2014 Features

Bioengineering student named Kentucky Derby Festival Princess

January 15, 2014

Grace Wainwright, a Louisville native, is a senior majoring in bioengineering. She is a fashion blogger at asoutherndrawl.com, a member of the Society of Women Engineers and a Dean’s Scholar.

Favorite personality trait:
My sarcasm. It definitely lightens the mood.
Favorite food:
Hummus. As a Lebanese gal, that's a given.
Favorite band\type of music:
I love country music.
What is your favorite class?
Any of the math-oriented Engineering Fundamentals courses, but for bioengineering, it would have to be BE453--Intro to Molecular Engineering.
What have you liked most about your Speed School experience so far?
I loved getting to know my classmates.  Bioengineering is a small class, so we are like family.
What is the one thing you want prospective students to know?
The professors care about the students and want them to succeed.
Best advice since entering Speed School?
On those days where you are convinced that you "failed" that one test, try not to stress out.  Just persevere and you'll survive, I promise.
Three reasons to choose Speed School:
  1. The classes are challenging yet rewarding.
  2. The Co-Op Program prepares you and puts you "a step ahead."
  3. It paves the way for many career opportunities.
Why did you chose to run for one of the Derby 2014 Festival Princesses?
I thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved with the community and represent the city of Louisville.
What was your reaction to being crowned one of the Derby 2014 Festival Princesses?
I felt everything all at once: shock, happy, honor, and excitement.  My family and friends are just as thrilled as I am, and I'm blessed to be able to share this journey with them.

Speed Faculty Among the Cream of the Crop

September 16, 2014

A host of Speed School faculty have been recognized recently by the University of Louisville for their contributions to students, their respective research fields or outreach to the community. UofL President James R. Ramsey, Provost Shirley Willihnganz presided over ceremonies in which faculty were honored guests.

AwardDepartmentFaculty Member
Distinguished Faculty Award in TeachingEngineering FundamentalsJeff Hieb
Distinguished Faculty Award in ServiceElectrical & Computer EngineeringJacek Zurada
Distinguished Faculty Award in ResearchBioengineeringSteven Koenig
UofL Top 4 Faculty FavoriteComputer Engineering Computer ScienceRoman Yampolskiy
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeBioengineeringAyman El-Baz
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeBioengineeringHermann Frieboes
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeBioengineeringPatricia Soucy
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeCivil & Environmental EngineeringMark French
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeComputer Engineering Computer ScienceIbrahim Imam
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeEngineering FundamentalsLarry Tyler
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeIndustrial EngineeringTim Hardin
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeMechanical EngineeringTom Berfield
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeMechanical EngineeringJeffery Borden
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeMechanical EngineeringGary Osborne
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeMechanical EngineeringSam Park
UofL Faculty Favorite NomineeMechanical EngineeringStuart Williams

View photos from the recognition luncheon.

River City Rocketry prepares for this year’s competition with excitement

October 21, 2014
By Ana Sanchez Galiano

It is Rocket Science!! This year’s competition rules have changed, and UofL’s NASA Student Launch team, River City Rocketry, members Sherman Dowell, Emily Robinson, and Gregg Blincoe prepare to face the new challenges with great enthusiasm and a brilliant new rocket design. The competition launch will take place during the week of April 7, 2015 in Huntsville, Alabama.

River City Rocketry Team got awarded 3rd place nationally last year at the competition in Salt Lake City. Since then, they have been working hard to make the best rocket design for the upcoming NASA competition.

“NASA has really revamped the competition this year. We are designing an automated launch station with a sample retrieval arm to simulate a mars ascent vehicle (MAV) mission. This provides a unique challenge for electronics design that hasn’t been seen in previous years," said Sherman Dowell. The other big difference with the new competition this year is the time frame. Last year, the schedule had to be abbreviated due to the government shutdown. That means more time for bigger and better things are possible.”

The team is really excited this year about the emphasis on electronics, which adds value to the experience. They have also new and tougher rivals. Along with the added electronics, there is another notable caveat.  Not only will the team be competing with other schools such as M.I.T, Georgia Tech, Cornell, and Vanderbilt, the space agency has opened the gates to commercial competitors as well.  This means that if the UofL team pulls another top spot, they will be pushing the envelope to put the University of Louisville on the map in front of other universities, NASA, and other aerospace companies.

