University of Kentucky - 2016

Institution Information

Contact Information

Institution's Mailing Address

Institution Name: University of Kentucky
Mailing Address: College of Engineering Dean's Office
351 Ralph G. Anderson Building
City: Lexington
State: KY
Postal Code: 405060503
Country: United States
Phone 859-257-1687
Fax:
Website: http://www.engr.uky.edu

Head of Institution

Eli Capilouto
President
Office of the President
University of Kentucky
101 Main Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
Phone: 859-257-1701
Fax: 859-257-1760
pres@uky.edu

Engineering College Inquiries

Jennifer Doerge
Director, Student Affairs
College of Engineering
University of Kentucky
379 Ralph G. Anderson Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0503
Phone: 859-257-1021
jennifer.doerge@uky.edu

Undergraduate Admission Inquiries

Jennifer Doerge
Director, Student Affairs
College of Engineering
University of Kentucky
379 Ralph G. Anderson Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0503
Phone: 859-257-1021
jennifer.doerge@uky.edu

Don Witt
Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, Director of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar
Enrollment Management
University of Kentucky
100 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0054
Phone: 859-257-3458
Fax: 859-257-3823
dwitt@uky.edu

Graduate Admission Inquiries

Brian Jackson
Interim Dean
The Graduate School
University of Kentucky
101B Gillis Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0033
Phone: 859-257-7132
Fax: 859-323-1928
brian.jackson@uky.edu

Patricia Bond
Senior Assistant Dean
The Graduate School
University of Kentucky
202-A Gillis Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0033
Phone: 859-257-2771
Fax: 859-323-1928
pat.bond@uky.edu

Institution Information

General Information


Type of institution: PUBLIC
Academic Year: SEMESTERS
Setting of Main Engineering Campus URBAN

Main Campus Information

Is the main campus located in a city with a population greater than 100,000?: Yes
Name of this city, or if no, the name of the nearest city of any size?: Lexington
This city's population (approx.): 314,488
Distance from Main Campus: 0

Total Enrollment

Total Undergraduate enrollment: 22,865
Total Graduate enrollment: 5,085
Total Professional and other enrollment: 2,937

Non-Engineering Degree Granting Colleges

Business, Communications, Dentistry, Education, Fine arts, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Arts and Sciences, Agriculture, Food and Environment, Design, Health Sciences

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations

Requirements

English/Language Arts " 4 credits (English I, II, III, IV)
Mathematics " 3 credits (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry - or more rigorous courses in mathematics)
Science " 3 credits (Biology I, Chemistry I, Physics I or life science, physical science, and earth/space science - at least one lab course)
Social Studies " 3 credits (From U.S. History, Economics, Government, World Geography and World Civilization - or comparable courses)
Foreign Language " 2 credits (Two credits in the same foreign language or demonstrated competency)
Health " 1/2 credit
Physical Education " 1/2 credit
History and Appreciation of Visual, Performing Arts " 1 credit
History and appreciation of visual and performing arts or another arts course that incorporates such content
Electives " 7 credits
A total of 24 credits or more must be completed in high school

Recommendations

Recommended strongly: one or more courses that develop computer literacy. Additionally, high school students are encouraged to complete at least one year of mathematics beyond Algebra II.

Engineering Information

Head of Engineering

Head of Engineering

Lawrence Holloway
Interim Dean
College of Engineering
University of Kentucky
351 Ralph G. Anderson Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0503
Phone: 859-257-1687
larry.holloway@uky.edu

Engineering Information

Engineering Degrees Offered

Types of Engineering Degrees

Bachelor's:B.S.
Master's:M.S. with thesis, M.S. without thesis, but with project or report
Doctoral:Ph.D.

Computer Science Degrees Awarded Outside the College/School of Engineering

Engineering Information

Engineering Departments

Engineering Department(s) Degree Granting Level Department Chair Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Graduate Abhijit Patwardhan Biomedical Engineering
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Both Sue Nokes Biological Engr. and Agricultural Engr.
Chemical and Materials Engineering Both Douglass Kalika Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering Both Reginald Souleyrette Civil Engineering
Computer Science Both W. Brent Seales Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Both Michael Johnson Electrical/Computer Engineering
Manufacturing Systems Engineering Graduate Fazleena Badurdeen Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Both Michael Renfro Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering Both Rick Honaker Mining Engineering
Undeclared Freshman Engineering Undergraduate Lawrence Holloway Engineering (General)

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Research Centers

  • INCOLL - Research center WITHIN the college of engineering
  • INDEPT - Research center WITHIN an engineering department
  • INUNIV - Research center WITHIN university system
  • OUTUNIV - Research center OUTSIDE the university
Center/Lab Discipline Research Class Head Chair
Center for Aluminum Technology Metallurgical and Matrls. Engineering INCOLL Shridas Ningileri
Center for Applied Energy Research Chemical Engineering INUNIV Rodney Andrews
Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments Electrical/Computer Engineering INCOLL W. Brent Seales
Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering INCOLL Ibrahim Jawahir
Institute of Research for Technology Development Mechanical Engineering INCOLL Kozo Saito
Kentucky Transportation Center Civil Engineering INCOLL Joseph Crabtree
Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute Civil Engineering INUNIV Lindell Ormsbee

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Degree Programs

Bachelor's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Biosystems Engineering (B.S.) Biological Engr. and Agricultural Engr.
Chemical and Materials Engineering Chemical Engineering (B.S.) Chemical Engineering
Chemical and Materials Engineering Materials Engineering (B.S.) Metallurgical and Matrls. Engineering
Civil Engineering Civil Engineering (B.S.) Civil Engineering
Computer Science Computer Science (B.S.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Engineering (B.S.) Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering (B.S.) Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering Mining Engineering (B.S.) Mining Engineering
Undeclared Freshman Engineering Undeclared Freshman Engineering Engineering (General)

Master's Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Master's Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Professional Biomedical Engineering (P.B.M.E.) Biomedical Engineering
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (M.S.) Biological Engr. and Agricultural Engr.
Chemical and Materials Engineering Chemical Engineering (M.S.) Chemical Engineering
Chemical and Materials Engineering Materials Science and Engineering (M.S.) Metallurgical and Matrls. Engineering
Civil Engineering Civil Engineering (M.S.) Civil Engineering
Computer Science Computer Science (M.S.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering (M.S.) Electrical/Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Manufacturing Systems Engineering (M.S.) Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems Engineering
Mining Engineering Mining Engineering (M.S.) Mining Engineering

Doctoral Degree Program(s)

Engineering Department(s) Doctoral Degree Program(s) Discipline
Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.) Biomedical Engineering
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (Ph.D.) Biological Engr. and Agricultural Engr.
Chemical and Materials Engineering Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.) Chemical Engineering
Chemical and Materials Engineering Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D.) Metallurgical and Matrls. Engineering
Civil Engineering Civil Engineering (Ph.D.) Civil Engineering
Computer Science Computer Science (Ph.D.) Computer Science (inside engineering)
Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.) Electrical/Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering Mining Engineering (Ph.D.) Mining Engineering

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Areas of Expertise

Engineering Departments Areas of Expertise
Biomedical Engineering
  1. Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  2. Biophotonics
  3. Bone Quality
  4. Cardiovascular Arrhythmia
  5. Cardiovascular Regulation
  6. Cellular Mechanotransduction
  7. Medical Imaging
  8. Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  9. Neural Engineering
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
  1. Livestock systems engineering
  2. Solar energy systems for agriculture and residential housing
  3. Lignocellulose conversion systems for biofuels, biomaterials, and bioproducts
  4. Stream restoration
  5. Low Impact Development
  6. Food Processing and Storage for Improved Health
  7. Compost bed packed barn design
  8. Machine systems automation
  9. Unmanned aerial systems
  10. Autonomous vehicles
Chemical and Materials Engineering
  1. Biopharmaceutical Engineering and Bionanotechnology
  2. Membrane Technology
  3. Environmental Engineering
  4. Polymer Science and Engineering
  5. Fuels and Carbon Technology
  6. Sustainability and Renewable Energy
  7. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials
  8. Energy Storage and Battery Technology
  9. Metals/Aluminum Processing
  10. Computational Materials Science
Civil Engineering
  1. Transportation Engineering
  2. Water Resources Engineering
  3. Structural Engineering
  4. Construction Engineering and Project Management
  5. Environmental and Vapor Intrusion
  6. Geotechnical and Materials Engineering
  7. Railroad Engineering
  8. Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure
  9. Global Collaboration and Humanitarian Engineering
  10. Safety and Security
Computer Science
  1. Scientific Computing
  2. Information-based Complexity
  3. Networking and Distributed Computing
  4. Computer Vision and Visualization
  5. Artificial Intelligence
  6. Cryptography
  7. Software Engineering
  8. Biomedical Informatics
  9. Privacy and Security
  10. Data Mining
Electrical and Computer Engineering
  1. Micro and Nano-scale devices and materials
  2. Electromagnetics
  3. Computer Engineering
  4. Communications, Signal Processing, and Controls
  5. Electromechanics and Power
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  1. Manufacturing Control Systems
  2. Lean Manufacturing
  3. Machining
  4. Welding
  5. Forming
Mechanical Engineering
  1. Thermal Fluid Sciences
  2. Manufacturing Processes and Systems
  3. Mechanics, Dynamics, Vibration and Acoustics
  4. Systems and Design
  5. Aerospace
  6. Biomechanics
  7. Precision Engineering
Mining Engineering
  1. Ground Control and Excavation Design
  2. Reclamation and Environmental Control
  3. Coal and Mineral Processing
  4. Mine Ventilation and Fires
  5. Explosives and Blasting
  6. Mine Electrical Systems

