Chair's Message

The Department of Engineering Fundamentals (EF) was created in 2007 specifically to engage and support our newest students to help insure their success as they pursue an engineering degree. We are committed to students and excited to help students navigate the important transition from high school to university life.

We introduce students to the practice of engineering via a two-course sequence: Engineering Methods, Tools, and Practice I and II. The sequence focuses on the areas of engineering professionalism, computational and programming skills, communication (graphical, written and oral), problem solving, design analysis, teamwork and project management. The first course focuses on skill development, and the second course requires demonstration of skill acquisition and integration culminating in completion of a team project in the Engineering Garage. We also teach all the undergraduate mathematics courses for engineering students as well as additional graphics courses.

Our faculty are continuously working to improve their teaching strategies and delivery methods using current evidence-based research, and we utilize the latest technology where appropriate.  Supporting these efforts is Speed’s Center for Teaching and Learning Engineering (CTLE). The Center evolved from EF’s Partnership with UofL’s Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning and is housed in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals.

Ongoing efforts to improve teaching and learning in some courses include incorporation of active and collaborative learning activities and the emporium model and flipped classroom approaches. I encourage you to explore our webpage, especially the educational research that we are doing to guide our methods!

Dr. Patricia A.S. Ralston
Dept. Chair, Engineering Fundamentals