“This year is looking to be the perfect storm for us to take the coveted overall first place in the NASA Student Launch competition. Our predecessors paved the path of success for us by giving us the tools and knowledge to truly apply ourselves completely to produce the most efficiently designed systems for the competition,” said Gregg Blincoe. “While we will continue to remain close with local hackerspace, LVL1 Hackerspace, we will also be embracing the available space at FirstBuild to fully stretch the team’s manufacturing abilities. At FirstBuild, team members will be given opportunities to learn real-life manufacturing skills by utilizing machines such as CNC mills, lathes, waterjets, 3D printers, and many more.”

River City Rocketry team is made of many bright minds that do not settle for being “just students”, eager to let loose on the design table, individuals that share a passion for the field of aerospace design and are able to put their skills and knowledge to use to create an amazing prize winning piece of engineering. The team is ready to come out guns blazing ready to show off what the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering is capable of.

“The moment that sticks out to me the most, was the time I went out with the team for their first full scale test launch for the 2012-2013 competition year. The moment the rocket’s motor ignited, and the rocket launched from the pad, I felt a punch in the chest from the rocket’s motor,” Gregg Blincoe said. “It was a truly amazing sensation to see something built by hand to soar through the air with so much power.“

Follow River City Rocketry's progress at rivercityrocketry.org.

Bioengineering students and alumni racking up awards

September 22, 2014

For a relatively new department, UofL’s BioEngineering has already reached high popularity for its exceptional students and faculty mentors. Research! Louisville, R!L, recently granted nominations for students and fellows mentored by three faculty members of the Bioengineering Department.

Lee Sims, mentored by Dr. Jill Steinbach, received 1st place in the NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J Burzynski Award Undergraduate Student Category.  Lee has been working under the mentorship of Dr. Steinbach. Sims’ work consisted of developing nanoparticles with a variety of surface modifications and sizes to predict, evaluate, and validate how each modification contributes to 3-D distribution in a tumor spheroid model.

“We hope to develop a drug delivery system that can differentiate between healthy and cancerous cells, target the cancerous cells and penetrate the tumor microenvironment,” Lee Sims said.

Lee Sims is currently going into his sophomore year of the undergraduate Bioengineering program, and is already looking forward to pursuing a PhD preparation in the field of Bioengineering and/or Nanoengineering.

Fahmi Abdallah Mohammed Khalifa, mentored by Dr. Ayman El-Baz , received 2nd place in the Postdoctoral Fellow Award. Dr. Khalifa’s research focuses on developing a non-invasive computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) system for the early detection of acute renal transplant rejection using dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI). The preliminary diagnostic results, based on a biopsy-proven preliminary cohort of 50 total participants, demonstrate the ability of the proposed framework to differentiate between normal kidneys and kidneys with altered function without the need for invasive procedures (i.e., renal biopsy). Thus, Khalifa’s CAD system holds promise as a reliable noninvasive diagnostic, which can aid in early diagnosis and the institution of appropriate therapy for detected rejection cases in the USA and worldwide.

Fahmi Khalifa received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Electronic and Communication Engineering, Mansoura University, Egypt, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UofL's Speed School. Presently, he works as postdoctoral associate in the Bioengineering department with the goal to finish developing the proposed CAD system, and to see it commercialized to help patients who suffer from this disease.

Agustina Palacio, co-mentored by Dr. Marty O-Toole and Dr. Schlomit Schaal, received the School of Medicine Clinical Research Fellow Award. Palacio’s project “Engineering an End to Post-Vitrectomy Cataracts” is a collaborative study, between Shlomit Schaal, M.D., Ph.D. from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Martin O’Toole, Ph.D. from the Department of Bioengineering, which is funded by the Coulter Translational Research Partnership at UofL. The project aims to develop a novel technology that will allow patients undergoing retinal surgery–known as “vitrectomy”–to avoid the need to have subsequent surgery to remove cataracts that commonly develop afterwards. The purpose of this project was to develop a biocompatible gel to prevent post-vitrectomy cataracts. By coating the lens with the gel at the time of the vitrectomy they were able to block the diffusion of oxygen into the lens. The gel proved to be biocompatible with porcine lenses in ex-vivo studies and significantly delayed lens opacification in culture. In animal model, the gel successfully and significantly delayed post-vitrectomy cataract formation.