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Societies

Honor Societies

National Groups

  • Alpha Sigma Mu
  • Chi Epsilon
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Mu Sigma Rho
  • Omega Chi Epsilon
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Tau Beta Pi

Local Groups

  • Mu Nu Gamma

Student Organizations

National Groups

  • ACM
  • AIAA
  • AIChE
  • ASCE
  • ASME
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Chi Epsilon
  • Engineering Student Council
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Omega Chi Epsilon
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Soc. of Women Engineers
  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Inc.
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Triangle

Local Groups

  • Alpha Sigma Mu
  • Biosystems Student Branch
  • Energy Club
  • Engineering Ambassadors
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Formula Kentucky (UK Formula SAE Team)
  • International Society of Explosives Engineers
  • International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers
  • Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers
  • Material Advantage
  • Mu Nu Gamma
  • Mucking Team
  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Railcats
  • Solar Car Team
  • Women in Mining

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Support Programs

College's Under-Represented Student Groups

National Groups

  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

Local Groups

  • Phi Sigma Rho
  • Women in Mining

Other Student Support Programs

The College of Engineering offers many free student support services: Summer and Fall orientation programs for freshman and transfers, academic advising with both professional advisors and faculty members in their disciplines, placement and career development services including opportunities for internships, Co-Ops, study abroad and research, services for students with disabilities, counseling and testing services, special programs to support underrepresented groups in engineering, an engineering living learning program, free tutoring in every field of engineering, math and the sciences, and an eStudio which offers oral presentation rehearsal space, tutoring for technical writing, a state of the art digital media lab, and thesis and dissertation coaching.

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Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

*WEIGHTLESS WILDCATS:
The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program provides a unique academic experience for undergraduate students and educators to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly, and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment of their choice over the course of six months. The overall experience includes scientific
research, hands-on experimental design, test operations, and educational/public outreach activities.
OBJECTIVES:
To provide students and educators with an outstanding educational opportunity to
explore microgravity.
To attract outstanding young scholars to careers in math, science, and engineering in general.
To introduce young scholars to careers with NASA and in the space program in particular.
To provide a platform for students and educators to understand how microgravity affects research and testing of serious science and engineering ideas.
To provide an opportunity for both the general public and school children to discover educational and professional opportunities available at NASA.


*SOLAR CAR TEAM:
Gato del Sol is the 1982 Kentucky Derby winning thoroughbred and the namesake for our car. Stone Farm, who raised Gato del Sol, has been a longtime supporter of the University of Kentucky Solar Car Team. Gato, meaning cat in Spanish, and Sol, meaning sun in Spanish, is a very fitting name for Wildcats racing on the power of solar energy.

All majors are invited to join. No prior experience necessary.
Electrical Team " Makes the car go
•Integrates the solar array, maximum power point trackers, batteries, and motor controller.
•Sends data from the solar car to chase vehicle’s computer via the telemetry system.
Business " Makes the car possible
•Coordinates sponsorship from generous corporations and individuals
•Manages budget of nearly $500,000
•Plans outreach events and produces media (UK Ch. 50 Videos, Website)


*BIG BLUE BAJA TEAM:
Baja SAE consists of three regional competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain and sometimes even water.

The object of the competition is to provide SAE student members with a challenging project that involves the planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market. Teams compete against one another to have their design accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. Students must function as a team to not only design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.

All vehicles are powered by a ten-horsepower Intek Model 20 engine donated by Briggs & Stratton Corporation. For over twenty-five years, the generosity of Briggs & Stratton has enabled SAE to provide each team with a dependable engine free of charge. Use of the same engine by all the teams creates a more challenging engineering design test.


*RGAN ENGINEERING BUILDING SOLAR PV INSTALLATION:
A referendum was passed in the 2006 Univ of KY Student Government elections that asked students if they would be willing to pay a fee in order to support the development of renewable energy on campus. This fee currently results in about $150,000 per year in funds that are allocated by the UK Student Sustainability Council to promote sustainability on the UK campus. Working with leaders of this group it was determined that the campus should have some PV installed and engineering students could have a significant part in the design of that system as part of their coursework.

A semester project is assigned each year in the EE/BAE Solar Devices and Systems graduate level class. The objectives of the project are to gain analytical and numerical modeling skills for modeling and designing a photovoltaic system and to understand the integration, installation, performance evaluation, and economic issues related to PV systems. In 2013, the class was divided into four teams that each evaluated potential campus locations for the installation of a small, expandable, solar PV array and then did a complete design and economic analysis for a system installed in that location.

These designs have subsequently been used by the Student Sustainability Council in coordination with the UK Physical Plant to inform the bid documents for the installation of a 112-panel, 14kW system on the roof of the Ralph G. Anderson Engineering Building. The system is to be installed in December 2014 and will be operational for monitoring by classes during the 2015 spring semester.


*AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS DESIGN CHALLENGE:
CE 429, Civil Engineering Systems Design, is the capstone design experience for the Civil Engineering program. Students take this course in their final semester before graduation; it is intended to provide the students a project-based introduction to the planning, assessment, and preliminary design of civil engineering projects.
Currently, the seniors are working with the UK Office of Sustainability to study design options for the Avenue of Champions corridor. With the recent and ongoing construction of residential halls and the new Student Center along this corridor, the potential for pedestrian and vehicle conflicts has increased. The students are challenged to develop and assess alternative scenarios for closing all or portions of the corridor for a pedestrian plaza; design considerations must include traffic impacts, safety improvements, site layout, environmental considerations, construction cost, and others.


*WILDCAT PULLING TEAM:
The ASABE International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition gives students a comprehensive perspective on what it takes to design, build, test and market a product. Each year, universities across the United States and Canada compete for top honors in design and performance categories. Teams are also judged by a panel of industry experts on a written report and an oral presentation. All teams are given a 31 hp Briggs & Stratton engine and a set of Titan tires " the rest is up to them.
The University of Kentucky Wildcat Pulling Team has fielded an entry every year since 1999 and won the competition in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The latest designs have used a custom-tuned continuously variable transmission in series with a 3-speed manual transaxle to maximize power transfer while keeping the tractor safe and easy to drive. The diverse team includes students across multiple departments from the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.


*AEROFRAME AND ASSEMBLY OF HUMAN POWERED VEHICLE:
(Sponsor: ASME) " Two groups worked on the powertrain and frame for a human powered vehicle in 2014. The objective of the current work is to make incremental improvements to the prior two teams’ work improving the integration between the frame and powertrain. Additionally, this team will also develop the aero package. A complete assessment of possible failure modes and safety testing is also expected.


*TRAQ DAMPER LINKAGE:
(Sponsor: Trane) " Develop a lower cost method to link HVAC dampers together. The linkage rod currently requires a costly milling operation to fit into a purchased bearing and bracket assembly and lever arms. Goals include reducing the cost by 50%, meeting torque requirements, and improving the manufacturability.


*BOLSTER OPEN PIT SAFETY ISSUE:
(Sponsor: Toyota) " Presses are configured with 2 bolsters to allow one die to be in the press while the other can be staged for floor work or preparation for press work. The bolster indexes in and out of the press creating an open pit condition. People working in the area are familiar with this safety hazard but the hazard still exists. The design team will review the operation, perform a risk assessment to identify all the hazards, and develop countermeasures to minimize the risk of a fall into this open pit area.


*PROTOTYPE BUILDING SOLUTION USING THE I-PANEL:
(Sponsor: Outdoor Venture Corp.) " Outdoor Venture Corporation is now manufacturing structural insulated panels, branded as the iPanel, which are used as an innovative temporary building material for walls, floors, and roofs of new or renovated structures. The goal is to develop a new product design using the iPanel which will be expandable, mobile, easily assembled, energy efficient, and with the ability to pack and transport in compact form. Applications are numerous and include disaster relief, temporary and workforce housing, mobile medical facilities, and classrooms in rural communities.


