan Vish

D. A. Richards/G.E. Memorial Scholarship
A one-semester, full-tuition scholarship for a post baccalaureate student in Chemical Engineering is awarded in memory of David A. Richards, a Speed School graduate (B.Ch.E. ‘73), M.S. ‘75, Ph.D. ‘78). The award is based on academic attainment and research aptitude.
Lyndie Burns, Jacob Garza, and Elizabeth Peeff

Donald F. Othmer Academic Excellence Award
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers awards a certificate and a copy of Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook to the student who has the highest scholastic standing after completing the first three years of the Chemical Engineering program.
Laura Fernandez

Robert Neiman Memorial Scholarship
A memorial scholarship has been established through the Robert Neiman Estate in memory of Robert Neiman, an alumnus of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering (B.S.Ch.E. 34, M.S.Ch.E. 35). The income from this fund provides a one-semester, full-tuition scholarship to be awarded annually to a deserving student in the Master of Engineering program in Chemical Engineering on the basis of academic excellence.
Christine Seaman, Eric Wilkerson, and Zachary Watson

Marathon Petroleum Scholarship
The Marathon Petroleum Corporation has established a scholarship for a deserving non-traditional student.
Zachary Watson

Zeon Chemical Company Fellowship
Zeon Chemicals, Inc. established a full tuition award to be given to a graduating Mechanical or
Chemical engineering student that will be pursuing their Master of Engineering degree at the
Speed School of Engineering. The award is given on a rotating schedule to students in the Mechanical and Chemical engineering programs.
Lisa Anderson

Civil & Environmental Engineering Awards

Steve V. Bilyeu Scholarship
This endowment supports a renewable scholarship for students seeking a civil engineering degree at the J. B. Speed School of Engineering. Preference is given to students classified as sophomore or higher and who demonstrate financial need.
Michael McCarty

Hazelet & Erdal Scholarship
The Hazelet & Erdal consulting firm (now BRW) established an endowment for this scholarship for a student majoring in Civil Engineering. It is awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or financial need.
Maria Kolisnichenko

Kentucky Section ASCE Scholarship
The Kentucky Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers presents this scholarship to a professional school student in Civil Engineering who demonstrates superior service to the student community.
Zachary Boston and Kathleen Rasmussen

Charles Cunningham Scholarship
The Charles Cunningham Endowment provides a scholarship to a Civil and Environmental Engineering student who exemplifies values and qualities promoted by the benefactor.
Cody Lile

F. W. Schoettler Scholarship
The F. W. Schoettler endowment provides a scholarship to the Civil Engineering student with the highest G.P.A. entering the Master of Engineering program.
Durbin Richardson

CEE Undergraduate Recognition Award
This award recognizes the graduating honor student earning the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and takes due consideration of academic excellence, contributions to the department and the school, and potential for future achievement.
Matthew Miller

Computer Engineering & Computer Science Awards

John H. Simester Award
The award is given to the Computer Engineering and Computer Science program graduate who has attained the highest cumulative scholastic standing in the Master of Engineering program at the 
J. B. Speed School of Engineering.
Steven Goodin and Bret Murphy

Raymond I. Fields Award
The award is given to the Computer Engineering and Computer Science graduate who has contributed the most to the department and school in leadership and service.
Sungbo Jung

ACM Distinguished Student Award
The award is given to honor a CECS student who has made a significant contribution to the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Sam Nwosu

CSE Doctoral Award
The award is given to a Computer Science and Engineering doctoral student selected by the CECS department. Priority is given to those pursuing academic/research careers.
Behnoush Abdollahi and Mahsa Badami

CECS Master of Science Award
The award is given to the Computer Science graduate who has attained the highest cumulative scholastic standing in the departmental Master of Science program.
Sajjad Esfahani, Rama Aparna Mallavarapu, and Graham Reid

CECS Arthur M. Riehl Award
The award is given to a graduate/professional student with excellent academic performance and contributions to the department activities. The award is given in recognition of Professor Riehl who retired after 40 years of service as a faculty member (1959 - 1999) including 10 years as department chair (1977-1987).
Fadoua Khmaissia and Faezeh Tafazzoli

CECS Outstanding Undergraduate Award
The award is given to a CECS undergraduate student who demonstrates excellence and potential for future achievements. The recipient is selected by the CECS faculty.
Logan Hall and Cody Jenkins

IEEE Outstanding CECS Student Award
The IEEE Louisville Chapter honors two outstanding students upon the recommendation of CECS faculty.
Benjamin Brown

Gwong Sun Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student in CECS with an outstanding academic record and potential for achievement in their professional career. The award is given in honor of Dr. Gwong Sun who joined the Speed School faculty in 1978 and served with dedication until his death in 2003.
Yuval Schaal

Electrical & Computer Engineering Awards

Samuel T. Fife Outstanding Master of Engineering 
Graduate in Electrical Engineering Award
Mrs. Claudine M. Fife established this award in memory of her husband, Samuel T. Fife, Professor of Electrical Engineering in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering (1931-1968) and Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department (1931-1942). A cash prize is awarded each year to the outstanding Master of Engineering graduate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
James Crosswhite