Agustina Palacio, M.D., received her medical degree from University of Sciences and Socials Studies School of Medicine in 2009 with a gold medal for best final average, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She completed her ophthalmology residency training at Dr. Charles Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013, and her postgraduate studies: specialization in ophthalmology, in Universidad Del Salvador in 2013. She is currently a research fellow in Dr. Schaal’s Retina Research Lab at the University of Louisville Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. She plans to continue working on this novel project. In the upcoming year the plan is to expand animal trials and move into clinical trials. Dr. Palacio plans to complete a combined research and clinical fellowship in vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery, and become a leader in the field.

Katy Ashby involved in all aspects of UofL life

October 1, 2014

Junior Kathryn “Katy” Ashby is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Speed School of Engineering. Beginning in her first semester, Katy has had the opportunity to perform research in the Rapid Prototyping Center on additive manufacturing technologies. Katy’s research ultimately led her to complete two co-op rotations at GE Aviation’s Additive Lean Lab where she worked on production process development for metal 3D printing.

Aside from her research, Katy has found leadership roles in student government where she currently serves at the Vice-President of Speed School Student Council and an SGA Senator. Through these positions she enjoys opportunities to work with her fellow students to increase campus involvement while planning E-Expo, the largest outreach program for Speed School. Thanks to her involvement in engineering student government, Katy was elected to serve the Southeast Region of the National Association of Engineering Student Councils as the 2014-2015 Vice-President of Administration.

Furthermore, in 2013, Katy traveled to Cebu, Philippines to install a Water Step system, provide dental care, and teach local children about the importance of healthy living, engineering, and building a better future with the International Service Learning Program. Additionally, Katy serves as an Admissions Ambassador, Shadow Host, and works with the Leadership Advantage Program.

Sponsored by the Speed School Student Council, Katy was named a top 5 finalist for Homecoming Queen in 2014.

Outside of Speed School, Katy serves as a Cardinal Host where she is an Ambassador for the University President's office and works at various events across the campus and community. She has been fortunate to have the opportunity to present to the Board of Trustees, President’s Fall Outreach Tour, and Speed School Industrial Board of Advisors. Katy was also selected as the 2013 Freshman of the Year.  Away from school, Katy is currently pursuing her Private Pilot’s License. Having been raised on a farm in the one-stoplight town of Hanson, KY, Katy enjoys raising mules and horses, baking, and working with children.

Megan Spencer, Outstanding Young Engineer in Bioengineering

October 17, 2014

Megan Spencer is currently a Project Management Engineer at Boston Scientific in Spencer, Indiana. She received her degree in Bioengineering from the University of Louisville and has aspirations of completing an MBA in the future.  She is a strong advocate of continuous personal and professional development.

In her time with Boston Scientific she has had the opportunity to be a part of new product launches in the areas of Women’s health and Endoscopy, to learn the “art of extrusion” and manufacturing and currently works to reduce product costs and improve quality by leading design and process improvements.  She has also had the privilege to recruit and work with co-op students from all over the country including the University of Louisville.  Throughout these experiences she has learned to be a strong mentor and leader in her field.

When she isn’t scoping upcoming projects, Megan advocates the Young Professionals and Women’s Networks within the Boston Scientific community.  She also enjoys participating in the Corporate Athletic Challenge each year and enjoys tennis and cycling.

David Bradley receives Professional Award in Chemical Engineering

October 17, 2014

David A. Bradley is currently Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director of Nexeo Solutions Holdings, and Member of Executive Committee of Nexeo Solutions, LLC. Bradley earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from Speed School in December 1993.

He went to work in 1994 with GE Plastics (now SABIC), the company where he had co-oped. There he served as the Lexan Manufacturing Manager at GE Plastics’ Mount Vernon, Indiana, site. During his time at GE Plastics, Mr. Bradley served in a variety of leadership positions including roles in business process development, engineering and Six Sigma. In 2004 he moved to Kraton Performance Polymers where over the next 7 years he held several key executive positions including, Vice President of Business Transformation, Vice President of Global Operations, and Chief Operating Officer.

