2015 Features

Speed School Teams Up for Success on The UofL Quiz Bowl

The members of the 2015 Quiz Bowl team.

February 15, 2015

The UofL Quiz Bowl is an academic team equipped with a group of individuals that work together to prepare for national competitions where they have to answer questions about a wide-range of subjects (everything from history to chemistry to philosophy to pop culture).

Speed School students have been major contributors to The UofL Quiz Bowl Team, since its inception. Over the years, the teams has had some phenomenal students from Speed. Matt Ball (CheE) and Torrence Williams (IE) were part of the foundation in 2009 and were instrumental into the team’s early success. After that, Austin Brownlow (ECE) teamed with Nick Hammond (CheE) and Ramapriya Rangaraju (CECS) to lead the team to its greatest success to date; last month The UofL Quiz Bowl Team swept both divisions of the Kentucky Collegiate Quick Recall League (KCQRL) tournament.

Nick Hammond, club president, believes the team’s recent success is due to the new divide and conquer strategy. Instead of preparing individually for every subject, team members have compromised by electing specialization, as a team, this increases the chances of winning.

“It is very important knowing what your subjects are. That strategy and hard work is what led our Division I team last year (made up of Lindsey Hastings, Austin Brownlow, Ramapriya Rangaraju, and I) to qualify for nationals.”, said Nick Hammond. "Their preparation is intense, twice a week the team gets together and go over questions from past tournaments, and in addition the students will study on their own throughout the week."

Speed School students know hard work; engineering demands it. When preparing for a team competition engineering students have an advantage, their training and disciple makes them great team players; in engineering, team work is fundamental.

UofL is leading both Division I and Division II at the halfway point of the 2014-2015 KCQRL season. The team resumes tournament play Feb. 21 at EKU.

If you are interested in joining the team please contact Matt Church . For information, schedule, results, team members, support personnel and more please visit the facebook page.

Speed School Faculty Share their Fulbright Experiences

University of Louisville faculty members were awarded for Fulbright sponsored programs overseas, they are now back on campus with stories to share.

Kyung A. Kang

Dr. Kang, professor and graduate program director of Chemical Engineering Department, JB Speed School of Engineering, was granted a Fulbright Senior Lecture Award/Visiting Professorship to the University of Oviedo in Oviedo, Spain. The University has three main campuses and research centers. She was stationed in the Department of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering, the School of Chemistry. She was impressed with the multidisciplinary academic program, the research facilities at the University of Oviedo; she found the students were highly motivated to learn.

Dr. Kang’s main tasks for this Fulbright project were to develop and teach special courses for the fourth year undergraduate students in the Biotechnology Program, and also for the graduate students in the School of Chemistry. The students were instructed in English to provide them with the oral communication skills in English. Students were taught how to initiate a research project; how to work in a group; how to prepare facility information required for the project, professional biographies, budgets and budget justifications, and technical documents to propose a research project.  She also participated in teaching biotechnology lab courses designed by multi-disciplinary faculty members. She felt this course was well designed and offering these lab courses in U.S. universities would be of great benefit for biengineering students, also as a “certificate offering course” for biotech industry employees via the Continuing Education Programs.

Dr. Kang also visited various research institutes (e.g., universities of Zaragoza, Granada, and Barcelona, as well as the host university) and gave seminars on her own research because she felt it was important to share research activities in two countries. This effort resulted in a joint research project with the University of Zaragoza.

The University of Oviedo is supported by the Spanish Government and the tuition is kept very low. Due to the current financial crisis in Spain, this year faculty salaries were cut significantly. “I heard no complaints because they realized the seriousness about their current situation,” says Dr. Kang; “Everyone was dedicated and great to work with”

Dr. Kang enjoyed her stay in Spain very much. She found people were nice, the country was beautiful and culturally rich, and food was excellent (she really liked Spanish Tapas.

Dr. Kang encourages other faculty to apply for Fulbright programs to have more global visions. It also provides a great opportunity for research collaborations and for exchanging in faculty and students

Dr. Kang still keeps contact with the University in Oviedo; she has been trying to recruit graduate students for the UofL Chemical Engineering programs.

