J. B. Speed School of Engineering

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The J. B. Speed building at the Speed School of Engineering

Speed Scientific School was founded in 1924 as part of the University of Louisville in the U.S. state of Kentucky with money from the James Breckenridge Speed Foundation which was created by his children William S. Speed and Olive Speed Sackett to honor J. B. Speed.

In 2004, the J. B. Speed Scientific School officially changed its name to the J. B. Speed School of Engineering. The term 'Scientific' was originally used to indicate that the school focused on math and science rather than trades, but was deemed to be an anachronism, hence the name change.

The school is colloquially referred to as Speed School or just Speed[1][2] by students and locals.

Degree programs[edit]

The school offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Engineering, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in seven fields:

Student life[edit]

As of 2005, the student body consisted of 2,058 students (1,468 undergraduate and 590 graduate). The largest departments are CECS and ME, with approximately 500 students each. In student and faculty opinion, the Speed School is considered to be one of the most rigorous and prestigious programs at the university.

When undergraduate students enter the school, they enter into a 5-year combined Bachelors and Masters program. Most students go to school year-round, in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, for a total of 14 semesters. Three of the 14 semesters are for co-op internships, to be done at industry locations, three of the 14 semesters are for the graduate (Masters) program, and the other eight semesters are for the undergraduate (Bachelors) program.


Seven programs in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. These programs result in the award of Master of Engineering degrees in the following disciplines:

In addition, the J. B. Speed School of Engineering also offers a B. S. degree in Computer Science that is accredited by the Computer Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET.

As of November 2010, all bachelor's degree-level engineering majors are also accredited by ABET.


The campus lies almost entirely south of Eastern Parkway on the Belknap Campus (main campus) of the University of Louisville and consists of the following buildings:

  • Engineering Graphics building — for the Engineering Graphics department- Demolished in 2013 since the integration of the Engineering Graphics department and the Engineering Fundamentals Department led to the only graphics class offered to be taught in the Duthie Center for Engineering.
  • Henry Vogt building — attached to Sackett Hall, used by several departments
  • Sackett Hall — attached to the Henry Vogt building, used by the Mechanical Engineering department
  • J. B. Speed building — houses the Dean's office, Academic Affairs, Admissions, Departments of Engineering Fundamentals, advising offices, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, and Industrial Engineering departments
  • W. S. Speed building — used by Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering departments
  • R. C. Ernst Hall — used by the Chemical Engineering department
  • Lutz Hall — used by Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Departments
  • John W. Shumaker Research Building - contains a 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) cleanroom core facility, and nanotechnology and bioengineering research laboratories
  • Duthie Center for Engineering - used by the Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS) department, along with the Center for Cooperative Education, and a number of state-of-the-art classroom facilities used by the Engineering Fundamentals Department.


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Coordinates: 38°12′47″N 85°45′39″W / 38.213083°N 85.760835°W / 38.213083; -85.760835