An undergraduate student who completes twelve or more graded credits with all grades of “A”, and no grades of “I”, “X”, or “U”, is named a Dean’s Scholar.
An undergraduate student who completes twelve or more graded credits with the grades of “A”, “B”, or “C” and a 3.5 grade-point average, with no grades of “I”, “X”, “U”, “D”, or “F”, is named to the Dean’s List. Grades of “P” are not prohibited in Dean’s List qualifications, but cannot be used to meet the graded-credits minimum requirement.
Honor certificates are available online for Speed School. To retrieve Dean’s Scholar or Dean’s List Certificate:
The following honors and awards were bestowed for 2023.
Lewis S. Streng Award
Mrs. Fannie Henry Streng created a trust fund in memory of her deceased husband, Lewis S. Streng. A plaque and cash award is presented to the honor graduate of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering receiving the Master of Engineering degree.
Robert C. Ernst Award
A plaque and cash award is presented each year to the engineering student who is the honor graduate of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering receiving the Bachelor of Science degree.
Lauren Elizabeth Evans
Bennett M. Brigman Award
In memory of Bennett M. Brigman, former Dean of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering, a plaque and cash award is given each year to the Master of Engineering student who most nearly attains the objectives of the School.
Alfred T. Chen Memorial Scholarship Award
A fund has been established in memory of Alfred T. Chen, Professor of Applied Mathematics And Computer Science and former Director of University Computing Activities. The income from this memorial fund is to provide a commemorative plaque for a Graduate/Professional student pursuing the Master of Engineering degree in any field. The recipient is selected on the basis of scholarship.
William S. Speed Award
Dedicated by the Speed School Student Council to the memory of the late William S. Speed, as the principal benefactor of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering, this plaque and cash award are given to the graduating senior for having contributed the most services to the School.
J. B. Speed School of Engineering Alumni Award
A plaque and cash award is presented each year to the member of the graduating class who has achieved the greatest distinction in professional and extracurricular activities within the School and the University.
Departmental Alumni Awards
These cash awards and certificates are presented by the Speed School Alumni Association to outstanding Graduate/Professional Students nominated by each department.
Ahmed Alksas (BE)
Jake Schneider (CEE)
Luc Van Speybroeck (CHE)
Kyle Spurlock (CSE)
Shannon Leann Newby (ECE)
Samuel Walter Keys (ECE)
Christopher Kemper (IE)
Julio Izquierdo (ME)
Co-op of the year Award
This award recognizes an outstanding student who has successfully completed a co-op and nominated by his employer and/or a faculty. Evaluation is based on student’s statement about the co-op experience and the student contribution to the employer.
Wenndy Arreguin (BE)
Shane Hesse (CEE)
River Braden (CHE)
Derek Osborne (CSE)
Michael Craigmiles (ECE)
Anne Marie Kouokam Simo (IE)
Madison Russell (ME)
Outstanding Student Award
This award goes to the Speed School graduate who most exemplifies the attributes of the college, which include, but are not limited to character, leadership, service and scholarship. The recipient is honored in the University Commencement Book, and will serve as banner bearer, leading the Speed School graduates into the University Wide Commencement Ceremony.
Outstanding Work Scholarship Student Award
This award recognizes an outstanding student participating in the Speed School Work Scholarship program who has shown exemplary work ethic and dedication to the Speed School.
J.B. Speed School Leader of the Year Award
The Speed Leader of the Year Award recognizes an individual who is an outstanding leader initiates change, inspires others, and creates a positive environment within Speed School.
Engineering Fundamentals Department – Tau Beta Pi Awards
The Engineering Fundamentals Department and the student chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, present freshman and sophomore awards annually. These awards are based on scholastic standing, courses completed at Speed School, and potential for professional success.
Freshman Award: Jacob Nance
Sophomore Award: Jackson Raich
Rolando “Chip” Cheng, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
This award is in honor of the late Rolando “Chip” Cheng, Jr, an alumnus and graduate student of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering (BS ECE 2000), whose zest for life, love of friends and family, and dreams of developing medical devices to help save patients’ lives made the world a better place. The funds for this award have been provided by an endowed memorial scholarship in Chip’s name to recognize a bioengineering student in the graduating class whose character reflects humanitarianism, innovative mind, and entrepreneurial spirit. The recipient of this award receives a monetary scholarship and plaque, and their name engraved on a perpetual plaque displayed in the BE department.