*FEASIBILITY OF NOISE CANCELLATION OF SUPERCHARGER NOISE:
(Sponsor: Eaton Corp.) " Develop a test rig to examine active noise control solutions for supercharger tonal noise. A sound power source will be placed into the intake and would produce a signal that would cancel out the tonal noise.


*ELIMINATE WELD FOR AUTOMATIC BRAKE ADJUSTER:
(Sponsor: STEMCO Motor Wheel) " The current method for setting and securing torque on automatic brake adjuster relies on a threaded cap that is welded in place. This requires extra process steps and provides an aesthetically unappealing part appearance. The desired outcome is to develop alternate, cost effective solutions to improve visual appearance of the part while still allowing ability to adjust and lock torque setting of assembled part.


*DEVELOPMENT OF MECHANISM LAB:
(Sponsor: Department of Mechanical Engineering) " The objective of this project is to develop a mechanism lab for the mechanical engineering lab courses. It is desired that the team develop a demonstration system for four-bar linkages, slider cranks, and quick return mechanisms. It is desired that a) different mechanism types can be considered b) certain key dimensions can be changed for a given mechanism type, c) measurement of translational and angular speeds can be accomplished and d) input angular speed is roughly constant and can be controlled.


*KENTUCKY RE-ENTRY UNIVERSAL PAYLOAD SYSTEM:
(Sponsor: NASA Kentucky Space Grant) " The Kentucky re-entry universal payload system (KRUPS) is a physical proto-flight of an experimental re-entry vehicle that was designed and built by two teams of students at the University of Kentucky. The vehicle is intended as a research platform to gather information and collect data on re-entry flow field and thermal protection system response. This project aims at completing the design of the vehicle and performing the launch qualifications procedures.


*DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR A FORMULA SAE VEHICLE:
(Sponsor: SAE) " Design a safe and robust suspension system for a Formula SAE Vehicle and perform tests on prototype.


*AUTOMATED FUSEGRADE TEST MACHINE:
(Sponsor: Lexmark) " Develop automated machine that is capable of testing how effectively the toner is adhered to the printed page. The machine must perform the test and quantify the results automatically.


*6 DOF FORCE SENSOR
(Sponsor: Commercial Vehicle Group) " Develop a test sensor to be used for vibration and shaker table testing of seats.


*AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE
(Sponsor: Trane) " Research and develop an automated material handling system for moving material throughout the manufacturing floor.


*AIRPLANE AUXILIARY POWER UNIT COMPARTMENT DRAINAGE:
(Sponsor: Dr. Jose Grana) Develop test fixture to measure/verify flowrates and air ingestion of various compartment designs.


*KENTUCKY RE-ENTRY UNIVERSAL PAYLOAD SYSTEM:
(Sponsor: NASA Kentucky Space Grant) " The Kentucky re-entry universal payload system (KRUPS) is a physical proto-flight of an experimental re-entry vehicle that was designed and built by two teams of students at the University of Kentucky. The vehicle is intended as a research platform to gather information and collect data on re-entry flow field and thermal protection system response. This project aims at completing the design of an interface between the vehicle an Exo-brake that will accelerate re-entry and improve landing accuracy.


*DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION OF AN INERTIA ELECTROSTATIC CONFINEMENT PLASMA GENERATOR:
(Sponsor: Dr. Michael Winter) " Design and build various structures for confinement and plasma generation.


*CATARACT SURGERY DEVICES
(Sponsor: Dr. Eric Higgins) " Two teams are working on the design and development of various tools and devices to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of cataract surgery. The goal is to have low cost tools that could be used in third-world countries that require smaller incisions to aid in the patient recover time.


*UK SOLAR CAR DYNAMOMETER:
(Sponsor " UK Solar Car Team) " Develop a dynamometer to characterize the motor performance of the Solar Car. The dynamometer will quantify both the motor power output and regenerative braking characteristics of the Solar Car.


*TEAM 01 NASA’S ROBOTIC MINING COMPETITION:
The concept of expanding our scientific capabilities on Mars brings about many complicated and rewarding challenges. One aspect of great interest is the terrain of the Martian surface. Excavating and analyzing Martian terrain is not a new concept but NASA is interested in mining on the Martian surface in a much larger scale. A complete and portable mining robot is desired to carry out this task. This type of robot could be used to help support a self sufficient base on Mars.

NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition wants college engineers to design and build a mining robot that can traverse Martian terrain (The competition itself will use the simulated chaotic terrain), excavate Martian regolith and ice simulant, and deposit it in a central location within a limited time frame. The robot should be as lightweight, efficient, and autonomous as possible.

The University of Kentucky ECE Senior Design Team intends to build its first robot participating in NASA’s competition at the end of the school year in Florida.


*TEAM 02 A CONCEPT FOR A NET-ZERO PARKING GARAGE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY CAMPUS (1):
Cost is one of the heaviest constraints in both historical and modern electrical engineering. Engineers have limited ability when working with expensive material and large-scale projects. On the other hand, electrical energy uses have exponentially increased in the last half-century, which brings to the surface global warming issues and resource availability. In terms of electrical engineering and the concern for end-users, this creates an even higher demand for relative cost and renewable energy design. Fortunately, the need for this project falls into both categories. A net-zero structure is needed for one of the University of Kentucky parking structures. The term “net-zero” refers to the cost of electrical power (kilowatt-hours) supplied being equal to the cost of power consumed by the load of the structure over a one-year time period. With several options for design and renewable energy, accessibility, safety, and excess power consumption become additional needs. Engineering students and maintenance department need access to view modern electrical systems for education and upkeep for the system, respectively. Safety is always a need of the end-users, which in this case, are those who park in the structures and come within proximity of the power system. Excess power consumption needs to be safely supplied back to the main power grid to further save money and create reliability.

The main objective as stated from the customer of the project is to determine the feasibility, design, and cost of equipping a UK parking garage with a net-zero, solar photovoltaic array. The array will deliver a power equal to the annual consumption of the chosen garage back into the university’s power grid. The array must be seamlessly integrated and located as conveniently as possible allowing for periodic maintenance and observation. In addition to the main objectives, ethical and safety codes, provided by the National Electric Code (NEC), must be met per the University’s requirements. A fully developed return-on-investment must also be considered with the design of this array.


*TEAM 03 SATELLITE ELECTRICAL POWER SYSTEM:
The need for this project is to redesign the electrical power system (EPS) for the University of Kentucky’s KSAT satellite. The satellite is capable of attitude determination and control, and has payload-processing capabilities, but requires an EPS rework. The system should efficiently convert solar energy into electrical energy via photovoltaic cells. By doing this, it will allow power to be stored and distributed throughout the spacecraft efficiently. Overall, a working power supply is needed for the satellite to launch.

The objective of this project is to design and build a new EPS to fit the satellite, which safely and reliably supplies power to it. To do this, optimal solar cell arrangement must be found, the EPS must be tested with actual satellite subsystems, and software to control the EPS must be written. The goal is for the satellite to be launch-ready in early to mid 2016 once the power supply is functioning properly. The main data that we want to obtain from the satellite once it launches is to see what the attitude is and to see how the attitude changes over time. The attitude comes directly from the cameras on the satellite, which is how we will obtain the data that we want to know. The EPS must intake, store, and supply the power necessary to achieve this.


*TEAM 04 A CONCEPT FOR A NET-ZERO PARKING GARAGE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY CAMPUS (2):
Based on 2010 data from the U.S. Department of Energy, the buildings sector alone in the United States accounts for 7% of global primary energy consumption. This electric load results in a tremendous amount of dedicated base load generation from fossil ¬based generation sources, and consequently the United States was responsible for the emission of about 5.5 million metric tons of CO2 in 2013. The challenge is to reduce the energy demand of our structures that is currently being supplied by the utility grid.

At the University of Kentucky, there are eight parking garages with a combined 7,500 parking spaces. These garages are largely operating with simplistic lighting schemes and inefficient lighting fixtures. Consequently, they are highly wasteful and expensive while providing no added benefit to the user. Most importantly, none of these eight garages provide any form of power generation, yet they rise well above their surroundings and collect unobstructed sunlight.

To date, UK has invested in three photovoltaic installations on campus, and the business case improves with each subsequent project. PV provides an excellent source of on¬site power generation, and a parking garage provides potentially the most surface area and easiest installation process of any structure on campus.

A net¬-zero parking garage at UK will have a payback period well below the equipment warranty, diversify the campus energy portfolio, and raise sustainability awareness throughout the community. By constructing a net-¬zero parking garage, the University of Kentucky will both achieve and promote the reduction of campus energy consumption.

There are two primary overall objectives and a host of benefits that result from achieving them. The objectives are simply 1) to reduce energy consumption as much as reasonably possible for a parking garage, and 2) to offset energy consumption via local power generation. A specific parking garage has not yet been identified by UK, therefore the first task will be determining which parking garage to target.