Jacek M. Zurada

Dr. Zurada, professor of electrical and computer engineering, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, 2013 Vice President-Elect for Technical Activities at the prestigious professional organization known as IEEE, was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant from the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. He was chosen to visit the University of Catania, Italy, where he conducted seminars on computational learning, data mining and computational intelligence tools for data mining; participated in workshops; worked with undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students, and mentored junior faculty. Dr. Zurada was impressed by the University of Catania’s strengths as a premier metropolitan research university and its interdisciplinary profile. The UC engineering programs were of high quality, with traditional research and publication engagements; students were very well prepared.

While in Catania, Dr. Zurada was invited to tour the UC Seismic Center that monitors volcano Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano, located on the eastern side of Sicily. He was very impressed by the research facility; this experience and having to walk from his residence to work every day (“felt like a daily workout due to Catania’s steep hills”) were among the two most entertaining.

Dr. Zurada sees the value of this project has been in its wide impact and cross-fertilization of research and publishing activity. It has increased expertise at the host university that had not been available locally in Catania; the series of several in-discipline seminars and publication-oriented workshops has enhanced general research effectiveness of young local researchers.

“I learned that even at quality institutions such as the University of Catania there are unmet needs that this Fulbright program can fill out. In turn, I also learned that their EE program offers courses that would benefit our students at the University of Louisville” says Dr. Zurada.

In Spring of 2014, Dr. Zurada is expecting a PhD Scholar from Catania to collaborate with on his research.

Brent Stucker

Dr. Stucker, Professor and Clark Chair of Computer Aided Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, JB Speed School of Engineering, was awarded the Fulbright-VTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation. He was asked to visit Findland’s globally networked multi-technological contract research facilities. VTT is dedicated to providing high-end technology solutions and innovation services to a broad range of industries worldwide. Dr. Stucker’s specialty and extensive experience in additive manufacturing (AM) made him the perfect candidate for this opportunity. VTT was able to utilize Dr. Stucker’s expertise from Jan 1 to June 30, 2013 by working with Dr. Stucker to develop a research and development road-map for successful implementation of AM in Finland and through offering companies in Finland the opportunity to meet with Dr. Stucker for consultation regarding advanced manufacturing technologies relevant and available to their particular needs.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is an applied research organization with research labs sponsored by the Finnish government. They provide a variety of technological services to their customers’ businesses by providing them with access to a cross-disciplinary technological and business expertise, unique research facilities and high-end resources, and comprehensive partnership networks. In addition, they help promote the creation of new business in Finland.

Dr. Stucker traveled to Finland accompanied by his family; he was able to enjoy his stay as a tourist both professionally and personally. “I wanted my family to enjoy our time there”, “This was a win-win situation, where I was able to secure approximately $2M of funding to UofL while my family and I were experiencing sharing a 900 sq-ft living space in a foreign culture,” Dr. Stucker says. Due to the duties assigned to him, he had the opportunity to visit different cities while in Finland to visit companies interested in AM and its impact on their business. In addition to providing consulting services, he gave talks about international research and partnership opportunities regarding additive manufacturing. Assessing different companies and advising on how they can make use of the resources they already had to improve what they produce in a cost-effective way, not only had value for the companies but for Dr. Stucker who gathered a lot of insight from this experience and was able to develop partnerships for future endeavors.

Engineering Improvements In Permeable Pavement Performance

Graduate students Hamidreza Kazemi Ph.D., Amir Ehsaei Ph.D., Sam Abdollahian and Ata Radfar wiring a data logger for installed sensors.

May 21, 2015In communities served by Combined Sewer Systems (CSSs), Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) may occur during heavy rain events.

These CSO events can cause exceedances of water quality standards and may pose a threat to public health and safety. Locally, Louisville Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has begun examining Green Infrastructure (GI) stormwater solutions to reduce surface runoff volume that enters into the CSS and mitigate the number of CSO events.

