Professional Awards in Engineering 2021

Each year the J.B. Speed School of Engineering presents professional awards in engineering in Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering and an outstanding young engineer in Bioengineering.

Professional Award in Engineering

Criteria may include:

  • Outstanding career performance in engineering such as a major executive, inventor, educator, in government service, medicine or the humanities.
  • Exceptional efforts by an individual to foster the professional development of young engineering college students.
  • Exceptional ability in the planning and direction of significant and important projects in technical engineering.
  • Exceptional contribution by an individual to technical engineering knowledge.

Outstanding Young Engineer Award

  • Criteria may include:
  • 35 years of age or under at time the award is presented.
  • Progress achieved in industrial/governmental/educational environment since graduation from Speed School, e.g., Chief Engineer; Plant Manager, etc.
  • Number of quality of professional publications and presentations.
  • Leadership in chosen field of engineering such as offices held in professional societies, activities, conference chairmen, etc.
  • Entrepreneurship activities.
  • Leadership in community activities and/or university activities.
  • Number of patents.

2020 Speed School Fellow

Alumnus Scott McReynolds

2020 Speed School Fellow

Alumnus Tony Mouser

2020 Speed School Fellow

Alumnus Greg Judge

Departmental Alumni Award Winners

Outstanding Corporate Award

Nominees considered for this award should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Supports educational mission of the school by providing:
    • academic scholarships for Speed students
    • cooperative education assignments for Speed students
    • participation in e-expo and career fairs
    • in-class presentations or educational materials
    • classroom or educational lab upgrades
    • access to expertise, equipment, factory tours, etc.
  • Supports the research mission of the school by providing:
    • collaboration on research contracts/grants
    • financial support of research labs/centers
    • participation in lab/center activities
    • Extends employment opportunities for Speed graduates
    • Provides significant financial contributions to Speed School

Brown-FormanSpeed School is pleased to announced that Brown-Forman has been named Outstanding Corporate Partner for 2021.

2021 Student Affairs Legacy Award

Bill Brasch

Bill Brasch

Bill Brasch received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Louisville in 1971. As a student, he was a member of the Student Senate and the Student Activities Board. Brasch received a Graduate Certificate in Traffic Engineering from Northwestern University in 1981.

Brasch is the past National President of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and Trustee of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation. He is the seventh UofL alumnus to serve as National President of his or her national fraternity or sorority. He is a past member and former Vice President of the National Council of Phi Kappa Tau. He has served as a chapter advisor and mentor of the Beta Beta Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau since 1971. He also served as Vice President of the UofL Alumni Association Board of Directors and has continued to serve the University as an alumni networker.

Brasch is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer. He retired from the University of Louisville in 2016, after 32 years as a Senior Construction Coordinator, overseeing many new building and renovation projects on campus.

Brasch was one of the most involved members of his undergraduate chapter of Phi Kappa Tau during his time on campus. He has been a vital connector for the University, providing outreach and assistance in Greek Life, serving on several student awards committees, and through his connections at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. One of the most significant contributions Brasch has provided to the University of Louisville community was his efforts in leading the campaign to raise funds to build the new Phi Kappa Tau chapter house on Unity Place. He also led the campaign to establish the Morton Walker Endowed Scholarship Fund, memorializing his college mentor, Speed School Professor, and former Dean of Men.Bill and his wife, Pat Lang Brasch, a University of Louisville graduate, reside in the Louisville area. They have one son, William F. “Will” Brasch, Jr., also a University of Louisville alumnus.