Students are a primary focus of the Mechanical Engineering Department's teaching, research, and professional service missions, and together, faculty and students integrate these diverse activities into a coherent whole. UofL M.E. students are special before even arriving on campus: special because they aspire contribute to society by becoming mechanical engineers, and because they are willing to accept the intellectual and professional challenges associated with Speed School's unique combination of cooperative internships and rigorous academic programs.
The M.E. Department is nationally known for its practice-oriented integrated B.Sc./M.Eng. program sequence. The B.Sc. and M.Eng. programs are separately accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. UofL ME is the only mechanical engineering department in the nation with dual-level accreditation. Our department is a charter members of the first group of American engineering programs reviewed and accredited in 1936, so no mechanical engineering department in the nation has been accredited longer than UofL M.E. The exclusivity of the integrated B.Sc./M.Eng. program is further increased by the inclusion of three mandatory semester-long cooperative internships. Students completing the five year curriculum graduate with two academic degrees with advanced-level accreditation, a full year of professional experience, and the distinction of having graduated from the nationally and internationally renowned J.B. Speed School of Engineering.
Supporting the Department’s academic programs are undergraduate and graduate-level courses covering every aspect of mechanical engineering technology. A professional perspective on these technologies is provided by the many student organizations supported by the department (American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, ASHRAE, Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE) and the activities they sponsor.