Dr. Rockaway, faculty member from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is collaborating with the Louisville Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) to determine the actual stormwater benefits of green infrastructure utilizing field data. This research is providing more efficient designs and maintenance procedures for Green Infrastructure (GI) Stormwater Control Measures (SCM) to address the CSO’s in Louisville.

“The data we are collecting from the permeable pavements helps us to understand the clogging mechanisms and thus optimize maintenance operations,” said Rockaway.

The initial phase of the project installed two permeable pavement SCMs along the parking lanes of Adams Street, each over a gravel filled storage gallery that filtrated captured water to adjacent soils in December 2011. To quantify the long-term hydrological performances of the systems, they were embedded with electronic sensors.

Rockaway said, “While the surface of Permeable pavement SCM appeared to be clogged and non-functioning, it was still capturing 1/3 of the stormwater runoff flowing across its surface.”

Graduate student Amir Ehsaei Ph.D. installing moisture sensors in underlying storage gallery.The rate of clogging at the surface of the permeable pavement and the changes in GI exfiltration performance over time are being monitored and studied by Dr. Rockaways’ team to assess the overall effectiveness of the GI SCM systems in urban environments. As stormwater runoff flows into the SCMs, the water level rises quickly inside the GI control and gradually drops as the water exfiltrates into the surrounding soil layers.

Careful analysis of data recorded provided the opportunity to investigate the long-term performance of surface infiltration and subsurface exfiltration rates. As expected, as the debris carried from stormwater runoff clogs the surface of the SCM the surface infiltration decreases and reduces the volume of captured stormwater. Interestingly, analysis indicated that while the clogging had progressed the full length of the SCM, it was able to capture about a 1/3 of the stormwater runoff flowing across its surface. This information can be used to more precisely determine when cleaning and maintenance operations are needed.

Within the two years of data assessed, Dr. Rockaway’s team is seeing minor degraded performance of these systems and more effective control systems. Thanks to these research efforts, approximately 400,000 gallons of stormwater runoff have been captured and diverted out of Louisville’s combined sewer system.

Microfluidics in the McNamara Dream Lab

Design and Research of Exciting Applications in Microsystems (DREAM) Laboratory

Prototype containing a 15x15 element array of microvalvesThe manipulation of gases and liquids are a common goal of engineering.  Dr. Shamus McNamara’s lab, located in the Shumaker Research Building, focuses on the manipulation of gases and, to a lesser extent, liquids on the microscale.  There are many applications for gas microsystems, including toxic gas detectors for maintaining a healthy work environment, breath analyzers for improving health care, and for pneumatic systems on the microscale, similar to how factories commonly use pneumatic systems for a variety of actuations.

In the project featured here, the McNamara lab is working with Tactile Analogics, LLC to develop a reconfigurable tactile tablet for vision-impaired individuals.  The individual places his/her hand over the tactile tablet and senses the flow of air through an array of channels, where each channel may be open or closed.  This is analogous to the way electronic displays create an array of black and white pixels to display an image.  The challenge is that conventional pneumatic valves are discrete devices that must be assembled, are centimeter sized, require approximately 1 W of power, and cost tens of dollars.  To create a 100 x 100 array would require a large volume, be very hard to assemble, require 10 kW of power, and be prohibitively expensive.  To address these problems, the McNamara lab is developing an array of microvalves based on MEMS technology that are millimeter sized and require very little power.  Just as valuable, the entire array is created simultaneously on a single substrate using microfabrication techniques in the Micro-Nano Technology Center cleanroom.  This means that the array does not need to be assembled.

McNamara believes that this tactile tablet will have a beneficial outcome to vision-impaired individuals in work and education by making it easier to communicate ideas and concepts by conveying virtual images.

Speed School enters partnership with West End School to provide maker space, mentors, and equipment

The J.B. Speed School of Engineering has signed an agreement with the West End School to build a maker space and equip that space with 3D-printers, tools, gadgets and gizmos. Speed School will develop engineering curriculum and current engineering students will serve as mentors and weekly tutors.

The West End School (WES) is an academically rigorous, free boarding school for kindergarten through 8th grade in Louisville. It was founded by Robert and Debbie Blair in 2005.

