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November 7, 2018 9:22am

GUEST COMMENT: Industry Projects — A Win for UofL Students and Local Employers

Does your company have a project on the backburner or a new idea that you’d like to explore? If so, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering capstone projects might be perfect for you. Speed School is now accepting project proposals through December 1, 2018. Previous projects have been provided by companies such as Brown-Forman, Cummins, GE Appliances, LG&E KU, Linak, Norton Healthcare, and many more.  

Senior engineering students are given the chance to solve real world industry problems during their capstone course. Students completing industry projects in spring 2019 represent following disciplines: chemical engineering, computer engineering-computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. This is a win-win for all as it offers students real-world experience and provides companies with a team of nearly-degreed engineering students ready to tackle their project. Student teams will begin the next round of industry capstone projects in January. Then, on April 18, 2019, students will participate in the Speed School’s first ever Design and Innovation Showcase where they will display and present their completed projects. The projects will be judged and awards will be provided to students with top projects. Registration for this event will begin in the spring and will be open to the community.

In addition to projects, companies can participate in the Design and Industry Showcase by becoming a host of the event and/or by providing a company award. Companies who provide awards will have the chance to judge the projects and select their winner.

If the capstone projects aren’t your company’s need right now, the Speed School offers additional ways for industry to be engaged through our co-op program as well as our multiple research centers. Speed’s co-op program allows students to integrate the academic classroom experience with real-world work experience with business, industry, and government employers. All students must complete three co-op rotations with an employer which gives them one year of relevant experience and skills upon graduation.

The Speed School of Engineering is always looking to further our engagement with industry partners and discuss additional opportunities. To learn more or to submit a capstone project proposal, contact me at erica.gabbard@louisville.edu.