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Honors and Awards

A number of department-specific and school-wide honors and awards are available to Mechanical Engineering students. In most cases nominations are made by the Department's Honors and Awards Committee, with presentation made at Speed School's spring semester honors convocation.

Mechanical Engineering Department Awards

American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student SectionAward  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. All ASME student section members in good standing upon graduation will become associate members in the national ASME.

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.

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.

ASME - Pi Tau Sigma Award   The Mechanical Engineering Department annually awards a plaque and cash prize to an outstanding student with membership in both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Pi Tau Sigma.

Award for Excellence in Cooperative Education  Each year a plaque is given to the Mechanical Engineering student with the most productive cooperative internship, as measured by employer comments and quality of the final report.

J.B. Speed School of Engineering Awards

Alumni Foundation Awards  The Alumni Foundation of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering annually presents awards to graduate/professional students who have qualified for the Master of Engineering degree. A cash prize and a commemorative plaque are awarded each year to the student who has achieved the greatest distinction in one or more of the following activities: professional activities, sports, debating, dramatics, glee club, orchestra, band, honor societies, journals, and officership in school, class, and university organizations. In addition, certificates and cash prizes are presented to outstanding designees of the Departments of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Engineering Mathematics And Computer Science. All award selections are made by the faculties of the respective programs.

Bennett M. Brigman Award  Mrs. James Donaldson established this award in memory of her deceased husband, Bennett M. Brigman, the first dean of the Speed School, who served as dean during the period 1925­1938. A commemorative plaque and a cash prize are awarded each year to the graduating Master of Engineering student who most nearly attains the objectives of Speed School.

Robert Craig Ernst Award  This award is given in memory of the late Dr. Ernst, Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Emeritus, who served as dean of the Speed School during the period 1947­1969. A cash prize and a commemorative plaque are awarded each year to the engineering student qualifying for the B. S. degree, who has achieved the distinction of being named the Honor Graduate of the Division of Basic Studies of the Professional School of Engineering.

Omicron Delta Kappa Award  The University of Louisville Circle awards a certificate to the outstanding graduate in each school of the University. The award recognizes leadership in school or college activities, combined with character and scholarship.

Society of American Military Engineers Award  An award is made each year by the Kentuckiana Post of the Society of American Military Engineers to a member of the graduating class of the Speed School who has completed all of the requirements for a commission in the ROTC at the University of Louisville and whose performance is most outstanding in both engineering and military programs. The recipient is selected by a joint committee composed of Speed School and ROTC faculty members.

William S. Speed Award  This award is dedicated by the SSE Student Council to the memory an important Speed School benefactor, William S. Speed. A cash prize and a commemorative plaque are given each year to the graduating Master of Engineering student who has contributed the most service to the Speed School.

Lewis S. Streng Honor Graduate Award  Mrs. Fannie Henly Streng created a trust fund in memory of her deceased husband, Lewis S. Streng. The annual income from this fund and a commemorative plaque are awarded to the graduating Master of Engineering student who has attained the highest cumulative grade-point average in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

Tau Beta Pi Awards  The Kentucky Beta Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society, awards two prizes annually to students in the General Engineering Studies Division: one to the student who at the end of the first year has attained the highest scholastic standing in the class, and one to the student who at the end of the second year has attained the highest scholastic standing in that class.

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