Learn by doing

See yourself in the center of the action. And gain experience where it matters-with top employers, in the real world.

Areas of Study

Explore Our Areas of Study

Find your niche and start making an immediate impact. Through our diverse programs, custom degree paths (like the 5th Year Master’s), and access to industry-leading employers, Speed School allows students to customize an immersive academic experience.

4+1

The number of years to obtain a Master of Engineering

I completed my co-op with NASA, researching a drug delivery system to protect astronauts against radiation. Then, I landed a grant from the European Space Agency. A Speed School degree gets results!

Ishita Jain, Bioengineering, c/o 2018
Co-Operative Learning @ Speed

Connect with top employers, gain on-the-job experience, and earn income. All before graduation.

97 %

Of Speed School Graduates Accept a Job Within 90 days.

Student Experience

Our students experience diversity in all its forms: through extracurricular activities, athletics, and the dynamic campus life of the University at-large. There’s even more to discover in Louisville’s nearby eclectic neighborhoods.

Flexible Graduate Degrees

Our engineering programs let you advance your engineering career without hitting the pause button on life.  Choose between on campus or 100% online programs.

 

Bioengineering

Our students study medical challenges ranging from autism to cancer to spinal cord injuries. The Speed School’s cutting-edge research resonates far beyond the lab, improving – and saving – lives.

4+1

The number of years to obtain a Master of Engineering

Co-oping at Techshot has taught me a lot about the engineering industry. The diversity of work made me a more well-rounded engineer. Material testing, assembly, technical writing, aseptic technique, CAD, tissue processing, cell culture, sterilization, and protocol, are all useful skills for a bioengineer.

Hannah Meriwether
Bioengineering Co-Op, 2019
About Bioengineering

A degree in Bioengineering puts you on the cutting edge of modern industry. It’s a multidisciplinary field at the intersection of science and engineering. It’s also one of the fastest growing job markets.

16

Place increase in USNews and World Report rankings from 2019 to 2020.

4
Programs Available

Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

What You'll Study
  • Bioelectronics
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Bioimaging
  • Biocomputational Modeling
  • Biomechanics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Molecular Engineering
  • Tissue Engineering
Student Experience

I graduated with my Ph.D. and have continued my career as a Research Scien­tist in Machine Learning at the National Institutes of Health. The Bioengineering Department at UofL was instrumental in my educational and career success.
~Dr. Patrick McClure

Chemical Engineering

Your Speed School degree opens doors in emerging industries powered by chemical engineering – biotech, pharma, and green energy.

4+1

The number of years to obtain a Master of Engineering

“My co-op experience gave me an appreciation for the classes I was taking. It helped me connect the formulas on the page with the real world.”

Luke Hawtrey
Chemical Engineering Co-Op, 2017
About Chemical Engineering

By applying knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and economics, chemical engineers transform raw materials into useful products.

$104k

The median annual salary for a Chemical Engineer – (US Bureau of Labor Stats. 2018)

4
Programs Available

Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

What You'll Study
  • Renewable energy
  • Medical engineering
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food processing
  • Manufacturing
Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Gerold Willing’s research examines the development of complex fluids for various applications. Some of his work, in progress on the International Space Station, examines the use of a complex fluid suspension in the creation of lighter, flexible, less expensive quantum dot solar panels.

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering has never been more in demand. Who’s going to improve infrastructure in the 21st century? Speed School graduates.

4+1

The number of years to obtain a Master of Engineering

LG&E and KU’s co-op program gave me a multitude of opportunities to grow as a young engineering student, a business professional and everyday person.

Abby Miles
Civil Engineering c/o 2019
About Civil & Environmental Engineering

The groundbreaking research conducted on our campus, and in the wider community, has the potential to save lives.

11%

Job growth expected in Civil Engineering by 2026 – (US Bureau of Labor Stats. 2018)

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Programs Available

Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, Certificates

What You'll Study
  • Water resources
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
Featured Facility

Autonomous vehicles will soon be part of our reality. The Center for Transportation Innovation is helping make them and the humans interacting with them as safe as possible.

Above – Ph.D. Student, Song Wang takes visitors for a ride in his driving simulation study.

Computer Engineering

Over the past half-century, computers have become ubiquitous in modern life. The coming decades will be just as exciting, as Speed School students tackle artificial intelligence, high dimension structures, and data security.

4+1

The number of years to obtain a Master of Engineering

At my Co-Op I was able to connect with other people who were doing networking, which is what I want to do in my career. I was able to participate in team building activities that built a connection between me and the members of my team.

