Facts & Figures

The Speed Scientific School was established in 1925 as a result of an endowment from the James Breckenridge Speed Foundation, a memorial to the late James Breckenridge Speed created by his son and daughter, Dr. William S. Speed and Mrs. Olive Speed Sackett of Louisville. The income from this endowment is used exclusively as a supplementary means of support of the activities for the school.

James Breckenridge Speed (1844-1912), an industrial pioneer in the City of Louisville, was the scion of an illustrious Kentucky family. He was a leader in the establishment of Louisville 's street railway system. He also developed and operated large coal interests in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and was among the first to recognize the significance that Portland Cement would have in the growth of America. The industries in which he maintained an active interest until his death in 1912 have been a nucleus around which the City of Louisville and its greater metropolitan area have grown to their present industrial stature. It is fitting that his memory be perpetuated in an engineering school bearing his name.

Dr. William S. Speed and Mrs. Olive Speed Sackett contributed generously to the building of the school, having made additional grants toward the erection of the James B. Speed Building, Frederic M. Sackett Hall, and William S. Speed Hall. Mrs. Virginia Speed, wife of Dr. Speed, also contributed gifts and financial support prior to her death in 1969.

In 2003, the J.B. Speed Scientific School officially changed its name to the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

 

J. B. Speed School Facts at a Glance: Fall 2012University of LouisvilleSpeed School
Year established17981925
Undergraduate students15,7721,617
Graduate students5,714627
Total student enrollment22,2492,244
Female11,406422
Male10,8431,822
First year freshman2,566434
Full-time16,9241,616
Part-time5,325628

 

Degrees Conferred

Academic
Year

BSMEng MS PhD Certificates
2012-2013265218242627
2011-2012276186462621

2010-2011

245232552342

2009-2010

280163322224

2008-2009

253147 40 3214

2007-2008

193 144 56 24 7

Program Enrollment Chart for J.B. Speed School of Engineering

Academic
Year

FT/PTEnrollment
1st2nd3rd4th
Total UG1Enrollment Program
MEngMSPhD
Total Grad2

Fall 2012

FT
432265293470
1460
22031161
412

Fall 2012

PT
11192666
122
684968
185

Fall 2011

FT
367238307441
1353
25731168
456

Fall 2011

PT
1182352
94
453657
138

Fall 2010

FT
349225304421
1299
28452177
513

Fall 2010

PT
618
1950
93
682944
141

Fall 2009

FT
368255296435
1354
19746143
386

Fall 2009

PT
9121350
84
912676
193

Fall 2008

FT
361284255451
1351
9142143
376

Fall 2008

PT
15171450
96
672917
113

Fall 2007

FT
430239289434
1392
17360150
383

Fall 2007

PT
10172149
97
613819
118

1. Students on coop are counted as full-time in the head count. Non-degree students are not included.
2. Students in candidacy and residency are considered full-time in head count. Non-degree students and post-doctoral students are not included.

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