Engineering Expo at the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering celebrates the many facets of the engineering profession.
The annual event is hosted by Speed School. It showcases an engineering career fair the day before, undergraduate and graduate student research competitions for scholarships, high school design competitions, and cutting edge research and facilities at UofL.
The University of Louisville International Service Learning (ISL) Program and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) provides students the opportunity to work, provide services and earn academic credit in a hands-on international setting in Belize, Central America. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary learning, involving students and faculty from across the university. (source: U of L ISL website, http://louisville.edu/student/islp/)
International Service Learning for Engineers
Speed School Program Background
The Speed School of Engineering became involved in the ISL Program in 2006, with an exploratory trip by Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Erin (Baker) Wagoner to gather water quality data in the small village of Gales Point, Belize. A collaborative effort was made with environmental scientists at Western Kentucky University, the Wildlife Trust, and residents of Gales Point to collect samples and train on data collection procedures.
The residents of Gales Point suffer continuously from the effects of waterbourne diseases and have concern for the negative economic impact that pollution could have on growing eco-tourism.
In 2006, the Speed School of Engineering established an International Service Learning course taught by Dr. D. J. Hagerty. The course included students from civil, mechanical, industrial and bioengineering departments and focused on analyzing existing data, studying socio-economic impacts, and proposing interim and long-term solutions for water quality issues related to the water supply and wastewater systems. The course incorporated guest speakers and practitioner mentors from the Louisville Water Company, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Biohabitats, CH2M Hill and FMSM Engineers. This cooperative effort has fostered the development of creative low-cost, low-impact solutions and demonstrated the impact of socio-political issues on projects to students.
Thanks to all the volunteers who assist and support the ISL engineering program!
In March 2007, two Speed School students, Brian Tate and Ben Myser, accompanied by practitioner advisor Erin Wagoner of FMSM Engineers returned to Gales Point. The engineering group met with the Gales Point Water Board to discuss short term and long term potential projects that could improve the quality of life of people in the community. Numerous problems were identified, including a broken chlorination pump, breaches in the main water supply line, and an inadequate open intake pipe pulling water from the source water stream.
The broken chlorination pump was of great concern, as untreated water was being pumped directly to residential homes. In addition, cross-contamination was occurring at several leaks in the main water line, causing ponding and runoff to develop on the dirt roadway, a main access road to the village. The intake pipe had no media to filter debris or organics from entering the system and had no protection for the pump.
The group presented these issues to their peers and raised nearly $500 US ($1,000 BZ) from students and faculty in Gales Point to fund the identified projects. After traveling to Belize City to acquire the necessary materials and equipment, the group worked with numerous volunteers from the village to replace three sections of the main water line, repair the chlorination pump and implement a two-stage filter to screen debris from entering the system.
Engineers involved community stakeholders before, during and after the improvement and repair process. Water quality issues were addressed at a community forum, where engineers presented health and environmental impacts to residents. The event facilitated an open dialogue among residents and engineers to determine concerns and perceptions of the current and proposed projects.
The group was invited to meet with the Center for Climate Change in Belmopan, and successfully formed a partnership with researchers for support of future projects in Gales Point. Future projects may include pilot composting or septic systems, water supplied by a groundwater aquifer, and further baseline water quality monitoring and training.
The course and experiential education opportunity has allowed Speed School students to understand the value of sustainable systems to support water needs. Continuation of the program will support water quality improvements abroad as well as provide significant educational benefits for students by enhancing their knowledge of community relations, water quality issues and solutions.
About Gales Point, Belize
|Gales Point is a small village remotely located in the Belize district, approximately 30 miles south of the commercial center and most populated city in the country, Belize City. The village of approximately 350 people is located on a narrow 2-mile peninsula surrounded by a brackish lagoon. Its location provides easy access to the northern and southern lagoons and the Caribbean Sea. The lagoon and wetlands support a rich variety of marine fauna and is home to endangered species including the West Indian manatee and Hawksbill turtle.
Gales Point was first settled in the 1700's when escaped slaves from a revolt in Belize City came to the peninsula. The people of Gales Point are called Creoles, originating from African slaves and English colonists. Today, it still boasts traditional drumming and dancing. Residents are farmers and fishermen. More recently, residents have become involved in eco-tourism to provide income to the community.
More information about the ISL Engineering Group and other groups is available through the students' blog, at http://uoflconnect.typepad.com/islpinbelize
University of Evansville OPTIONS Programs for Girls
The University of Evansville is offers two summer courses annually. One is for High School girls and the other is for Middle School girls. These programs are both sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Scholarships are available for both courses.
Please visit these links to learn more about the programs:
KSPE Louisville Chapter Scholarship Application
Deadline: March 22, 2019
Two (2) $1,500 scholarship will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applications are currently being accepted!
The KSPE Louisville Chapter Scholarship application is available to download HERE!
Please submit applications to:
|Louisville Chapter, KSPE
Attn: Sean Craig
500 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Questions concerning the application process and guidelines can be directed to:
|Sean Craig, P.E.
Phone: (502) 217-1508
Phone: (855) 469-4828
- Applicant must be a member of recognized student engineering organization (e.g. KSPE, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, ASCE, ASME, IEEE, SWE, etc.). (Please provide membership number)
- Applicant must currently be enrolled in the Speed School of Engineering of the University of Louisville.
- Applicant must be entering the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th year of Engineering studies in the Fall Semester of 2019.
- Applicant must have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) based on 4.0 scale. The GPA will be computed by KSPE based on the official transcript submitted with this application. The transcript must be certified and contain GPA from all engineering degree coursework up to most recently completed semester.
- Applicant can be a full or part-time student, but must have been enrolled in an engineering program for at least 6 of the preceding semesters, (including summers).
- Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
- Applicants currently receiving NSPE or KSPE Scholarships will not be considered.
Mock Interviews for UofL Civil and Environmental Engineering Seniors
KSPE Louisville is pleased to announce that Mock Interviews were held for University of Louisville Civil and Environmental Engineering students October 18, 2006 through the ASCE Student Chapter. The event was held to help seniors prepare for interviews in their job search, and it was a huge success! 13 senior civil engineering students participated and 12 professional engineers donated their time, giving a total of 24 individual interviews!
Each student was 'interviewed' for 20 minutes then got 10 minutes of feedback on what they did well and how they could improve when they go out on actual interviews. The student's response was overwhelmingly positive. Students appreciated getting such honest feedback in a one-on-one setting from the point of view of real-life potential interviewers. The volunteers enjoyed the experience as well. Painful memories of their own job search right out of college seemed to be the main motivation for wanting to help our next generation of engineers! In addition to trading stories about the toughest interview, the volunteers shared some of the questions they like to ask and attributes sought after in candidates - to also help them become better interviewers!
The University of Louisville's ASCE Student Chapter is one of the best and most active in the country. Winners of state, regional, and national awards, they set the gold standard in stressing the importance of becoming involved in their profession. The Louisville Branch's Younger Member Group has been working closely with U of L in order to promote interaction between the practicing engineering community and students. Plans are already being made to build on this year's success and expand this event beyond senior civil engineering students.
Thanks to all the KSPE volunteers who made this possible!