The beginning of a new academic year is always an extremely exciting time for the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. The 2010 fall semester marks a time when the College is making tremendous strides in several key areas.
As you know, our students must meet rigorous admission standards to gain entry into our upper division undergraduate and graduate programs. Through aggressive recruitment and marketing efforts, the quality and quantity of our students is at an all-time high. Our current incoming freshmen enrollment increased from 593 in 2009 to 684 in 2010 – an increase of 15%. This is on the heels of a 26% increase in enrollment the previous year. One third of all the incoming freshmen at the University of Kentucky in 2010 with ACT scores of 31 or higher, are College of Engineering students. Additionally, a quarter of all incoming freshmen receiving Singletary Scholars are College of Engineering students. This bodes well for the future of the College of Engineering and UK.
Our faculty is an ideal blend of energetic innovators and experienced teachers, committed to research and service. They have received more Career Awards from the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies than engineering and science faculty in all other academic colleges in the State of Kentucky combined! More than 33% of the College of Engineering’s full-time professors are also Fellows of one or more professional societies.
The College has created an environment for excellence with over $100 million invested in infrastructure over the past 10 years – making the College’s classroom and laboratory facilities competitive with any in the nation. We are nearing completion of the newest academic building to be constructed on UK’s campus – the Davis Marksbury Building – the second phase of UK’s “Digital Village,” that will house the Department of Computer Science along with the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments as well as the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Our alumni, in addition to being successful engineers and computer scientists, are leaders in their communities and professional organizations and are in high demand by successful companies in Kentucky, the nation and around the globe. Many have achieved great success as entrepreneurs, creating new companies and jobs in Kentucky and throughout the nation. Nationally, more than 900 UK engineering alumni serve as presidents, CEOs, vice presidents or partners in their corporations.
The work performed by faculty and staff through our dynamic research centers impacts life in the Commonwealth and beyond. The College of Engineering has a critical role in Kentucky’s New Economy initiatives, and in UK’s goal of becoming a top 20 research university.
Our faculty and students are passionate about collaborating with industry. As a result, the College is a vital resource for Kentucky businesses. Assistance is provided in a variety of ways including: an internationally recognized Lean Manufacturing industry training program led by a Toyota executive; an innovation extension center which provides product and process innovation assistance to small, rural manufacturers; problem solving through applied research by faculty and graduate students; and industry project classes performed by senior engineering students.
We thank the many alumni, friends, corporate partners, faculty and staff whose dedication and commitment help make all this happen. For your support, we are truly grateful.
Dr. Thomas Lester
University of Kentucky
College of Engineering