Ryo Josephs, c/o 2020
Computer Science & Engineering
About Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering provides the practical knowledge of hardware and software, whereas Computer Science is the theoretical study of information systems. Speed School students learn to master them both.

19%

Job growth expected in Computer and Information Research Scientists by 2026 – (US Bureau of Labor Stats. 2018)

6
Programs Available

Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, Certificates

What You'll Study
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Systems
  • Embedded Systems
  • Internet-of-Things
  • Information assurance/security
  • Networks
Faculty Spotlight

The Aerial Robotics lab investigates new ways for embedded systems and unmanned aerial vehicles to work cooperatively and to solve problems with teamwork and advances in networking technology.

Computer Science

The Computer Science program delivers timely and relevant information on key areas of importance within the industry today including databases, artificial intelligence, analytics, data mining and more.

Minor

Fundamental and applied computing skills are an essential tool for today’s increasingly technological world.

At my Co-Op I was able to connect with other people who were doing networking, which is what I want to do in my career. I was able to participate in team building activities that built a connection between me and the members of my team.

Ryo Josephs, c/o 2020
Computer Science & Engineering
About Computer Science

Complement your major with the high-demand problem solving and analytical skills of Computer Science. Learn fundamental skills needed for today’s work challenges with a minor in Computer Science.

18

The CS minor requires successful completion of 18 credit hours with a GPA of 2.25 or higher.

5
Degrees Available

Bachelor’s, Minor, Master’s, Doctoral

What You'll Study
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Database
  • Data mining
  • Operating Systems
Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Olfa Nasraoui has conducted research in machine learning and data science, in particular mining high dimensional, heterogeneous data streams, web mining and recommender systems, and currently focuses on research in fairness and explainability in AI and machine learning algorithms such as Deep Learning

Cybersecurity

Graduates of this program can apply their knowledge to various careers in areas like network security, risk auditing or management, software security engineering, penetration testing, information security analysis, information forensics, cyber threat intelligence and more.

100 %

Complete this certificate on your own time through fully online classes.

“The University of Louisville is an NSA/DHS National CAE-CDE in Cyber Defense Designated Institution, providing specialized education and academic excellence in cyber defense.”

Dr. Mehmed Kantardzic

About Cybersecurity

Big data is definitely here, and in a world continuously plagued by threats to our expanding databases, cybersecurity professionals are more essential to keeping our information secure than ever before—with jobs expected to grow 28% over the next decade (bls.gov).

12 CREDIT HOURS

Take only 4 courses for a total of 12 Credit Hours to expand your expertise and earn your certificate.

1
Certificate Program

Cybersecurity Certificate – Earn a valuable credential in as little as 12 months!

What You'll Study
  • Computer Forensics
  • Information Security
  • Network Security
  • Data Mining
  • Database Security

Data scientists are specialists in finding hidden connections in large masses of stored data, and are critical to industries including insurance, health care, retail, education, banking, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, travel, government and intelligence. In today’s economy, organizations across all industries, can reap the enormous payoffs of data science.

100 %

Completely online – this certificate on your own time through fully online classes.

“While I had a lot of experience in data analysis and reporting, I lacked the formal training of a Data Scientist. I decided to [earn] the Data Science certificate because I wanted to learn the most cutting edge skills. I’ve always liked working with numbers, and I’ve always been fascinated by data science—and the more and more I get into it, the more interesting things I want to do.”

Adam Rood
Online CSE Student

About Data Science

Data scientists are specialists in finding hidden connections in large masses of stored data, and are critical to industries including insurance, health care, retail, education, banking, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, travel, government and intelligence. In today’s economy, organizations across all industries, can reap the enormous payoffs of data science.

18 Credit Hours

Expand your Data Science expertise in only 6 courses.

1
Year Program
Earn a valuable credential in as little as 12 months!
What You'll Study
  • Data Management and Analysis
  • Data Mining
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • Statistical Inference

Electrical Engineering

With a combination of electrical and computer engineering you will leverage robotics, sensors, electronics, and embedded computing to solve a wide range of societal problems in health care, security, defense, energy, and environment.

4+1

The number of years to obtain a Master of Engineering

I love how my Co-Op experience exposed me to various departments within one company. For my final Co-Op semester Intellimodus created a unique position for me as an electrical engineer-project management Co-Op.

Ly Nguyen
Electrical Engineering Co-Op 2019
About Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers design and test components and systems that use or generate electricity. This encompasses virtually all modern technology including satellites, wireless, computers, electronics, power, radar and navigation, electric motors and drives, medical imaging, and wearable devices.

