The University of Louisville’s mission as specified by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education states that:
The University of Louisville shall be a premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university committed to advancing the intellectual, cultural and economic development of our diverse communities and citizens through the pursuit of excellence in five interrelated strategic areas: (1) Educational Experience, (2) Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activity, (3) Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, and Communication, (4) Partnerships and Collaborations, and (5) Institutional Effectiveness of Programs and Services.
Themes that run through the University of Louisville mission statement are delivery of the benefits of the traditional academic pursuits of teaching, research, and professional service to a metropolitan environment, with a particular emphasis on those activities that contribute to intellectual, cultural, and economic development. Speed School’s mission is consistent with that of the university:
The mission of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering is to provide high quality educational programs to all students; to engage in research and scholarship that will extend knowledge; and to assist the economic development of the regional, state and national economies through technology transfer.
Based upon constituent input and the institutional and school-wide missions the mechanical engineering faculty in January 1994 adopted the first formal mission statement for the department. The mission statement is reviewed annually as part of the department’s program assessment process, and now reads as follows:
The mission of the University of Louisville Mechanical Engineering Department is to supply quality academic instruction through undergraduate, graduate, and graduate-professional degree programs, conduct fundamental and applied research that achieves national and international recognition, and provide professional service to its constituencies, all in support of broad societal needs and the institutional objectives of the University of Louisville.
The M.E. department and its faculty discharge this mission by:
Offering four academic degree programs (Bachelor of Science, Master of Engineering,
Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy), and a certificate program (environmental
engineering) to students from the Louisville metropolitan area and the
Commonwealth of Kentucky, as well as from throughout the United States and
from many other nations.
Conducting fundamental and applied research in areas as diverse as microelectromechanical
systems (MEMS), climate modeling, vehicle design optimization, rehabilitation
engineering, wheelchair safety enhancement, solar energy, and satellite design.
Engaging in meaningful external service supporting the engineering
profession itself and the people it serves.
The department's most important constituent group, and our raison d’être, is our students. They represent the future of the mechanical engineering profession. Other constituents include our alumni, whose career achievements are a key factor in determining how others perceive the quality of the department, local practicing mechanical engineers, employers who hire our graduates, research sponsors, and the taxpayers of Kentucky who partially fund the University of Louisville.