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November 12, 2009 Judy Hughes
(502) 852-6171
judy.hughes@louisville.edu

UofL officials dedicate Duthie Center for Engineering

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville’s engineering students should have a brighter career start and improved spot to study and work together with the recent renovation of a campus building into the Duthie Center for Engineering.

University of Louisville President James Ramsey and Speed School of Engineering Dean Mickey Wilhelm dedicated the renovated building and honored its main donors, George and Mary Lee Duthie, and other contributors during an open house ceremony today.

George Duthie is the retired former owner of Louisville contract-engineering firm Stewart Mechanical Services. Officials unveiled a portrait of the couple that will go in the former Kersey Library, which has been refurbished with a new interior, landscape and mission.

The Duthie Center for Engineering houses the Speed School’s career services center, a student commons area with food court, freshman engineering teaching laboratories and classrooms, as well as offices and laboratories consolidating the computer engineering and computer science department.

In the career services center, employer representatives will be able to interview Speed students for post-graduation jobs as well as for co-op positions. Speed School requires three alternating semesters of paid, on-the-job co-op experience for completion of its bachelor's degrees.

UofL is planning to seek LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the renovated, 34,000-square-foot facility. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, provides standards for environmentally sustainable construction.

Engineering and natural sciences collections formerly housed in the building, located behind J.B. Speed Building off Eastern Parkway, were moved to Ekstrom Library on Belknap Campus in 2006.

The Duthies also created the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie chair in engineering logistics at Speed School in 1998, with a “Bucks for Brains” state Research Challenge Trust Fund match.

For more information, call Wilhelm at 502-852-6281.

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