Engineering Endowed Chairs and Professors

Bucks for Brains

In 1997, the Kentucky legislature gave its approval to an ambitious initiative aimed at overhauling the state’s higher education system.

One pivotal aspect of this reform was the establishment of the Research Challenge Trust Fund, a calculated investment in university research with the objectives of creating employment opportunities, fostering fresh economic activity, and opening new horizons for the residents of Kentucky.

Popularly known as “Bucks for Brains,” this program leverages state funds to match private donations, effectively doubling the impact of private investments that support research endeavors in strategically defined fields, thus sowing the seeds for a brighter future.

Bucks for Brains plays a vital role in attracting and retaining world-renowned researchers and scholars to Kentucky, many of whom are also esteemed educators. The exceptional caliber of their work enhances the academic reputation of the Commonwealth on both national and international levels.

The University of Louisville benefits significantly from the Research Challenge Trust Fund’s support, enabling it to bring the foremost scholars and scientists from around the globe to Kentucky.

Engineering Endowed Chairs and Professors

The presence of endowed faculty members at Speed School plays a crucial role in advancing our pursuit of continuous excellence in the realms of teaching, research, and patient care. Endowed positions serve as a testament to the impactful collaboration between faculty members and philanthropists, as they work together to identify areas of exploration and transform them into reality. This partnership not only fuels the spirit of discovery but also reinforces our commitment to academic advancement and the betterment of patient well-being.