Upon selecting the optimal parking garage, a new, efficient lighting scheme will be developed. Then a PV system will be designed in order for the garage to be “Net-Zero.” A Net¬Zero Parking Garage must produce as much, or more, energy as it consumes over the course of one year. This generation is typically achieved using a photovoltaic solar panel installation. The solar PV system must follow all national and local standards, codes, and regulations. The system will also be reliable, safe, and low¬ maintenance.

As outlined in the provided project description, “the [solar PV system] design proposal will include basic structural elements, solar PV equipment selection, any necessary control sequences, simple visual renderings, and a one¬line diagram of the DC and AC components of the system, including utilization of proper electrical codes, safety codes, and technologies.” A thorough cost¬benefit analysis will also be conducted in order to describe the financial feasibility and benefit to the University for installing the PV system.


*TEAM 05 UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING SOLAR PV:
The College of Engineering currently has a 30kW PV (photovoltaic) array on the top of the Ralph G. Anderson Building (RGAN). The Physical Plant Division (PPD) is currently planning to increase the solar energy production to 60 kW, which increases the building efficiency and lowers energy costs. PPD has requested that at least 3 10kW+ arrays be proposed for various locations in the College of Engineering. In order to decide which plan to select, a return on investment (ROI) is needed on each plan. These solar cells will enable the College of Engineering to reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs, while improving their public image.

The primary objective of this project is to design three separate solar installations and recommend the best installation to the PPD. This installation will be chosen based on the ROI and the performance of equipment. The group will decide on the best course of action for mounting the panels and the location of the panels. All three of the proposals will meet all electrical and safety codes in order to pass inspection. Several factors will be considered when determining the bestROI of each design. For example, using a Gallium Arsenide solar cell will be more efficient than a Silicon solar cell, but will be more expensive. Available space for the panels will influence the installation location selection. Location selection will also be determined by the ease of accessing the power room in each building, as the energy harvested from the installed solar panels will be directed to the power room.


*TEAM 06 SOLAR CAR REFLOW OVEN PROJECT:
The UK solar car team designs and builds many printed circuit boards (PCB’s), which contain surface mount devices. These devices must be soldered to the board to establish connections to contact pads. Currently, the team solders the surface mounted devices in small sections using a spot treatment of solder paste and a hot air tool. The process is very time consuming and not very efficient due to requiring a lot of manual labor. The solar car team desires to eliminate all labor and speed up the process tremendously by soldering multiple devices to the board at once using a reflow oven. A reflow oven is a machine which subjects the PCB to multiple heating and cooling stages to effectively solder the surface mounted devices. Not surprisingly, reflow ovens can cost thousands of dollars. It is crucial to utilize the resources and $300 provided by the solar car team to create a functional, affordable product within budget. A dependable reflow oven at this price point could be marketable to other electronic hobbyists looking for efficient, cost saving ways to solder their won PCB’s.

The goal of the project is to design and build a functioning reflow oven prototype for the solar car team. The reflow oven will be standalone, in other words, the machine will be preprogrammed and not require the additional hookup of a PC. These pre-installed programs will consist of various heating profiles based on the type of solder paste being used (lead/lead free). Certain heating profiles will be required due to the unique melting points of the paste and their specific cool down rates. The oven will have a user interface where these distinct heating profiles can be selected, and also at any time, allow the user to alter heating profiles based on temperature and time duration. The solar car team’s biggest PCB to date is 3.5” X 6”, therefore the oven will be able to house a PCB of at least this size at minimum. The ability of the reflow oven to house an even larger PCB will expand the solar car team’s future fabrication ability.


*TEAM 07 SOLAR CAR CURRENT SENSOR:
In the era of “green” technology, great progress is being made to improve the sustainability and efficiency of using renewable energy sources. Almost all renewable energy systems (wind turbines, hydroelectric, photovoltaic, etc) rely on rechargeable batteries for energy storage. This energy storage is critical for providing energy when the source is not actively producing power (ex. nighttime with solar cells) and storing excess energy when there is an abundance (ex. daytime with solar cells). The Solar Car Team at the University of Kentucky, likewise, stores energy for use in a rechargeable battery pack. With most battery storage systems, knowing the battery’s “State of Charge” (SoC) is crucial in maximizing the use of this stored energy. Though commercial devices exist for this purpose, they are not well suited for use on the UK solar car. To accurately determine the SoC of the solar car’s batteries, a continuous measurement of the battery input/output current is required. A device that measures and records this input/output current and communicates to the solar car’s data collection system would allow the team to determine the SoC. This will enable the solar car team to accurately predict optimal driving speed, how much further the car can be driven, how much time is required to fully charge the car, and how efficiently power from the solar panel is being converted to mechanical power. This device will be very useful to the team’s operations and could find use with other solar car teams or renewable energy systems.

The objective of this project is to design, build, test, and implement a device which will accurately measure the input/output battery pack current on the UK solar car. The device will communicate with the existing data collection and communication protocol on the solar car and provide information regarding this measured current (namely, the device will perform a live integration of the measured current). The device will also receive data from the data collection system for use in calculations as the solar car team sees fit. Additionally, the device will provide live streaming data through a USB interface for the team to use during testing and troubleshooting. Finally, the device will be designed to meet physical and operational requirements such as physical size, electrical isolation, and power dissipation.


*TEAM 08 and TEAM 10 EMBEDDED PROJECT FOR UK FIRST YEAR ENGINEERING STUDENTS:

The College of Engineering wishes to create a program that incoming engineering freshmen will take for their first two semesters that will acquaint the students with engineering skills that will serve them through their college career and on. One of the most important of these common skills is teamwork. Another skill that is becoming considered absolutely vital is a familiarity in programming. In order to service these needs, beginning next year the College of Engineering will implement a common engineering experience that will acquaint the students with computer and hardware basics. To demonstrate and solidify what they’ve learned in class the College of Engineering needs a well¬-designed final project that will allow the students to demonstrate their skills in a creative way through the use of an embedded computing system. The College of Engineering needs to know what embedded environment would be best suited for the class and a final project to cap everything off.

The objective of this project is to create a hands¬-on design project as part of a new common freshman experience that will start in the Fall of 2016. The goal is to lay the groundwork and evaluate the infrastructure necessary for the College of Engineering design project they will try to complete. A central part of this plan is to develop a “hands-on” design project where these students will use computing technology to design, and develop a system. These systems will be the core of the project itself while other engineering disciplines will be used to support and integrate the system into the final design. These students will be working in a team environment for the majority of the school year learning to work together and build up their technical knowledge so that they will have enough resources to be able to complete the final design project.


*TEAM 09 VENTILATION NETWORK MODEL:
Laboratory work is a critical element for all students training to become engineers. It provides the hands on experience that engineering students need to be prepared to work in their field of study. At the University of Kentucky, there are many of these laboratories. Most of the components of the laboratories at the University of Kentucky mimic the equipment that students will encounter when they transition from the educational aspect to professional aspect of their careers; however, there are a few components that need updating. Of the few components that need updating, Dr. Chad Wedding of the Civil Engineering department has made a formal request for a solution team.

Dr. Wedding uses one of the University of Kentucky’s laboratories to teach mining engineering students about network analysis. There has been a ventilation network in place in this laboratory for over fifteen years, but it has become too outdated and too difficult to maintain for continued relevance in Dr. Wedding’s teaching curriculum. Dr. Wedding, therefore, needs the solution team of his choosing to use modern technological capabilities to redesign the ventilation network so that it is useful in teaching students how to monitor and adjust atmospheric conditions within a simulated mine network.

To meet Dr. Wedding’s needs for the ventilation network, embedded sensors will be employed that monitor conditions and report them to a central PC. The desired conditions to be monitored are air velocity, temperature, pressure, and gas concentration. A hot wire anemometer circuit for air velocity and interfaces for temperature, pressure, and CO2 concentration are needed. The air velocity circuit of the network needs to be designed by the solution team, while the other three sensory elements are available for off of the shelf purchase. This anemometer circuit needs to be designed and implemented on a custom shield, involving PCB layout and finding a suitable board manufacturer. This anemometer circuit needs to communicate with a stepper circuit to control iris dampers so that the air velocity is 2.5m/s under normal conditions. In addition to status information being measured and reported to a central PC, Dr. Wedding needs the network model to be equipped with a touch screen interface so that the user can make adjustments to return the air to normal conditions.


*TEAM 11 AERIAL MAPPING DRONE:
The goal of this project is to build an aerial mapping drone. The team will develop a fixed wing and/or multi-rotor UAV, sensors for imaging and mapping the terrain, and ground station infrastructure as necessary to support the airborne assets.