"This project is a signature partnership that provides mutual benefits to WES and UofL," said John Usher, acting dean of Speed School. "It is an opportunity for UofL to engage with the community to assist with elementary education and provides engineering students the opportunity to mentor young kids and encourage them to work hard to prepare themselves to pursue an engineering degree."

A $150,000 gift was secured to fund the project. As part of the agreement, 5 full-tuition Speed School scholarships to qualified applicants will be offered to alumni of the West End School.

The partnership will provide a fun educational environment for WES students to learn new skills through hands on activities and understand the importance of STEM in the world of the future.

Erica Hides, Outstanding Young Engineer in Bioengineering

Erica Hides is the 2015 Outstanding Young Engineer in Bioengineering.October 23, 2015

Erica Hides is an engineer within DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction, where her focus is the development of total hip replacement products. Erica earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering Degrees in Bioengineering from the University of Louisville in 2009 and 2010.

Erica currently serves as a Quality Engineer within DePuy Synthes with responsibilities to lead process verification efforts in collaboration with vendors and to design inspection plans for purchased product. Prior to transitioning to Quality Engineering, Erica was a New Product Development Engineer and led a line extension project with over 100 implant product codes through launch. Throughout her time at DePuy Synthes, Erica has had the opportunity to author components of U.S and International regulatory submissions and support multiple quality system audits.

Outside of work, Erica is a national member of the Society of Women Engineers and is active in the Northeast Indiana chapter. In 2014, she earned a Master of Science Degree focusing on Orthopedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs. Erica is married to David, who is a 2010 graduate of Speed School’s Computer Engineering and Computer Science department. They live in Northern Indiana and enjoy volunteering in their church, running, and kayaking.

Molly Hemmeter receives Professional Award in Chemical Engineering

October 23, 2015

Molly Hemmeter was presented with the Professional Award in Engineering (PAE) for Chemical Engineering during the 2015 Speed School Homecoming celebration held October 23 at the University Club.

The award is based on outstanding career performance in engineering, exceptional efforts by an individual to foster the professional development of young engineering college students. exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering; and individual contributions to technical engineering knowledge.

Hemmeter is currently President and CEO of Landec Corporation, a public company (NASDEQ: LNDC) with revenues of over $500mm focused on the development of health and wellness solutions in the food and biomaterials markets. Ms. Hemmeter is originally from Fort Thomas, Kentucky where she lived with her parents and four siblings. She earned a BS in 1989 and a MEng in 1990  in Chemical Engineering from Speed School at the University of Louisville. Ms. Hemmeter received an MBA from Harvard in 1995.

She began her work experience through the Speed School cooperative internship program with Dow Chemical and was sponsored by Exxon Corporation for her graduate thesis. Upon her graduation in 1990 from Speed School, she worked for Eli Lilly in Indiana as a process engineer, where she learned that she had a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. After earning her MBA, she accepted a senior marketing position within the consumer products division of Bausch & Lomb in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has lived for the past 20 years. In 1997, she co-founded and served as Chief Marketing Officer for a B2B Internet company, CriticalArc Technologies, which was eventually acquired by Nova Networks. She then joined Siterra Corporation as the VP of Strategy and Marketing. Siterra was an early stage technology startup that experienced rapid growth and was acquired by Accruent Technologies.

In 2006, Hemmeter became VP of Global Marketing and Business Development at Ashland where she led the development of new product innovation from ideation to commercialization. In 2009, she joined Landec Corporation where she was Chief Commercial Officer. In 2014, she became Chief Operating Officer and was recently elected as Landec’s Chief Executive Officer.

Hemmeter lives in the Bay Area with her partner, Robert, and their three children Miles (17), Ryan (16) and Mason (14), who are very active in basketball, soccer and golf. The couple enjoys spending time in the outdoors and with their children.

Dale Bratcher awarded Professional Award in Civil Engineering

October 23, 2015

Collen Dale Bratcher has been awarded the Professional Award in Engineering (PAE) for Civil Engineering. His wife, Alice Bratcher, accepted the award on his behalf during the 2015 Speed School Homecoming celebration held October 23 at the University Club.