Jerry and Pat Sturgeon Academic Excellence Award
This award is in honor of Gerald “Jerry” E. Sturgeon, an alumnus of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering (Assoc. Engr. Techn. ‘77), and his wife Pat for their outstanding generosity to the Department of Bioengineering. The income from the endowment established in their names provides a scholarship which is awarded annually to the student achieving the highest scholastic performance after completing their Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering. The student receives a scholarship, a plaque and their name engraved on a perpetual plaque.
Mickey R. Wilhelm Achievement Award
This award is in honor of Dr. Mickey R. Wilhelm, former Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, for his commitment and dedication to the inception and development of the Department of Bioengineering in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. This award recognizes a bioengineering student in the graduating class whose character, integrity, industry, leadership skills and persevering attitude identifies them with a high potential for success. The student receives a plaque and their name engraved on a perpetual plaque.
Judi Olsen Endowed Scholarship
This award is in honor of the late Judi Cooper Olsen, Director of Development for J.B. Speed School at the University of Louisville. Judi touched so many lives with her warm smile, devotion to others, and beautiful spirit inside and out. In her honor, we are all challenged to carry out her legacy of love and happiness on earth: live life to the absolute fullest, spread love and happiness unconditionally, and enjoy the wonders of this beautiful world, and the people in it. A plaque and monetary scholarship is given to a junior or senior undergraduate bioengineering student with a 3.0 or greater GPA and shares Judi’s dedication to the development and clinical translation of medical devices to improve patient outcomes and restore quality of life.
Best Graduate Student Peer-Reviewed Journal Paper
This award will be given to a masters student in Bioengineering or doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Studies with Specialization in Translation Bioengineering program having a first-authored peer-reviewed original research journal paper. The study or technology described in the paper will be innovative, relevant, and have an impact on the field of bioengineering. The paper will demonstrate methodological rigor and convey an insightful interpretation and discussion of findings. Papers that have been accepted, in press, or published within the previous year are eligible. Recipients receive a monetary award and a commemorative plaque.
APPKI Doctoral Student Exemplary Achievement Award
This award will be given to a student in the Interdisciplinary Studies with Specialization in Translation Bioengineering program who has been recognized for their leadership and expertise in the bioengineering field as evidenced by extramural funding for their research, as an invited speaker presentation, a regional or national award from a professional society or conference, or other exemplary achievement within the previous year. Recipients will receive a monetary award of $250 and commemorative plaque. This award is made possible by the generous donation by the members of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of Kentucky and Indiana (APPKI).
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Chapter Award
This award will be given to an undergraduate or graduate student who has been recognized for their leadership and dedication to the BMES society as evidenced by their engagement in the BMES student chapter. Recipients will receive a commemorative plaque.
Exemplary Research Scholarship Awards
The award recognizes doctoral students who have a superior record of scholarship as evidenced by peer-reviewed manuscripts and intellectual property generation that demonstrate innovation and impact in the field of Bioengineering. This award can be awarded to any doctoral student at the University of Louisville mentored by a Bioengineering faculty member. Recipients will receive a commemorative plaque.
Mohamed Ali, Ahmed Alksas, Hossam Balaha, Nagwa El-Baz, Yaser Elnakieb, Mohamed Elsharkawy, Ahmed Sharafeldeen, Mohamed Shehata
EXEMPLARY DOCTORAL DISSERTATION AWARD
This award will be given to a student in the Interdisciplinary Studies with Specialization in Translation Bioengineering program who has successfully defended a highest caliber dissertation within the previous year . The dissertation will demonstrate methodological rigor, and convey an insightful interpretation and discussion of findings and will have received consistently high commendations from their dissertation committee. Recipients will receive a monetary award of $250 and a commemorative plaque.
The Max A. Stoler Memorial Award
With due consideration for an outstanding academic record, this award recognizes a chemical engineer in the graduating class whose leadership, industry, and integrity marks the student as one with the potential for future achievement. It is given by Barry S. Stoler, M.D., (Ch.E. 1961) in memory of his father, Max A. Stoler.