$99k

The median annual salary for an Electrical Engineer – (US Bureau of Labor Stats. 2018)

5
Programs Available

Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

What You'll Study
  • Microelectronics and Circuits
  • Communications
  • Electromagnetic Design
  • Sensors
  • Energy and Power
  • Automated Control
  • Medical Imaging
  • Robotics
  • Embedded Systems
Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Mike McIntyre’s research develops control strategies to use renewable energy, power grids and electrical machines more efficiently. He works closely with local industry working on projects that directly impact the community.

“Students working in my lab have a great opportunity use their engineering skills to solve real world problems.”

Engineering Management

For nearly a century, the University of Louisville Speed School has been educating engineers through high-quality undergraduate and graduate degrees. Join a renowned online engineering program and gain the expertise you need to engineer the future.

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Focus on one course at a time or move through the program faster.

“Having the Master’s in Engineering Management degree has opened opportunities to new jobs that I wouldn’t even be able to apply for if I just had my technical degree.”

Meredith Cooksey
Online MEEM Graduate, 2018

About Engineering Management

Approximately 192,500 engineering managers were employed nationwide in 2018, and this occupation will continue to grow in the next decade.

100 %

Complete this certificate on your own time through fully online classes.

30
Credit Hours

9 credit hours in core courses and 3 credit hours in electives.

What You Can Study
  • Operations Management
  • Engineering Statistic II
  • Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Engineering Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management

Faculty Spotlight

“The online experience affords students with the unique experience to learn with students who are located around the world. We have a lot of military students who are working overseas. The discussion board is great, because people are coming from all different backgrounds.”

Dr. Elizabeth Gentry

Want to make a difference for future generations? There’s no better way than to make an impact on the world around you than through environmental engineering.

12

Students must complete twelve (12) credit hours, with at least six (6) hours at the 600 level.

About Environmental Engineering

Combine principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems.

3.0

The certificate program of study must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better.

1
Certificate Available

Earn a certificate in Environmental Engineering while completing a graduate degree program.

What You'll Study
  • Applied and Groundwater Hydrology
  • Industrial Waste Management
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Green Engineering & Sustainable Design
  • Advanced Absorption

Industrial Engineering

In our high-tech world, getting innovations to market quickly is vital. At Speed School, we know the supply chain is even more critical when it involves life-saving medical devices and treatments.

4+1

The number of years to obtain a Master of Engineering

I learned so much about being an Industrial Engineer in a global, manufacturing company and I made lifelong connections with employees and fellow-interns all over the world.

Mary Ann Crawford
Industrial Engineering c/o 2019
About Industrial Engineering

Complex systems require the coordination of people, equipment, energy, material, and information. At Speed School, you will immerse yourself in logistics by utilizing robotics, machines, and conveyors to bring order to the modern world.

80

Record number of degrees conferred in 2016-17

5
Programs Available

Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

What You'll Study
  • Logistics and Distribution
  • Ergonomics and Human Factor
  • Facility Layout and Design
  • Operations Research
  • Simulation
  • Production Planning and Scheduling
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies/Systems
Featured Facility

Researchers in the Center for Ergonomics explore the potential for training operators through virtual reality (VR) as an effective alternative to traditional, non-VR training in industry, for a variety of applications.

Materials and Energy Science

Save the planet! Unlocking the power of advanced materials and renewables to meet rising energy demand is society’s greatest challenge.

29

Faculty members dedicated to teaching & research in Materials & Energy Science.

“Materials and energy scientists & engineers address the most important crises we have ever faced – energy & the environment. Professionals in this area chose this field not only because of the growing job market and compensation, but to ensure quality of life by meeting energy, climate, and economic challenges faced worldwide. The MS in Materials and Energy Science & engineering is a multidisciplinary program that prepares graduates to make a real difference in our continued survival and prosperity.”

Mahendra Sunkara
Director, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research

About Materials & Energy Science

Advanced level training for in-depth knowledge in materials science and engineering, materials chemistry and physics, processing, energy conversion and storage devices, and systems-level engineering. Research opportunities in basic and translational research on solar energy conversion, energy storage, biofuels and biomass conversion, solar fuels, materials characterization, and advanced energy materials.