The award is based on outstanding career performance in engineering, exceptional efforts by an individual to foster the professional development of young engineering college students. exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering; and individual contributions to technical engineering knowledge.

Bratcher is a registered Land Surveyor, Civil Engineer, Industrial Engineer, and Sanitary Engineer.  He retired as Director of the Public Works Engineering Division of the Naval Ordnance Plant and as Captain in the U. S. Navy Reserves.

Prior to his career as Director of Public Works, he was in the consulting engineering field for several years. He served on the Kentucky State Board of Engineering for nine years and during that time the Dean of Engineering from UofL made him a member of the Speed School Industrial Board of Advisors.  He received the 1980 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award presented by the National Council of Engineering Examiners.

He was elected for membership in Tau Beta Pi and served on the State Board of Directors as State Director of the Louisville Chapter; served as chairman of KSPE Awards Committee, Guidance and Scholarship Committee, as well as KSPE Secretary. Bratcher earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1955. While at Speed School, he was active in A.S.C.E.; NROTC; Eagle and Anchor Society;  and  participated in Engineers’ Day, now known as E-Expo. In 1972, Bratcher received his Master of Engineering with specialization in the field of Civil Engineering.

Bratcher is a professional watercolorist artist and has had many art shows in the United States as well as Doncaster, England.  Two books have been published this year in regards to his memoirs and art career.  He is listed in the Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in Engineering.

In his spare time, Dale enjoyed golf and travel in Europe and US with his wife and friends.  Dale hiked and went on raft trips in the Grand Canyon for over 15 years.  A resident of Louisville, Kentucky since 1946 and was born in Rockport, Kentucky.

Tarek El-Sadany honored with Professional Award in Computer Engineering / Computer Science

October 23, 2015

Tarek El-Sadany was presented with the Professional Award in Engineering (PAE) for Computer Engineering and Computer Science during the 2015 Speed School Homecoming celebration held October 23 at the University Club.

The award is based on outstanding career performance in engineering, exceptional efforts by an individual to foster the professional development of young engineering college students. exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering; and individual contributions to technical engineering knowledge.

El-Sadany has broad experience in product development and support in the private and public sectors.He is the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Unisys, a global information technology company with over 20,000 employees worldwide.

He served as vice president of Global Product Support Services for Oracle Corporation, leading an organization that provided technical support for Oracle’s suite of more than 400 software and technology products, serving 250,000 enterprise clients in 55 countries worldwide.

El-Sadany was also chief operating officer and chief technology officer at Remedy Informatics, a leading provider of software solutions that apply data analytics to patient registries to facilitate research in life sciences and healthcare. In addition to overseeing corporate operations, he drove all technology and product development for the company.

He has held founding and senior leadership positions at Datacme Corporation and TenFold Corporation. Both companies created software platforms for efficient, model-based development of enterprise applications. He began his IT career working on international software projects at IBM.

El-Sadany has also held senior posts in the Egyptian government. He served as chairman and CEO of the Egypt National Post, overseeing an organization responsible for postal-service logistics and private banking, with 65,000 employees and $25 billion in investments. Earlier, he was CEO of the Egyptian government’s Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, charged with achieving the country’s strategic technology objectives and developing its IT industry. In that role he managed centers focused on advanced technologies, including cloud computing, mobile application development, nanotechnology and technology incubation.

He earned a PhD in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering in 1994.

El-Sadany and his wife, Speed alumna Safaa El-Gendy (MS, Computer Science, 1994), have 2 sons and a daughter.

Professional Award in Electrical & Computer Engineering presented to Robert A. Burckle

October 23, 2015

Robert A. Burckle was presentedthe Professional Award in Engineering (PAE) for Electrical and Computer Engineering during the 2015 Speed School Homecoming celebration held October 23 at the University Club.

The award is based on outstanding career performance in engineering, exceptional efforts by an individual to foster the professional development of young engineering college students. exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering; and individual contributions to technical engineering knowledge.