*TEAM 12 HYBRID MULTI-EFFECT GUITAR PEDAL:
Currently there are a multitude of guitar multi-effect pedals on the market, which aggregate a diverse range of effects into a single pedal. These pedals work almost exclusively through a Digital Signal Processor, or DSP. Although some effects such as delays can be implemented cheaply and effectively using a DSP, others such as distortion and overdrive yield inferior tone when created digitally as opposed to through traditional analog circuitry. There are currently no popular multi-effect pedals on the market that implement both analog and digital circuitry to achieve the best possible tone for the entire range of effects provided.

Additionally the user interfaces for these pedals are generally unintuitive and confusing for the user. The only displays on the pedals are very small screens or 7-segment displays. The purposes of the buttons on the pedals are also confusing as they are often unlabeled or have multiple functions. This forces the user to frequently reference the manual to get the full functionality out of the pedal, creating a frustrating user experience. With the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablet devices, users are accustomed to simple and intuitive user interfaces, which modern guitar multi-effect pedals fail to deliver.

The team’s approach to this problem is to create a Hybrid guitar effect pedal that has an LCD screen to aid to the ease of use and functionality of the guitar. The guitar pedal will have many effects and functions including but not limited to: distortion, overdrive, delay, chorus, flanger, compression, arpeggiation, auto-wah, and a tuner. This pedal will have a range of effects, be easy to use and be at a relatively low cost to produce.


*TEAM 13 SOLAR CAR REFLOW OVEN (2)
The University of Kentucky’s Solar Car Team is constantly upgrading equipment associated with their solar car, Gato Del Sol V. One element of upgrades for the solar car is new circuit boards. These circuit boards are highly integrated and use surface-mount devices that are added onto the circuit board by soldering them into place. This soldering process is best completed in a Solder Reflow Oven. The solar car team believes that it would be very beneficial for them to have a custom designed solder reflow oven, with multiple options for different types of circuit boards and solder.

The objective of this project is to design and build a custom solder reflow oven. This oven will have multiple thermocouples, which will be used to monitor the temperature of the oven at different locations. The thermocouples will feed temperature data to several different circuits in our system design. Having multiple heat sensors within the oven enclosure will enable us to ensure that the heat is evenly distributed throughout. The sensors will be constantly checking for faulty conditions, such as overheating. And if an overheating event were to occur, safety circuitry would send the system into an emergency shutdown state, in which all power is shut off. The primary function of the emergency shutdown state will be to protect the operators from injury, and secondary to safety, will be preventing critical damage to the oven itself.

We intend to design the oven for the use of lead and lead free solder, which require different ramp up and cool down temperature profiles. In addition to this, we intend to implement programming that will enable the oven to be used with different variations of circuit boards. This custom design and build will cut the cost of buying a reflow oven, and will be designed specifically for the solar car team’s needs.


*TEAM 14 GLOBE CLOCK
Product placement is everything. If the consumer doesn’t see it, advertising efforts are wasted. Traditional print ads are durable and distributable but can be too detailed and easily overlooked, not to mention a waste of paper. A product designed such that it would attract customer attention significantly better than other advertising mediums would have a very high market demand. With lower cost and power consumption, this product would have a solid foothold in an already niche market.
The team will design a device that allows the user to market a chosen message, image, or logo to a consumer base in an artistic, eye catching manner. An intuitive control interface will allow the user to easily reprogram the displayed image, produced by a rotating ring of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) acting as pixels. Relying on the persistence of vision (POV) technique, control hardware will modulate the LEDs to create a smooth, spherical display surface. The ease of use, level of customization and effectiveness will make it a superior advertising tool.

Engineering Information

College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

The College offers four-year undergraduate programs in computer science and engineering, emphasizing basic science and engineering fundamentals in the first two years, followed by two years of more specialized training in one of our majors, with some liberal arts throughout all four years. Our new First Year Engineering program provides students with hands-on engineering experiences and an opportunity to explore all the engineering disciplines to make an informed decision on their academic major. Emphasis is on a balanced program in order to prepare each student for an entry level position or graduate studies. Co-op programs are available which would normally extend a program to five years. Transfer programs are articulated with regional colleges and universities.

Engineering Information

Engineering Faculty & Research

Teaching, Tenure-Track View Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Full Professors Assoc. Professors Assistant Professors Program Total
Biomedical Engineering 3 2 1 6
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering 9 1 6 16
Chemical and Materials Engineering 15 4 5 24
Civil Engineering 11 6 3 20
Computer Science 14 4 3 21
Electrical and Computer Engineering 17 4 3 24
Manufacturing Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 10 13 8 31
Mining Engineering 6 0 2 8
Undeclared Freshman Engineering 0 0 0 0
Totals: 85 34 31 150

Teaching, Non-Tenure-Track

Engineering Department(s) FT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel PT Instr. & Other Teach. Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Teach. Personnel
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering 1 0 1 0.00
Chemical and Materials Engineering 3 2 5 0.38
Civil Engineering 2 7 9 2.00
Computer Science 3 1 4 0.13
Electrical and Computer Engineering 3 6 9 2.08
Manufacturing Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Mechanical Engineering 4 7 11 2.00
Mining Engineering 0 1 1 0.08
Undeclared Freshman Engineering 0 6 6 1.08
Totals: 16 30 46 7.75

Non-Teaching, Research

Engineering Department(s) Non-Teach. FT Research Personnel Non-Teach. PT Research Personnel Total Personnel FTE of all PT Non-Teach. Research Personnel
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering 1 0 1 0.00
Chemical and Materials Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Computer Science 0 0 0 0.00
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Manufacturing Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Mechanical Engineering 2 0 2 0.00
Mining Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Undeclared Freshman Engineering 0 0 0 0.00
Totals: 3 0 3 0.00

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Gender/Ethnicity Profiles

  • American Indian or Alaska Native (Am Ind): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Black or African American (B/AfrA): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Haw): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • Hispanic or Latino (Hisp): A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, "Spanish origin," can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
  • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Full Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 7 2
Chemical and Materials Engineering 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 2 0 0 12 3
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 10 1
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 2 0 0 12 2
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 11 1 0 0 16 1
Manufacturing Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 9 1
Mining Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6 0
Undeclared Freshman Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 1 0 0 19 0 0 0 0 0 56 9 0 0 75 10

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Associate Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Chemical and Materials Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 2
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 1
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Manufacturing Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 8 1 0 0 10 3
Mining Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Undeclared Freshman Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 1 1 0 0 20 3 0 0 27 7

Teaching, Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor Profiles

Engineering Department(s) Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or more Total Personnel
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 5 1
Chemical and Materials Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 3 2
Civil Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
Electrical and Computer Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Manufacturing Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 7 1
Mining Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Undeclared Freshman Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 2 3 0 0 0 15 4 0 0 25 6

Undergraduate

Admissions/Transfers

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

All freshman applicants must submit an application for admission, a non-refundable application processing fee, an official high school transcript and a copy of ACT or SAT scores. Applications must be completed by February 15 for fall admission, by October 15 for spring admission. Admission for freshman applicants is based on high school grades, national college admission test results and successful completion of the required precollege curriculum. Minimum entry requirement is ACT Math score of 23 or higher or the SAT equivalent. Required HS courses: English (4 yrs), Math including Algebra I & II and Geometry (3 yrs), Science chosen from Biology, Chemistry & Physics (2 yrs), Social Studies incl American History & World Civ (2 yrs). Recommended HS courses: Foreign Language (2 yrs), Computers (1 yr), Mechanical Drawing (1 yr) Fourth year of Math (1 yr). A new student is admitted into a pre-engineering major or pre-computer science major within the College at the time of admission to the institution. For the first semester only, a new freshman may register as Undeclared Engineering, choosing a major at the end of the first semester.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Admission to engineering standing in any major requires submission of an application for engineering standing in a department, completion of at least 35 hours toward the degree program with a minimum GPA of 2.5, completion of the program requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in freshman English, freshman chemistry, physics course(s), calculus courses and completion of the additional specific program admission requirements.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

