Facts and Figures

The Speed Scientific School was established in 1925 as a result of an endowment from the James Breckenridge Speed Foundation, a memorial to the late James Breckenridge Speed created by his son and daughter, Dr. William S. Speed and Mrs. Olive Speed Sackett of Louisville. The income from this endowment is used exclusively as a supplementary means of support of the activities for the school.

James Breckenridge Speed (1844-1912), an industrial pioneer in the City of Louisville, was the scion of an illustrious Kentucky family. He was a leader in the establishment of Louisville ‘s street railway system. He also developed and operated large coal interests in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and was among the first to recognize the significance that Portland Cement would have in the growth of America. The industries in which he maintained an active interest until his death in 1912 have been a nucleus around which the City of Louisville and its greater metropolitan area have grown to their present industrial stature. It is fitting that his memory be perpetuated in an engineering school bearing his name.

Dr. William S. Speed and Mrs. Olive Speed Sackett contributed generously to the building of the school, having made additional grants toward the erection of the James B. Speed Building, Frederic M. Sackett Hall, and William S. Speed Hall. Mrs. Virginia Speed, wife of Dr. Speed, also contributed gifts and financial support prior to her death in 1969.

In 2003, the J.B. Speed Scientific School officially changed its name to the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

You may already know that Speed School is one of the most established, most diverse Engineering schools in the country. Here are the numbers behind those claims.

Facts at a Glance: Fall 2019

J. B. Speed School
Year established 1925
Undergraduate students 2,016
Graduate students 665
Master of Engineering students 259
Master of Science students 245
PhD students 161
Total student enrollment 2,700
Female 634
Male 2,066


Ethnicity Enrollment Breakdown Percentage of Enrollment Speed School Students
Asian 6.70% 181
Hispanic/Latino 4.33% 117
Black/African American 4.96% 134
Two or More Races 4.07% 110
White 71.00% 1,917


Degrees Conferred
Academic Year BS MEng MS PhD Certificates
2018-2019 411 144 42 25 26
2017-2018 445 177 70 30 17
2016-2017 377 163 64 26 9
2015-2016 301 198 71 19 12
2014-2015 272 177 52 40 7
2013-2014 247 147 36 49 28
2012-2013 255 218 24 26 27

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