Winter 2005

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Exploring New Realms

To Speed School Alumni and Friends:

In this issue of Speed Engineer, you will read about exciting things happening at the school, some of which are not usually associated with Speed when thinking or our traditional engineering programs and disciplines.

Specifically, a successful international conference on planetary sciences was organized by Dr. Tim Dowling that focused attention on Louisville, U of L and Speed School in November. We have formed a new academic department of bioengineering that will begin offering an integrated, five-year master of engineering degree program in Fall 2005. And, Speed researchers are receiving national and international attention for their work in nanotechnology--one of the newest dimensions in which engineers of the future are likely to routinely work.

You will also see an article about the new faculty members that we have hired into the School. These are exciting young people that bring new ideas, research and teaching skills to our existing outstanding faculty. And, we hope to recruit more such talented individuals into the 14 open positions that we are currently looking to fill.

Our total student enrollment remained essentially constant in Fall 2004 at approximately 2100. This is really quite impressive when one considers that undergraduate engineering enrollments nationwide are decreasing. Also, fewer international students are applying to graduate programs because of competition from foreign technical universities and the difficulty of obtaining student visas to study in the United States.

So, in summary, I am fond of telling audiences that this is certainly the most exciting time at Speed School in the 30 years I have been here. Please come to visit us, correspond with us, or give us a call. We would love to tell you more.

Mickey Wilhelm,


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