Samuel T. Fife Scholarship Award
This scholarship award is given annually to the Electrical and Computer Engineering student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering who has attained the highest cumulative scholastic standing by the end of the first year of study in the Professional School of Engineering. The prize consists of a handbook provided by the Louisville Section of the IEEE and a scholarship funded by Mrs. Claudine Fife in memory of her husband, Samuel T. Fife.
Mason Kratt

M. Gordon Northrop Student Activities Award
The Louisville Section IEEE Activity Award is given annually to an Electrical and Computer Engineering student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering who has contributed most to the student branch activities, including paper presentation. Kasey Shirley IEEE Outstanding Student Awards The University of Louisville Student Branch of IEEE honors two outstanding students. Alex Bennett and William Funke Electrical Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Award This award is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding research and scholarship in the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering.
Alex Bennett

IEEE Outstanding Student Awards
The University of Louisville Student Branch of IEEE honors two outstanding students.
Evan McManus and Alex Rickert

Electrical Engineering Outsta nding Graduate Student Award
This award is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding research and scholarship in the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering.
Chen Cao, Joseph Latham, and Nadieh Mohamadi-Moghadam

James D. Barnhouse Memorial Scholarship
The scholarship is presented to support a deserving student majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. The award is in memory of James D. Barnhouse, a Speed School graduate (BEE ‘70), who was responsible for the design and implementation of the Community Core exhibits at Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center.
Phuong Dang

Theobald Scholarship Award
The Edward J. and Eunice B. Theobald Scholarship Fund has been established to provide income that will be used for a scholarship to be awarded to a full-time Electrical and Computer Engineering student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering. This scholarship is awarded to a student who best demonstrates academic achievement, entrepreneurial spirit, civic involvement, and a commitment to engineering science.
Lance Hall

Industrial Engineering Awards

Thomas L. Ward Scholarship Award
This award is given annually to the senior industrial engineering student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering who demonstrates the highest level of academic achievement. This award is given in memory of Dr. Thomas L. Ward, former professor and department chair in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Louisville.
Alex Moore

Institute of Industrial Engineers Activity Award
The Louisville Chapter 18 of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Activity Award is given annually to an industrial engineering student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering who has contributed most to the activities of the University of Louisville Chapter 902 of the IIE.
Megan Ridenour

Louis D. Brandeis Scholarship Award
The Louisville Chapter 18 of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Scholarship Award is given annually to the industrial engineering student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering who has demonstrated both scholarly achievement and the promise of corresponding professional attainment. It is given in memory of Louis D. Brandeis, a native of Louisville and an early champion of industrial engineering.
Christopher Aden

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Scholarship Award
The Louisville Chapter 54 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Scholarship Award is given annually to the student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering who has demonstrated, through scholarly achievement and research, the potential to make a significant contribution to the field of Manufacturing Engineering.
Karthik Nadimpalli

Frederick W. Taylor Award
This award is given to an outstanding student in the Engineering Management program. It is given in memory of Frederick W. Taylor, a pioneer in the practice, study, and teaching of management in technological enterprises.
Laken Hamilton

Industrial Engineering Graduate Student Award
This award is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding research and scholarship in the Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering. Audrey Dorris Industrial Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Award This award is given annually to the PhD student who is judged to have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the completion and defense of an Industrial Engineering doctoral dissertation.
Dustin Weiler

Industrial Engineering Doctoral Dissertati on Award
This award is given annually to the PhD student who is judged to have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the completion and defense of an Industrial Engineering doctoral dissertation.
Guangyang Xu

Mechanical Engineering Awards

American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ 
Student Section Award
The Louisville Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers participates in the technical and professional development of J. B. Speed School of Engineering students through its support of the Mechanical Engineering Department’s ASME student section. The Louisville Section of ASME presents this award to that student who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the activities of the Student Section.
Blake Juett

Hsing Chuang Award for Excellence in Graduate Study
A plaque and a cash award are given annually to the Mechanical Engineering graduate student who best epitomizes the academic and professional qualities of Dr. Hsing Chuang, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering. Criteria include a strong scholastic record, demonstrated creativity in research or design, and participation in professional societies.
Jalyn Shontee

Mechanical Engineering Department Academic Achievement Awards
These awards, consisting of a plaque and cash prize, are given to Mechanical Engineering students at the sophomore, junior, senior and graduate professional level with the highest cumulative academic standing in their class.
Sophomore: Sarah Taheri
Junior: John Payne
Senior: Cody Ewing
Graduate Professional: Kurt Wittmer

The George W. Springstube Scholarship
This fund was established by Lisa Lindsey and Steven Lindsey to help provide financial support to a Kentucky resident attending the J. B. Speed School of Engineering majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Justin Johnson

 

Updated: 04.26.2017