In 2011 he became CEO and President of Nexeo Solutions, an international distributor of chemicals, plastics, composites and environmental services based in Texas.  In his role as CEO, Bradley oversees the strategic direction of Nexeo’s operations across the globe. His 20 years of industry experience includes multiple executive roles involving Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, business transformation, business process development, and operations.

In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids partaking in their favorite hobbies, skiing and golf. They reside in Houston, Texas.

Rusty Crosier awarded Outstanding Young Engineer for Civil & Environmental Engineering

October 17, 2014

Rusty Crosier is currently working at MAC Construction & Excavating, Inc. located in New Albany, Indiana. He is Vice President Operations and is also an officer of the company. Crosier began working at MAC as a Project Manager in 2007.  While working as a Project Manager, he completed numerous projects.  One project completed was the Indiana Department of Transportation Project R-29086-A, State Road 62. This $2,561,844.00 project consisted of intersection improvements with added turn lanes on SR 62 & Brook Road.  He also over saw a project for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. This $17,187,043.00 project consisted of superstructure repairs to the Kennedy Bridge including the Kentucky approach bridge and the Indiana approach bridge.

Before coming to MAC, Crosier managed numerous bridge projects throughout Indiana and Kentucky including rehabilitation of the Cannelton, Indiana Bridge over the Ohio River and the Cataract Reservoir in Owen Co., Indiana along with other heavy highway and bridge projects.

Crosier earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 2002 and his Master of Engineering degree in 2004. He is registered in the State of Kentucky as a Professional Engineer.
Residing in Elizabeth (IN), Crosier and his wife (Lacy) have three children: Austin, Hadley and Brayden. Crosier enjoys volunteering and coaching children in soccer and basketball at the YMCA in Harrison Co., Indiana.  He also volunteers with the Destination Imagination Group, a non-profit, volunteer-led organization which inspires and equips children to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.

Ciliberti-Riedling honored with Professional Award in Computer Engineering / Computer Science

October 17, 2014

Angela Ciliberti-Riedling is currently Sr. Director of Information Systems at RehabCare, a division of Kindred Healthcare based in Louisville, Ky.

In 2014, Ciliberti-Riedling oversaw the completion of the rollout of iPad mini devices to RehabCare’s therapists as part of the therapy management solution to capture patient services and as the payroll system for their therapists.  Ciliberti-Riedling is now integrating RehabCare’s therapy management system with hospital and nursing center Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems with over 500 interfaces already in place. In addition, she is building IS product roadmaps for each line of business within RehabCare, aligning the technology solution set with quarterly and yearly business goals. While at Kindred, Ciliberti-Riedling has led the rehab customer support team, clinical systems development teams for both the rehab and nursing center divisions, and multiple acquisition teams through the integration of disparate systems.

Prior to Kindred Healthcare, Ciliberti-Riedling, founded her IT consulting and software development company, Silicon River Technologies with 3 former colleagues from J.B. Speed School of Engineering. In 2003, Ciliberti-Riedling also co-founded Silicon River GeoDesigns, which created and published the Louisville Metro Tech Map showcasing the area’s technology companies in a 3D-landscape visualization. During this time, Ciliberti-Riedling served as President for the Louisville Women in Technology and as Technology Chair for the Louisville Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Prior to moving back to Louisville to start her own company, Ciliberti-Riedling joined a start-up company in San Jose, CA, Netfish Technologies, a business-to-business solution provider, to learn what it takes to start a company. Ciliberti-Riedling was employee #29 and was a part of growing the company to over 200 employees and expanding the customer base from San Jose to the East region and Europe.

Ciliberti-Riedling worked for several Fortune 500 companies such as Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, MI in their IT management training program and Unisys Corporation in Santa Clara, CA in their Capacity Planning department for their low-end servers.

She received her B.S. in Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science in 1993 from J.B. Speed School of Engineering, M.Eng in 1994 and received her PMP certification in 2010.

Ciliberti-Riedling and her husband of 21 years, T. Shawn Riedling, have 3 children.

Professional Award in Electrical & Computer Engineering presented to Rudy Lewis

October 17, 2014

Since June 2012 Rudolph (Rudy) C. Lewis is a vice president of Systems Modernization and Sustainment (SMS), a mission area of Raytheon Company’s Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) business unit.  Previously he was vice president of Custom Engineering and Depot Support (CEDS) a product line in Raytheon’s Technical Services Company.