He is vice president of WinSystems, a designer and manufacturer of embedded computer hardware. He has over 30 years of electronics experience in the embedded market. Burckle earned a MBA in marketing from North Texas State University in 1980 and both a master and bachelor degree in electrical engineering from the University of Louisville in 1973.

Burckle began his career as a design engineer and installation team member for the first computers used in police cars while at Kustom Electronics.

He then joined Systems Research Labs as a design engineer and project manager for various projects at Wright Patterson Air Force Base including passive countermeasures, anti-jam communications systems, test and measurement instrumentation, hybrid computer systems and computer interfaces to custom hardware.

Burckle moved to Mostek Corporation as an applications engineer and marketing manager for microcomputer processors and single board computers before joining Harris Corporation as product manager.

He has spent the last 32 as vice president of WinSystems, Inc., a US manufacturer of industry-standard single board computers which operate in harsh environments from -40º to +85º C. Burckle has authored numerous technical articles in electronics trade journals and he is a board member of various industry trade associations and led the project to define a industry embedded computer format called “EPIC”.

Burckle is currently President of Eastern European Mission (EEM) which provides Bibles and Biblical literature in more than 20 languages to nations of the former Communist Bloc. He also serves as president of Character International which is responsible for implementing Character development training to educators and students in Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe.

He and his wife have been married for 40 years and have two children and one grandchild.

Michael W. Golway receives Professional Award in Industrial Engineering

October 23, 2015

Michael W. Golway was presented with the Professional Award in Engineering (PAE) for Industrial Engineering during the 2015 Speed School Homecoming celebration held October 23 at the University Club.

The award is based on outstanding career performance in engineering, exceptional efforts by an individual to foster the professional development of young engineering college students. exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering; and individual contributions to technical engineering knowledge.

Golway is an American entrepreneur, engineer and inventor. In November 2000, at the age of 31, Michael acquired his first technology company, IDS Engineering. The company had 2 employees with a focused business model of work flow consulting services. Today, he is President & CEO of Advanced Solutions, Inc., which is a privately held company he acquired in November 2004, and parent company to an aggregate of technology businesses, including IDS Engineering.

His passion is building and acquiring great technology companies, while growing market share through value innovation. He is the lead inventor for the integrated solution of BioAssemblyBot® and TSIM™, a 6-Axis Robotic 3D Printing System for Human Tissue Structures. Golway has over two decades of experience leading multi-disciplined engineering, consulting and technology firms.He earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science in 1992. A year later Golway earned a Master of Engineering with specialization in Industrial Engineering. He became a Kentucky Professional Engineer in 2000.

Golway is a current member of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering Industrial Board of Advisors (IBA).

Married since 1992, he and his high school sweetheart, Renee, have three children.

Professional Award in Mechanical Engineering recipient for 2015 is Andrew H. Susemichel

October 23, 2015

Andrew H. Susemichel was presented with the Professional Award in Engineering (PAE) for Mechanical Engineering during the 2015 Speed School Homecoming celebration held October 23 at the University Club.

The award is based on outstanding career performance in engineering, exceptional efforts by an individual to foster the professional development of young engineering college students. exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering; and individual contributions to technical engineering knowledge.

Susemichel is the President and managing principal of E-Max, Inc. in Louisville. He is a Certified Energy Manager and a Professional Engineer, licensed in KY, NC, IN and OH. He earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School. Susemichel held co-op engineering positions at International Nickel, International Harvester and LG&E Energy. Susemichel was an engineer at Ford Motor Company before he became instructor of mechanical engineering at University of Louisville. He started Susemichel Engineering in 1969. That firm is now E-Max, Inc.

His energy engineering experience began in 1974 with the anchor insulator process for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. In 2005, Susemichel led the development of a simple, reliable, non-proprietary, expandable energy control called the E-Max Energy $aver, which is now operating in over 2,000 quick serve-restaurants nationwide. The Energy $aver Model 200 is in current development and is set to launch soon.

E-Max currently holds the contract with LG&E Energy and Kentucky Utilities to process and review on demand side management rebates for their commercial customers across Kentucky. E-Max has held contracts for these two utilities for other commercial energy engineering projects since 1994.