2021

Program Begins Fall 2021 – This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

1
Program Available

Master of Science

Degree Highlights
  • 30 Credit Hours
  • 4 Areas of Study: MESE fundamentals; Energy Processing; Energy Storage; & Systems Engineering
  • Traditional Classroom or All Online formats
  • Interdisciplinary engineering and sciences faculty & Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research labs
  • Excellent preparation for doctoral studies in materials and energy science, engineering, or a related field
Faculty Spotlight

Badri Narayanan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering focused on structure-property-processing relationships in functional materials and reactive interfaces relevant for energy applications. He is a recipient of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award and funded by the Department of Energy for high performance lithium-ion battery research.

Mechanical Engineering

In Mechanical Engineering (ME), you will be trained to design, develop, test, and manufacture components or processes that do useful work.  Examples are everywhere and include (but are not limited to) transportation systems (cars, planes, ships, etc.), home and commercial air conditioning/heating systems, clean power generation, home appliances, medical devices, manufacturing equipment, etc.  Mechanical Engineering is a foundational branch of engineering because ME’s are needed to contribute to the development of an incredibly wide variety of systems.

4+1

The number of years to obtain a Master of Engineering

At my co-op I was pushed off to the deep end of learning every single technology in additive manufacturing that we have. I’m now looking at positions for full time jobs that I only have because of what I’ve been able to do here at Speed School.

Kate Schneidau
Mechanical Engineering Co-Op, c/o 2019
About Mechanical Engineering

In Mechanical Engineering at UofL is a full-time, four-year program.  Throughout the program, you will take interesting, challenging courses, including dynamics, mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, machine design I & II, heat transfer, and senior design.  Interspersed will be three paid industrial co-ops, providing invaluable professional experience and helping balance the cost of your education.  Interested students can also take advantage of undergraduate research opportunities within the department.  This, taken with the optional 5th year Masters of Engineering program, makes UofL ME both unique and a great opportunity.

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ME Faculty Members, offering a broad range of courses and research opportunities for our students.

4
Programs Available

Bachelors of Science (BS), Masters of Engineering (MEng)*, Masters of Science (MS), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department is currently working with several other departments to create an new online Masters of Science (MS) in additive manufacturing.  This degree program is expected to launch in fall 2020.

*Available only for students earning a BS at UofL.

What You'll Study
  • Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • Machine Design
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing
  • Systems Modeling
Facility

Located in Sackett Hall, the ME facilities include labs in mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, measurements, manufacturing, experimental stress analysis, and mechatronics.

65k

Median starting salary for mechanical engineers (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

With training in and education in structural engineering, civil engineers can stand out in the marketplace as they seek employment in fields such as structural, forensic structural, project management, commercial/non-residential, structural design, public works and many other areas.

Online Courses %

Complete this certificate on your own time through fully online classes.

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About Transportation Engineering

About Structural Engineering

With practical training and formal education in the area of transportation engineering, civil engineers can stand out in the marketplace and find employment in fields related to transportation, public works, traffic engineering, traffic design, modeling, arterials, urban transportations, and many other areas.

Credit Hours

Take only 4 courses to earn your SE certificate.

1
Certificate Available

Earn a valuable industry-specific credential in less than a year!

What You May Study

What You May Study

  • Fundamentals of Prestressed Concrete
  • Masonry Design
  • Timber Design
  • Bridge Design
  • Building Information Modeling
Faculty Spotlight

Briefly describe one faculty member who teaches one of the courses.

Enter a roadway to greater success. The online Graduate Certificate in Transportation Engineering is designed for professionals with a bachelor’s in civil engineering who want to gain superior proficiencies in the field of transportation engineering.

Online Courses %

Complete this certificate on your own time through fully online classes.

“Autonomous vehicles will be reality very soon. I believe that technology can change our lives and make us all more safe. We are trying to make autonomous vehicles more safe, by understanding not just the autonomous vehicle, but also driving patterns of humans who interact with them.”

 

Dr. Richard Li
About Transportation Engineering

About Transportation Engineering

With practical training and formal education in the area of transportation engineering, civil engineers can stand out in the marketplace and find employment in fields related to transportation, public works, traffic engineering, traffic design, modeling, arterials, urban transportations, and many other areas.

Credit Hours

Take only 4 courses to earn your TE certificate.

1
Certificate Available

Earn a valuable industry-specific credential in less than a year!

What You May Study
  • Geometric Highway Design
  • Fundamentals of Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Transportation Planning and Urban Development
  • Airport Planning and Design

Faculty Spotlight

“This certificate makes it possible for you to gain the expertise and credentials needed to be an engineer leader in your organization.”

JP Mohsen, PhD.
Associate Dean & Professor