Lewis began his Raytheon career in June 2010 as CEDS director of depot support systems.  Previously, he served 11 years with ITT Corporation in various senior leadership roles.

Before joining ITT, Lewis spent 14 years in a variety of leadership positions with Lockheed Martin, Martin Marietta and General Electric.  He also held several technical positions with Hughes and Bechtel.

Throughout his career, Lewis has had direct operational experience in the business development, engineering, manufacturing, contracts, customer service and marketing communications disciplines.  He has extensive experience in both domestic U.S. and international markets.

Lewis has significant international leadership experience for technology development and insertion for countries such as Canada, Mexico, Morocco, England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Croatia, Finland, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, Israel, Kazakhstan, Norway, Tunisia, Egypt, Republic of Georgia, South Africa, Botswana, Ethiopia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.

Lewis holds two degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville: a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree.
He is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association of the US Army, and the National Defense Industrial Association.

Rudy is married to Rosalind, also a Speed School graduate, and they have two sons, Damon and Desmond.

Charles Noon receives Professional Award in Industrial Engineering

October 17, 2014

Charles (Chuck) Noon is the Regal Entertainment Group Professor of Business and currently serves as head of the department of Business Analytics and Statistics at the University of Tennessee.

A Louisville native, Dr. Noon graduated from University of Louisville’s Speed School in 1982 after completing his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Industrial Engineering. As part of these degree programs, he completed his cooperative internships at the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati.  During his final year at UofL, he also gained process improvement experience working part time for a healthcare consulting company based in Michigan.  After graduating from Speed School, he attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Ph.D. in Industrial & Operations Engineering with a focus on Operations Research.

Dr. Noon joined the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee (UT) in 1987 as an assistant professor in the Management Science Program. His early research involved the development of algorithms for solving difficult optimization problems that arise within vehicle routing applications. His funded work concerned spatial analysis and transportation modeling for prospective biomass supply chains.

In 1998, Dr. Noon was part of a faculty team that developed UT’s innovative and highly-ranked Physician Executive MBA program. This endeavor rekindled his interest in healthcare operations improvement and he continues to play a leading role in the program to this day. To complement his academic work, he co-founded X32 Healthcare, LLC which provides education and consulting services to healthcare systems on process improvement, patient flow, capacity planning, and staff scheduling. Through his work with X32, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and UT’s executive education programs, Dr. Noon has worked with hundreds of healthcare organizations throughout North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East.  Dr. Noon is co-author of a leading book on emergency department operations improvement.

In addition to his work in healthcare, Dr. Noon also teaches in his department’s Masters and PhD programs.  He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and has published extensively in the areas of optimization modeling and operations improvement. In his current leadership role, Dr. Noon has facilitated the design and implementation of new degree programs in Business Analytics.

Professional Award in Mechanical Engineering recipient for 2014 is Gerald Hubbs

October 17, 2014

Gerald (Jerry) Hubbs was born in Tell City, IN and moved to Louisville at the age of two.  He earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Speed School in 1964.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned an ensign through Officer Candidate School (OCS) and served in the Navy Civil Engineering Corp; he was on active duty in San Diego and DaNang, Vietnam.  He ended his Navy career at the rank of Commander 05.  He then began his civilian career at Brown Forman in Louisville, where he served in a number of roles including manager of bottling operations/packaging and eventually as vice president of engineering.

While at Brown Forman, he earned an M.Eng. degree from the Speed School in Mechanical Engineering (1976) and was granted a patent.  In the 1980’s, he generously started the Hubbs Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

He retired from Brown Forman in 2002 but has continued his active participation in the community.  Hubbs has served as the president and founding member of the NSA DaNang Veterans Association.  He has been actively involved in the Boy Scouts (troop 194), the Hand-in-Hand Ministries, and Habitat for Humanity.  He also serves as a volunteer engineer for new, local businesses.

Jerry and Mary Ann, his wife of fifty years, have five children (two of whom are SSE grads) and sixteen grandchildren.