1. International Application for Undergraduate Admission
2. $60 non-refundable application processing fee
3. Official Transcripts: All secondary school and college/university level transcripts must be submitted for review. The transcripts must be official and in student’s native language. Student will also need to provide another official transcript that has been translated into English by their secondary school or college/university. (PHOTOCOPIES, SCANNED IMAGES, OR FAXES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED). College/university transcripts from institutions outside of the United States will be evaluated for transfer credit. To insure student receives the most transfer credit possible, student may choose to have their transcripts evaluated by a professional credential evaluation agency.
4. Course Descriptions or Syllabi for transfer applicants: Transfer applicants are required to provide course descriptions or syllabi in both native language and in English translation for all the courses on student’s transcript. They must be on official letterhead from all of the institutions student has attended. If admitted, this will allow our Transfer Equivalency Office to begin the course evaluation process before student arrives on campus. (PHOTOCOPIES, SCANNED IMAGES, OR FAXES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED).
5. Bank Statement on bank letterhead is required. Scanned or faxed copies of the official bank statement or an original bank statement will be accepted. Please show an available balance in U.S. dollars of $38,500 if applying for the 2016 Spring and Fall Semesters. Fees are subject to change.
6. Complete the Sponsor Guarantee Form
7. English Proficiency: 
The University of Kentucky accepts official TOEFL and IELTS results from the testing headquarters. The minimum TOEFL score of 71 (iBT), 197 (cbt) or 527 (paper-based) or a minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS is required for admission to the University of Kentucky. To order official scores, please contact: 
TOEFL UK's Office of Undergraduate Admission TOEFL code is 1234.
8. Freshman applicants who wish to be considered for academic scholarships or a major within UK's College of Engineering must also provide Official ACT or SAT Results. To order an official score report, please contact: 
ACT or (319) 337-1313. UK's school code is 1554.
 SAT or (866) 756-7346. UK's school code is 1837.
 ACT/SAT SCORES MUST NOT BE OVER 5 YEARS OLD.
9. Academic Letter of Recommendation: All first-time freshman applicants must submit an academic letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. The recommender can submit this electronically or can download a PDF version, complete it, and mail it to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
10. A copy of student’s passport. Additional documents may be requested at time of application.

Faxes and photocopies of official documents will not be accepted.

Applications must reach the admissions office by May 15 for fall admission, by October 15 for spring admission

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as for resident students

Residency Requirements

Students must complete at least 30 of the last 36 credit hours at the University of Kentucky. No more than 67 semester transfer hours will be accepted from a two-year college toward degree.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

All transfer applicants must submit one official transcript from each college/univ attended, roster of the courses in which the student is currently enrolled and a final official transcript of work completed. Minimum cum. GPA on all work taken is 2.0. Minimum cum. GPA of 2.0 at the last school attended.

Undergraduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): In-State / Out-of-State

Undergraduate Group 1 Undergraduate Group 2
Tuition & Fees: $11,320 $26,156
Room & Board: $9,330 $9,330
Books & Supplies: $1,500 $1,500
Other Expenses:
Estimated avg. course load per term: 15 15
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: Yes

Special Programs or Fee Structures

Students are charged an additional $57.60 per credit hour fee for each graduate engineering course and $57.60 per credit hour for each undergraduate engineering course.

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Institution's Own Application Form, Supplemental Student Loan Form, Federal Tax Return Forms (IRS), Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Financial Aid Transcript, University scholarship applications

Additional Financial Aid Information

- Academic scholarship application
- Parker scholarship application
- Transfer student scholarship application
-Continuing student application
-Separate needs based scholarship application for Freshman

Undergraduate

New Applicants

New Undergraduate Applicants

A. Number of undergraduate applicants to the engineering college: 3,126
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 2,368
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 840
Percentage of entering students (excluding transfer students) ranked in the top quarter (25%) of their high schools: 72%

Newly Enrolled Test Scores

Scores Reflect 75th to 25th percentile

SAT 75th 25th
Math Range: 710 600
Reading Range: 673 560
Writing Range: 640 520
Combined Range: 1360 1150
ACT 75th 25th
Math Range: 32 26
Composite Range: 31 25

Undergraduate

Enrollments by Class

Undergraduate Engr. Programs Fresh
1st Year
Soph
2nd Year
Junior
3rd Year
Senior
4th/5th Year
Full Time Total Part Time Total
Biosystems Engineering (B.S.) 50 46 38 63 197 6
Chemical Engineering (B.S.) 104 82 102 184 472 55
Civil Engineering (B.S.) 82 81 97 150 410 26
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 61 45 40 60 206 6
Computer Science (B.S.) 157 82 100 154 493 28
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 59 39 59 105 262 16
Materials Engineering (B.S.) 24 15 19 30 88 2
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 197 137 207 339 880 102
Mining Engineering (B.S.) 29 19 12 39 99 1
Undeclared Freshman Engineering 70 5 1 0 76 0
Totals: 833 551 675 1124 3183 242

Freshmen

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biosystems Engineering (B.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 0 1 0 25 0
Women 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 1 0 25 0
Chemical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 52 3 3 0 67 3
Women 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 31 4 1 0 37 4
Civil Engineering (B.S.)
Men 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 58 0 2 0 68 1
Women 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 14 0
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 0 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 40 0 2 0 57 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 7 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 0 92 1 12 0 128 1
Women 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 17 0 1 0 29 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 42 0 2 0 53 0
Women 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 6 0
Materials Engineering (B.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 12 0 1 0 17 0
Women 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 7 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 3 0 8 0 7 0 0 0 7 0 9 0 0 0 136 25 3 0 173 25
Women 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 0 24 2
Mining Engineering (B.S.)
Men 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 0 2 0 24 0
Women 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Undeclared Freshman Engineering
Men 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 40 0 4 0 48 0
Women 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 22 0
Totals: 21 0 28 0 31 1 0 0 33 0 40 0 0 0 644 35 36 0 833 36

Sophomores

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biosystems Engineering (B.S.)
Men 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 1 2 0 24 1
Women 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0 1 0 22 0
Chemical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 9 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 34 4 3 0 55 4
Women 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 20 6 1 0 27 6
Civil Engineering (B.S.)
Men 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 56 0 0 0 69 1
Women 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 12 0
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 2 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 2 0 39 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 6 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 5 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 53 1 6 0 74 1
Women 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 8 0
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 1 2 0 33 1
Women 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 6 0
Materials Engineering (B.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 9 0
Women 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 6 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 12 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 5 2 0 0 95 11 5 0 122 14
Women 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1 0 0 15 1
Mining Engineering (B.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 1 0 16 0
Women 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Undeclared Freshman Engineering
Men 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Women 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Totals: 47 0 18 0 23 1 0 0 14 1 18 2 0 0 405 25 26 0 551 29

Juniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biosystems Engineering (B.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0 1 0 20 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 1 0 0 18 1
Chemical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 12 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 38 6 3 0 61 7
Women 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 31 2 1 0 41 2
Civil Engineering (B.S.)
Men 3 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 60 3 1 0 71 7
Women 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 14 1 0 0 26 1
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 25 1 1 0 36 2
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 60 4 6 0 82 4
Women 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 13 1 0 0 18 1
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 1 0 38 1 1 0 54 2
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 5 0
Materials Engineering (B.S.)
Men 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 2 0 15 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 13 0 5 1 10 0 0 0 5 0 4 1 0 1 143 17 4 0 184 20
Women 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 17 1 0 0 23 1
Mining Engineering (B.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 11 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Undeclared Freshman Engineering
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 53 1 12 1 32 1 1 0 23 3 30 3 1 1 502 38 21 0 675 48

Seniors

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biosystems Engineering (B.S.)
Men 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 34 0 0 0 37 1
Women 0 0 3 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 17 2 0 0 26 3
Chemical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 19 1 4 1 2 0 0 0 6 2 3 0 0 0 79 18 2 0 115 22
Women 5 0 2 1 3 1 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 51 4 3 0 69 7
Civil Engineering (B.S.)
Men 3 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 109 14 2 0 121 15
Women 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 23 1 1 0 29 1
Computer Engineering (B.S.)
Men 4 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 41 2 1 1 53 4
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 7 0
Computer Science (B.S.)
Men 4 0 5 1 5 1 0 0 4 0 6 0 0 0 100 15 7 0 131 17
Women 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 16 2 2 1 23 4
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 9 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 3 2 2 1 0 0 71 5 2 0 91 10
Women 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 7 2 1 0 14 3
Materials Engineering (B.S.)
Men 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 17 1 1 0 22 1
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 8 1
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
Men 21 1 12 2 7 3 0 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 247 26 7 0 302 32
Women 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 31 6 2 0 37 7
Mining Engineering (B.S.)
Men 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 1 0 0 33 1
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 6 0
Undeclared Freshman Engineering
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 76 4 38 7 26 9 1 0 31 4 29 3 0 0 890 100 33 2 1124 129

Undergraduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Biosystems Engineering (B.S.) 0 5 0 0 2 1 0 25 0 33 26 7
Chemical Engineering (B.S.) 4 2 0 0 3 0 0 52 1 62 36 26
Civil Engineering (B.S.) 2 3 0 0 0 2 0 74 0 81 68 13
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 27 1 33 31 2
Computer Science (B.S.) 6 5 2 0 7 3 0 72 3 98 86 12
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 10 3 1 1 3 3 0 48 3 72 64 8
Materials Engineering (B.S.) 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 16 11 5
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 10 5 2 0 2 1 0 114 3 137 124 13
Mining Engineering (B.S.) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 22 0 26 23 3
Undeclared Freshman Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 39 24 7 1 20 10 0 446 11 558 469 89

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Bachelor's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biosystems Engineering (B.S.) 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 20 5 0 0 33
Chemical Engineering (B.S.) 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 30 22 1 0 62
Civil Engineering (B.S.) 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 62 12 0 0 81
Computer Engineering (B.S.) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 26 1 1 0 33
Computer Science (B.S.) 6 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 6 1 1 2 0 0 63 9 3 0 98
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) 7 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 44 4 3 0 72
Materials Engineering (B.S.) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 4 0 0 16
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) 10 0 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 103 11 3 0 137
Mining Engineering (B.S.) 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 3 0 0 26
Undeclared Freshman Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 33 6 22 2 6 1 1 0 15 5 6 4 0 0 375 71 11 0 558

Undergraduate

Dual Degrees

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

A "3/2" plus dual degree program with some KY institutions enables students to enroll in a pre-engineering curriculum for the first 2-3 years at their respective schools, then transfer to UK College of Engineering for the final 2 plus years. Upon completion they receive two degrees, one from their original school and a BS in the appropriate engineering field from UK.