Chemical Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Award
This award recognizes the graduating honor student earning the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and takes due consideration of academic excellence, contributions to the department and the school, and potential for future achievement.
Donald F. Othmer Academic Excellence Award
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers awards a certificate and a copy of Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook to the student who has the highest scholastic standing after completing the first three years of the Chemical Engineering program.
Kentucky Section ASCE Scholarship
The Kentucky Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers presents this scholarship to a professional school student in Civil Engineering who demonstrates superior service to the student community.
Camille Davis, Bill Montgomery
CEE Undergraduate Recognition Award
This award recognizes the graduating honor student earning the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and takes due consideration of academic excellence, contributions to the department and the school, and potential for future achievement.
CEE Graduate Recognition Award
This award recognizes the graduating honor student earning the Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering and takes due consideration of academic excellence, contributions to the department and the school, and potential for future achievement.
Whittenberg Construction Scholarship Award
The Wittenberg Scholarship was for a student majoring in Civil Engineering. It is awarded on the basis of academic metri and/or financial need.
Matthew Alridge Cowan Endowed Fellowship
In honor of Matthew, the Matthew Aldridge Cowan Endowed Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student who has demonstrated leadership qualities as evidenced by participation in extracurricular activities, civic activities and student chapters of professional societies.
Sara Durr, Jansenne Mitchell, Jackson Stewart
David P. Wagner Scholarship
The David P. Wagner Scholarship is given to an undergraduate student majoring in Civil Engineering to assist with tuition, fees, room and board.
The LECGI Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior who has chosen structural engineering as their focus area.
Stanley J. Gordon, Jr. Scholarship
The Stanley J. Gordon, Jr. Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in Civil Engineering who earns a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
John H. Simester Award
The award is given to the Computer Science and Engineering program graduate who has attained the highest cumulative scholastic standing in the Master of Engineering program at the J. B. Speed School of Engineering.
Raymond I. Fields Award
The award is given to the Computer Science and Engineering graduate who has contributed the most to the department and school in leadership and service.
ACM Distinguished Student Award
The award is given to honor a CSE student who has made a significant contribution to the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.
CSE Master of Science Award
The award is given to the Computer Science graduate who has attained the highest cumulative scholastic standing in the departmental Master of Science program.
CSE Arthur M. Riehl Award
The award is given to a graduate/professional student with excellent academic performance and contributions to the department activities. The award is given in recognition of Professor Riehl who retired after 40 years of service as a faculty member (1959 – 1999) including 10 years as department chair (1977-1987).
CSE Outstanding Undergraduate Award
The award is given to a CSE undergraduate student who demonstrates excellence and potential for future achievements. The recipient is selected by the CSE faculty.
IEEE Outstanding CSE Student Award
The IEEE Louisville Chapter honors two outstanding students upon the recommendation of CSE faculty.
BACS Outstanding Undergraduate Award
This award is given to a Bachelor of Arts CS student who demonstrates excellence and potential for future achievements.
Outstanding Online MS CS Award
This award is given to an online Master of Science CS student who demonstrates excellence and potential for future achievements. The award is to be delivered electronically to the recipient.
Gwong Sun Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student in CSE with an outstanding academic record and potential for achievement in their professional career. The award is given in honor of Dr. Gwong Sun who joined the Speed School faculty in 1978 and served with dedication until his death in 2003.
CSE Doctoral Award
The award is given to a Computer Science and Engineering doctoral student selected by the CSE department. Priority is given to those pursuing academic/research careers.
Samuel T. Fife Outstanding Master of Engineering
Graduate in Electrical Engineering Award
Mrs. Claudine M. Fife established this award in memory of her husband, Samuel T. Fife, Professor of Electrical Engineering in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering (1931-1968) and Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department (1931-1942). A cash prize is awarded each year to the outstanding Master of Engineering graduate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Samuel T. Fife Scholarship Award
This scholarship award is given annually to the Electrical and Computer Engineering student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering who has attained the highest cumulative scholastic standing by the end of the first year of study in the Professional School of Engineering. The prize consists of a handbook provided by the Louisville Section of the IEEE and a scholarship funded by Mrs. Claudine Fife in memory of her husband, Samuel T. Fife.