Cook Medical presented with Outstanding Corporate Partner award

October 17, 2014

The 2014 recipient for the Outstanding Industry Partner Award is Cook Medical, Inc. This award is in recognition of Cook Medical’s key strategic partnership with Speed School in providing co-op and permanent employment opportunities for our students, critical input to improve the engineering quality and rigor of our curriculum, and its impressive contributions to the educational and research missions of Speed School.

Through its collaborations with our faculty, and its active participation in our cooperative internship program, Cook Medical has helped expose our students to cutting edge research, the means and methods of creating and protecting intellectual property, dissemination of research findings and the importance of pursuing graduate education. In particular, Mr. Don Rodda’s contribution as a member of the Bioengineering External Advisory Board has been crucial to the department successfully achieving ABET accreditation at both the Bachelors and Masters levels, and we appreciate his participation in the several ABET visits we have had over the past four years. Dr. Sean Chamber’s participation as a member of the Oversight Committee for the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Partnership Program and his collaborations with faculty in the Department of Bioengineering have contributed greatly to our overall research mission by helping faculty to be more successful in the design development, manufacturing and commercialization of their proposed products. Through these collaborations, our faculty have been able to bring in over $500,000 in additional research funding through the KSEF and SBIR programs

EL-Barkouky earns Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies

Ahmed EL-Barkouky, recipient of the Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies, gives his remarks during the December 2014 Hooding Ceremony.

December 18, 2014

Speed School graduate student Ahmed EL-Barkouky received the highest award from UofL’s School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS), The Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies. As winner of the award, EL-Barkouky had the special honor of carrying the SIGS’s banner at both the Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremonies in December, as well as providing remarks at the Hooding Ceremony.

Ahmed EL-Barkouky is an electrical engineer with twelve years of research and teaching experience in Computer Vision, Image Processing and Engineering Mathematics. He received his B.S. degree with distinction in electrical engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2002. After graduation, he started his academic career teaching and conducting research at the Department of Engineering Mathematics, Ain Shams University where he received a post graduate diploma in Engineering Mathematics in 2004 and the M.S. degree in Engineering Mathematics in 2009. His research focus was on image understanding through mathematical modelling where he developed a license plate recognition system.

In 2010, Ahmed joined the PhD program in electrical engineering at the University of Louisville. He finished his class work with a GPA of 4.0 and passed the qualifying exam with a score of 393 out of 400. He continued his research in Computer Vision and Image Processing as a research assistant at the CVIP laboratory. He played a key role in the Biometric Optical Surveillance System (BOSS Project) in collaboration with EWA Government Systems, Inc. The project was funded by the Department of Homeland Security with a budget of $ 5.2 million for designing the hardware and software of a face recognition system at large distances. The project was recognized in New York Times article in August 2013. Ahmed developed the face detection module of the system and published different stages of the development in IJCB 2011, CVPRW 2012 and BTAS 2012. Recently, he developed Selective Part Models for the detection and recognition of partially occluded faces, published in ICIP 2014. Ahmed also worked on the Autism Robotics Project at the CVIP lab in collaboration with the Bluegrass autism center where he used the humanoid robot Nao to help in teaching children with autism. Face recognition was also used in this project for natural human robot interaction. The two projects were recognized with other CVIP lab projects in the spring, 2014 issue of the University of Louisville Alumni magazine.

Ahmed served as a teaching assistant for several classes at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. He designed a new robotic competition that was used as the final project for the autonomous robotics class in 2013.

During his PhD program at the University of Louisville, Ahmed received seven different awards including: Dissertation Completion Fellowship from SIGS for summer/fall 2014, The Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the dean of students in 2014, The Diebold research award from the Speed School of Engineering in 2014, The Theobald Scholarship award from the ECE department in 2014, Second Place at the Engineering-Expo in 2014, The Outstanding Student Employee Award from the dean of students in 2013 and First Place at the graduate research symposium in 2013. Ahmed also participated in the Grant Writing Academy in fall 2013 and helped in writing several grant proposals at the CVIP lab. He also participated in many PLAN workshops and served as a panelist in one of the PLAN workshops. He is currently participating in the Entrepreneurship Academy. He served as a volunteer in two major conferences and has been a reviewer in several journals in his field. Ahmed has a faculty position at Ain Shams University where he plans to continue his teaching and research journey.