Mission & Values

The mission of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering is to serve the university, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the engineering profession by providing high quality educational programs to all students; engaging in research and scholarship that will extend knowledge; and assisting the economic development of the regional, state and national economies through technology transfer.

J.B. Speed School of Engineering Objectives

In attempting to achieve its overall goal, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering of the University of Louisville has pledged to pursue four major objectives:

  • First — to provide an opportunity for the student to become proficient in the fundamentals of his or her chosen profession, and through research, to extend knowledge in both breadth and depth;
  • Second — to give a basic understanding of human behavior and of our social organization, and to provide a basis for a satisfying and useful life as an active citizen in the community;
  • Third — to encourage the ethical behavior required of the engineering profession and of good citizens;
  • Fourth — to promote the general welfare of the profession of engineering locally, nationally, and internationally.

As a means of achieving these objectives, the educational programs have been planned to help the student:

  • Acquire a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of mathematics, the physical sciences, and engineering, in addition to their applications (with the aid of the computer) to the various engineering fields;
  • Think clearly, logically, and analytically in applying science to the engineering professions; to achieve proficiency in engineering analysis, synthesis, and design;
  • Cultivate an open, searching, and inquiring attitude of mind; in order to provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning;
  • Develop powers of creativity; Learn to express thoughts clearly and to communicate effectively both orally and in written form;
  • Become more aware of the relationships among the social, industrial, moral, and economic needs of humankind in a complex world;
  • Maintain the highest standards of professional ethics in the pursuit of professional careers as engineers.