Undergraduate Engineering Dual Degrees Awarded

Undergraduate

Program Comparisons

  • ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • CEAB - Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
Degree Program ABET/CEAB Accred. Nominal Program Length
(yrs.)
Average Program Length
(yrs.)
Time: Day/Even./
Both
Co-op: None/Opt./
Required
Grads in Co-op Progs.
Biosystems Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 5.00 Day Optional
Chemical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 5.00 Day Optional
Civil Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 5.00 Day Optional
Computer Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 5.00 Day Optional
Computer Science (B.S.) yes 4.00 5.00 Day Optional
Electrical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 5.00 Day Optional
Materials Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 5.00 Day Optional
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 5.00 Day Optional
Mining Engineering (B.S.) yes 4.00 5.00 Day Optional
Undeclared Freshman Engineering no Day None

Graduate

Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

All applications must be submitted on-line through the Graduate School. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree with an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75/4.0 and 3.0/4.0 on all previous graduate work. Individual programs may require higher GPAs. An undergraduate degree in Engineering is not required. If undergraduate degree is not in graduate major, remedial work in graduate major may be required. Application fee is $65 ($75 international). Applicants must submit official scores from the Educational Testing Service on the verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the GRE. Domestic applications must be submitted no later than one month prior to the beginning of the term. International applications must be received by March 15 (Fall semester admission) and August 22 (Spring semester admission). Some graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Admitted students must submit official transcripts before enrollment can be finalized. Three letters of recommendation, resume, and statement of research interests are required and must be submitted on-line through the Graduate School.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Students are admitted by the Graduate School with recommendations from the Director of Graduate Studies in a particular discipline. Contact Director of Graduate Studies for specific program requirements. Additional information available at http://www.engr.uky.edu.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper based) 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old. Official language score must be sent directly by the reporting agency. Applicants must also submit a Financial Certificate for International Applicants. International application fee is $75. Applications must be received by March 15 (Fall semester admission) and August 22 (Spring semester admission).

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

Same as for resident students

Residency Requirements

MS Degree: There is no Graduate School-wide sustained residence requirement for master’s degrees at the University of Kentucky. A final exam (oral and/or written) is given to all candidates for master’s degrees. Students have 6 years to complete all requirements for the degree. Extensions may be requested.
PhD Degree: Students must complete the equivalent of two years of residency (36 credit hours) prior to the qualifying exam and one year of post-qualifying residency. Pre-qualifying residency: Students must complete 36 credit hours of graduate coursework (some programs require more than 36 hours) within five years of enrollment. Extensions may be requested. Post-qualifying residency: Students must remain enrolled in 767-Dissertation Residency Credit every fall and spring semester until the dissertation is completed and defended. All degree requirements for the PhD must be completed within five years following the successful completion of the qualifying exam. Extensions may be requested.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Upon request of the DGS, a total of 9 hours (or 25% of regular course degree requirements) may be transferred into a master's degree program or to fulfill doctoral pre-qualifying residency requirement. The doctoral transfer policy would NOT apply in cases where a prior master’s degree is being used to satisfy 18 hours of the pre‐qualifying residency requirement. Additional rules apply. See Graduate School Bulletin for specifics.

Graduate

Expenses & Financial Aid

Student Group(s): In-State / Out-of-State

Graduate Group 1 Graduate Group 2
Tuition & Fees: $12,236 $28,380
Room & Board: $10,222 $10,222
Books & Supplies: $1,500 $1,500
Other Expenses:
Estimated avg. course load per term: 9 9
Does your institute have any special programs or fee structures for the expenses category "All Students"?: Yes

Special Programs or Fee Structures

Students are charged an additional $57.60 per credit hour fee for each graduate engineering course and $57.60 per credit hour for each undergraduate engineering course.

Financial Aid Information

Required financial aid forms

Institution's Own Application Form

Additional Financial Aid Information

A separate application is required for merit-based fellowships. Department-based teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Contact the DGS for information.

Graduate

New Applicants

New Graduate Applicants

A. Number of graduate applicants to the engineering college: 683
B. Of those in (A), how many were offered admission? 301
C. Of those in (B), how many were enrolled in the fall? 131

Graduate

Enrollments by Class

Master's

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 4 2
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (M.S.)
Men 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 8 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 4 1
Chemical Engineering (M.S.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Civil Engineering (M.S.)
Men 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 19 8 0 0 27 9
Women 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 8 0
Computer Science (M.S.)
Men 10 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 5 0 0 18 10
Women 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 1
Electrical Engineering (M.S.)
Men 14 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 5 0 0 20 7
Women 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Manufacturing Systems Engineering (M.S.)
Men 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 0 0 4 9
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2
Materials Science and Engineering (M.S.)
Men 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.)
Men 20 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 3 0 0 37 5
Women 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
Mining Engineering (M.S.)
Men 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Professional Biomedical Engineering (P.B.M.E.)
Men 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals: 73 4 3 5 3 1 0 0 5 0 3 2 0 0 69 34 0 0 156 46

Doctoral

Group Nonresident Alien Unknown Hispanic American Indian Asian Black Pacific Islander White Two or More Total
  FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT FT PT
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 12 0
Women 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 8 1
Women 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 14 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 0 0 24 4
Women 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 2
Civil Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1 0 0 18 1
Women 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Computer Science (Ph.D.)
Men 21 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 13 4 2 0 39 12
Women 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 20 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 22 6
Women 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 15 2
Women 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 2
Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 28 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 8 2 0 0 37 3
Women 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Mining Engineering (Ph.D.)
Men 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 11 0
Women 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
Totals: 162 14 3 2 2 1 0 0 1 4 2 1 0 0 64 12 4 0 238 34

Graduate

Degrees Awarded by Program

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 7 3 4
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (M.S.) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 5 3 2
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Chemical Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Civil Engineering (M.S.) 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 12 0 17 15 2
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Computer Science (M.S.) 16 1 1 0 1 0 0 6 0 25 16 9
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Electrical Engineering (M.S.) 8 1 1 0 1 0 0 6 0 17 14 3
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Manufacturing Systems Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Materials Science and Engineering (M.S.) 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 11 1
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 4 0
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Mining Engineering (M.S.) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 8 6 2
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Professional Biomedical Engineering (P.B.M.E.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Totals: 43 3 4 0 5 0 0 40 1 96 72 24

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Master's Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 7
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (M.S.) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 5
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Chemical Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Civil Engineering (M.S.) 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2 0 0 17
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Computer Science (M.S.) 9 7 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 25
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Electrical Engineering (M.S.) 6 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 17
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Manufacturing Systems Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Materials Science and Engineering (M.S.) 10 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Mining Engineering (M.S.) 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 8
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Professional Biomedical Engineering (P.B.M.E.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Note: Data on degree type for Master’s Degrees Awarded in the College of Engineering is not available
Totals: 30 13 3 0 3 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 30 10 1 0 96

Master's Degree Programs

Master's Degree Program Degree Type
Master's w/ Thesis Master's w/o Thesis or with Proj./Report Program Totals
Biomedical Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Chemical Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Civil Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Computer Science (M.S.) 0 0 0
Electrical Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Manufacturing Systems Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Materials Science and Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Mining Engineering (M.S.) 0 0 0
Professional Biomedical Engineering (P.B.M.E.) 0 0 0
Totals: 0 0 0

Degrees By Ethnicity

Nra - Nonresident aliens
Asi - Asian American
Blk - Black
His - Hispanic
Ind - American Indian
Pac - Pacific Islander
Unk - Unknown
Wht - White
Tot - Program Totals
Two - Two or More
Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot Male Female
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.) 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 2 2
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (Ph.D.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 9 6 3
Civil Engineering (Ph.D.) 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 6 5 1
Computer Science (Ph.D.) 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 11 8 3
Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 3 2
Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D.) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 3 1
Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 11 9 2
Mining Engineering (Ph.D.) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 3 1
Totals: 38 1 0 0 2 0 0 13 0 54 39 15