J. Cole Kidwell
M. Gordon Northrop Student Activities Award
The Louisville Section IEEE Activity Award is given annually to an Electrical and Computer Engineering student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering who has contributed most to the student branch activities, including paper presentation. Kasey Shirley IEEE Outstanding Student Awards The University of Louisville Student Branch of IEEE honors two outstanding students. Alex Bennett and William Funke Electrical Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Award This award is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding research and scholarship in the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering.
IEEE Outstanding Student Awards
The University of Louisville Student Branch of IEEE honors two outstanding students.
Electrical Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Award
This award is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding research and scholarship in the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering.
Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers Activity Award
The Louisville Chapter 18 of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Activity Award is given annually to an industrial engineering student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering who has contributed most to the activities of the University of Louisville Chapter 902 of the IIE.
Louis D. Brandeis Scholarship Award
The Louisville Chapter 18 of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Scholarship Award is given annually to the industrial engineering student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering who has demonstrated both scholarly achievement and the promise of corresponding professional attainment. It is given in memory of Louis D. Brandeis, a native of Louisville and an early champion of industrial engineering.
American Society For Quality Scholarship Award
The Louisville Section 912 of the American Society for Quality Scholarship award is given annually to the student in the J. B. Speed School of Engineering, who has demonstrated, through scholarly achievement and research,the potential to make a significant contribution to the field of Quality.
Industrial Masters Student Award
This award is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding research and scholarship in the Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering.
Shelby Hogan and Sumedh Mhetre
Industrial Engineering Doctoral Dissertation on Award
This award is given annually to the PhD student who is judged to have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the completion and defense of an Industrial Engineering doctoral dissertation.
Outstanding Rising Junior in IE
Awarded to up to 2 IE Sophomores who will become Juniors in the next academic year; criteria for selection include GPA, UG research, or activities that further enhanced the visibility of the IE discipline.
Sarah Bogan, Abby Johnson, and Jaackson Ralch
Outstanding Rising Senior in IE
Awarded to up to 2 IE Juniors who will become Seniors in the next academic year; criteria for selection include GPA, UG research, or activities that further enhanced the visibility of the IE discipline
Erin Dirr, Allison Kinnard, and Abby Washnock
Outstanding Research Award
Awarded to up to 2 PhD candidates (post-DQE) who have demonstrated outstanding research accomplishments; criteria for selection include quantity and quality of journal papers, conference proceedings, research awards at UofL or professional society, or even outstanding work on an industry project that had research component
Outstanding GTA Award
Awarded to up to 2 PhD students who have done an outstanding job in one or more courses in that year as a GTA; criteria for selection include timeliness on graded items, student evaluations, teaching labs and/or course sections, developing educational content for the course or program, and anything that supports the department’s educational mission
Prameet Jha and Sima Shafaei
Outstanding Service Award
Awarded to up to 2 students (MS or PhD) who have done an outstanding job in volunteering their time to support the mission of the department and the IE discipline; criteria for selection include program promotion, organizing/participating in events on campus and/or professional society, outreach to high school and community, and similar.
Morshed Alam and Khalid Bello
American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Student Section Award
The Louisville Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers participates in the technical and professional development of J. B. Speed School of Engineering students through its support of the Mechanical Engineering Department’s ASME student section. The Louisville Section of ASME presents this award to that student who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the activities of the Student Section.
Hsing Chuang Award for Excellence in Graduate Study
A plaque and a cash award are given annually to the Mechanical Engineering graduate student who best epitomizes the academic and professional qualities of Dr. Hsing Chuang, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering. Criteria include a strong scholastic record, demonstrated creativity in research or design, and participation in professional societies.
Ranga Teja Pidathala
Mechanical Engineering Department Academic Achievement Awards
These awards, consisting of a plaque and cash prize, are given to Mechanical Engineering students at the sophomore, junior, senior and graduate professional level with the highest cumulative academic standing in their class.
Vy Pham (Sophomore)
Logan Ballard (Junior)
Lauren Evans (Senior)