In 1977, Susemichel was chosen Young Engineer of the Year by the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers. In 1978, the National Society of Professional Engineers chose the Trans Alaska Pipeline project as one of it’s Top 10 Engineering Achievement Awards. Also in 1978, Susemichel Engineering received two awards from the American Society of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), called the Gateway to Energy Award, given for the engineering of the new Robinson Nugent factory and office in New Albany, Indiana.
In 1984, Susemichel Engineering designed the energy management system that awarded Jefferson County Public Schools the “The Best Energy Management System of Schools receiving DOE ISP Program” given by the United States Department of Energy.

For relaxation, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and family at their lake house in North Carolina where they enjoy boating and hiking.  Andrew and his wife Joan, have one daughter and granddaughter and reside in Louisville, Kentucky.

CMTA, Inc. presented with Outstanding Corporate Partner award

October 23, 2015

The 2015 recipient for the Outstanding Industry Partner Award is CMTA, Inc.. This award is in recognition of CMTA’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 and the university in general.

CMTA is 53rd largest mechanical, electrical, plumbing consulting firm in North America. As a top 100 MEP consulting firm, CMTA continues to push the boundaries in the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering sectors, providing the most cutting-edge designs in the consulting engineering community. While CMTA Consulting Engineers has the expertise to benefit clients in nearly any industry, they have chosen to focus their work in sectors with recognized needs for high-performance buildings such as K-12 and higher education, health care, sports facilities, and government facilities. CMTA design teams work collaboratively with engineers, architects and contractors, and use state-of-the-art Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to design the world’s most energy efficient buildings.

CMTA has had a long-standing partnership with Speed School through support of the CMTA Scholarship Fund. They have a strong alumni base at the company, as well as a thriving co-op relationship. Over the last dozen years CMTA has hired JB Speed School students as co-ops for 140 semesters putting them consistently in the top twelve of our co-op partners.

Love for engineering shared by grandfather, grandson

December 15, 2015

It’s not unusual for family members to have common interests. However in Gregg Blincoe’s case, you might say that engineering is in his bloodline. Gregg graduates this December with his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering, 64 years after his maternal grandfather, William T. Vaughn, earned the same degree.

Many things have changed in that span of time. Academic calendars were on quarters instead of semesters. Residential tuition was $100 per quarter compared to $5,271 for a 12-hour course-load semester. Computers and software have replaced slide rules and hand calculations. In 1951, the mechanical engineering program awarded seven bachelor degrees, which vastly compares to the average of more than 70 per year since 2011.

Blincoe’s mother said she has heard her father laugh when her son talks about using software and calculators to do design and work out problems. She said all of her father’s work was done by hand and calculations were done with a slide rule.

While a big admirer of both of his grandfathers, Blincoe shared the dream of becoming an engineer with Vaughn.

“Both my dad and his father graduated from UofL Dental School. But I couldn’t stand the sound of a drill on teeth, so I knew engineering was right for me,” Blincoe said. “I wanted to find my passion in engineering, just like my Pops did.”

Vaughn served in the US Navy for three years aboard the USS Franklin CV-13 during WWII. As an aviation machinist mate on the catapult team, he was responsible for launching planes.

Blincoe has a shared affection for flying. He was a member of the River City Rocketry team for 2-1/2 years. As captain for two years, he led the team to a third place finish in 2014, and a second place finish in 2015, both in NASA Student Launch Competition.

“He is a quiet and humble man. He encouraged me to find my passion in engineering,” Blincoe said of Vaughn. “It wasn’t until my experience with the rocket team, that I knew I had to be involved with aerospace engineering. It’s exciting to know that I can potentially do something that will affect our future, for our families.”

Blincoe hopes to use his mechanical engineering degree to work in the aerospace industry.

"My dream is to send something into space," said Blincoe. "That would be absolutely incredible."

Blincoe said his grandfather would be in attendance for the winter commencement ceremony, proudly wearing his UofL golden alumni medallion. Engineering curriculum and tuition may have changed since his grandfather’s graduation but one thing hasn’t. The love of engineering and sending things into space that runs deep in this family's DNA.