Message from the Dean

Welcome to the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville. Since our founding in 1925, we have grown into one of the premier engineering schools in the country, dedicated to educational excellence, research, and technology transfer. The Speed School is the first engineering school in the country to achieve dual-level accreditation of its B.S. and MEng programs, and offers nationally recognized graduate research programs at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. We are dedicated to educating engineers who will be the future thought leaders, discoverers and innovators for our society.

We find ourselves in the midst of unprecedented growth and change here at Speed School that includes: ever-increasing enrollment (up over 30% in the past 5 years), many new faculty hires, renovated classrooms, a new student “maker space” (called the EG), expanding research programs and laboratories, improved student advising and co-op services, growing online degree programs, engineering outreach to over 7000 K-12 youth, a new Additive Manufacturing training center in collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and the “soon-to-come” Institute for Product Realization on the 40-acres behind Speed. All of these accomplishments and initiatives are the result of the hard work of our outstanding faculty, staff, and students, and the amazing support of our alums, industry partners, and friends of Speed.  

Our web site is designed to be informative to both those who are familiar and those new to the Speed School.  I invite you to explore to learn more about our well-rounded approach to engineering education that includes programs in Bioengineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical engineering, as well as Engineering Management.  You can also read about the exciting discoveries our faculty and students are making in world-class research laboratories, and be introduced to our outstanding alumni to learn about the impact they have made on our communities.

At the Speed School we are excited and energized by the limitless potential of engineers to make a real difference in the world. Thank you for visiting with us. We hope you will be back often.


Dr. John S. Usher
1980-81 Speed School Alumnus
Acting Dean, J. B. Speed School of Engineering
J. B. Speed Hall, Suite 221
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
Phone: (502) 852-6281
Fax: (502) 852-7033

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