Degrees By Ethnicity & Gender

Doctoral Degree Program(s) Nra Unk His Ind Asi Blk Pac Wht Two Tot
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (Ph.D.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.) 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 9
Civil Engineering (Ph.D.) 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6
Computer Science (Ph.D.) 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 11
Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.) 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
Materials Science and Engineering (Ph.D.) 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11
Mining Engineering (Ph.D.) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4
Totals: 26 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 2 0 0 54

Graduate

Research Expenditures

Expenditures by Research Department

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Engineering Department External Funding Source
Biomedical Engineering
Total#: 15 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $496,000 Industry: $152,000 Priv/Non: $36,000
State: $125,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $809,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Total#: 40 Foreign: $15,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $1,529,000 Industry: $50,000 Priv/Non: $126,000
State: $341,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $2,061,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Chemical and Materials Engineering
Total#: 55 Foreign: $28,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $3,315,000 Industry: $224,000 Priv/Non: $137,000
State: $412,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $4,116,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Civil Engineering
Total#: 18 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $116,000 Industry: $47,000 Priv/Non: $242,000
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $405,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Computer Science
Total#: 23 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $752,000 Industry: $398,000 Priv/Non: $83,000
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $1,233,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Total#: 27 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $1,246,000 Industry: $70,000 Priv/Non: $156,000
State: $17,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $1,489,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Mechanical Engineering
Total#: 84 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $2,494,000 Industry: $128,000 Priv/Non: $313,000
State: $365,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $3,300,000
Engineering Department External Funding Source
Mining Engineering
Total#: 20 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $1,121,000 Industry: $5,000 Priv/Non: $752,000
State: $49,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $1,927,000
Totals:
Total#: 282 Foreign: $43,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $11,069,000 Industry: $1,074,000 Priv/Non: $1,845,000
State: $1,309,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $15,340,000

Expenditures by Research Center

Total: Total number of contracts & grants Fed/Nat: Federal & National Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. State: State Government contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes. Foreign: Foreign Goverment grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.
Industry: Business and Industrial grants, contracts, and gifts used for research. Priv/Non: Grants, contracts, and gifts from private non-profit organizations (e.g. foundations) used for research. Indiv: Grants, contracts, and gifts from individuals used for research. Local: Local government grants and contracts specifically budgeted for engineering research purposes.

Dollar Amounts by External Funding Source

Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Aluminum Technology
Total#: 0 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $0 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $0
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Applied Energy Research
Total#: 84 Foreign: $57,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $7,904,000 Industry: $1,173,000 Priv/Non: $978,000
State: $1,589,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $11,701,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments
Total#: 12 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $631,000 Industry: $101,000 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $732,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing
Total#: 11 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $235,000 Industry: $7,000 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $242,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Institute of Research for Technology Development
Total#: 10 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $66,000 Industry: $131,000 Priv/Non: $0
State: $0 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $197,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Kentucky Transportation Center
Total#: 156 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $0 Industry: $134,000 Priv/Non: $1,635,000
State: $7,013,000 Local: $17,000 Total Expn.: $8,799,000
Center/Lab External Funding Source
Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute
Total#: 9 Foreign: $0 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $185,000 Industry: $10,000 Priv/Non: $9,000
State: $156,000 Local: $0 Total Expn.: $360,000
Totals:
Total#: 282 Foreign: $57,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $9,021,000 Industry: $1,556,000 Priv/Non: $2,622,000
State: $8,758,000 Local: $17,000 Total Expn.: $22,031,000


Grand Totals:
Total#: 564 Foreign: $100,000 Indiv: $0
Fed/Nat: $20,090,000 Industry: $2,630,000 Priv/Non: $4,467,000
State: $10,067,000 Local: $17,000 Total Expn.: $37,371,000

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Include all expenditures associated with grants and contracts specifically budgeted for externally sponsored research and associated programs and expenditures associated with all gifts auditably used for research. Include expended funds provided by the following external sources:

  1. Federal Government
  2. State Government
  3. Foreign Governments
  4. Industry
  5. Non-Profit Organizations (e.g. foundations)
  6. Individuals
  7. Local Government

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Graduate

Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers master's and doctoral degrees. These programs emphasize the application of engineering principles to topics in healthcare, with areas of research specialization including: biomaterials and tissue engineering, biophotonics, bone quality, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiovascular regulation, cellular mechanotransduction, musculoskeletal biomechanics, and neural engineering.

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering offers graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. The Department has active research programs in Food and Bioprocess Engineering, Machine Systems Automation Engineering, Bioenvironmental Engineering, and Controlled Environment Systems Engineering. Research topics under Food Engineering include; food processing for improving nutrition, food security and identification preservation: topics under Bioprocessing include; biofuels, bioproducts, renewable materials, and value-added renewable resource utilization. Research topics in machine systems automation include; design of machines and systems for precision agriculture, autonomous vehicle control and communication, unmanned aerial systems, and grain harvest logistics: bioenvironmental research topics include: surface water hydrology, water quality, stream restoration, low impact development, animal waste management and mined land reclamation. Controlled environment sytems engineering involves; solar energy systems design, design of environmental control systems, green and sustainable building design for optimal interactions between occupants and environment, energy efficiency, energy auditing in agricultural and industrial facilities, and energy and resource assessment.

Chemical and Materials Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Areas of Research Specialization include:
Biomaterials; Bionanotechnology; Biopharmaceutical Engineering; Ceramics; Computational Materials Science; Drug Delivery; Electronic Materials and Devices; Energy Storage and Battery Technology; Environmental Engineering; Fuel Science; Interfacial Engineering; Materials Synthesis and Nanomaterials; Membrane Science and Technology; Metals and Alloys; Polymer Science and Engineering; Supercritical Fluids Processing; Sustainable Processes; Thin Films; Transport Phenomena.

Civil Engineering

The Department offers programs leading to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Ph.D. degrees. Graduate degree specialization focuses on the following areas: Civil Engineering Materials, Construction Engineering and Project Management, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering. Department strengths include: Construction, Transportation (interdisciplinary), Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure, Global Collaboration and Humanitarian Engineering, Safety and Security, and Railroad Engineering. Research opportunities are experiential and field-oriented.

Computer Science

The Department offers programs leading to the Master of Science and PhD degrees. Areas of research actively pursued by faculty and students in the department include: artificial intelligence, bio-informatics, computer vision, cryptography, database and data mining, design and analysis of algorithms, distributed and parallel computing, knowledge representation and declarative programming, networking, security, software engineering, theory of computation, visualization and graphics.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs leading to an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Research focus areas include micro and nano-scale devices and materials, power and energy, computational electromagnetics, computer engineering, and communications and signal processing. The department plays a leading role in several large-scale research centers and institutes, including the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CeNSE), as well as the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK).

Manufacturing Systems Engineering

The College of Engineering offers a master's degree program in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. It is designed to equip the student for opportunities in modern manufacturing processes and systems. Areas of concentration for research and study are: Sustainable Materials; Sustainable Product Development; Sustainable Manufacturing Processes; Sustainable Manufacturing Systems and Supply Chains; Society, Public Policy, and Regulations; Economic Models for Sustainable Manufacturing; Lean manufacturing.

Mechanical Engineering

• Manufacturing: analytical and numerical modeling, optimization of machining processes and systems, lean manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, precision manufacturing, and robotics and machine vision.
• Mechanics: dynamic analysis of solids, biomechanics, contact mechanics, system identification of structures, thermal stress and boundary element methods.
• Systems and Design: application of nontraditional materials, finite elements, acoustics, vibration and noise prediction, mechatronic systems, rotating machinery dynamics, engineered surfaces, magnetic bearing technology, and boundary element methods in acoustics.
• Thermal-Fluid Sciences: combustion and fire research, painting technology, nano-technology, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, conduction and convection heat transfer, energy utilization, phase change heat transfer, radiation heat transfer, and optics.

Mining Engineering

Current research areas include the following: rock mechanics and ground control, operations research, mine ventilation, underground construction, surface mining and reclamation, mine environmental engineering, mine power systems, coal preparation, mineral economics, explosives and blasting, geotechnical engineering, ore reserve evaluation, mine health and safety, mine automation and control, minerals processing.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Aluminum Technology

The College of Engineering’s Center for Aluminum Technology was established in September 1999 as a multidisciplinary center providing research and educational services to the aluminum industry in the United States. Aluminum industry leaders, local officials, the University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet collaborated to form the nation’s only aluminum research laboratory supported by such a partnership. One of the ways that the research and educational services are delivered to the Aluminum industry is through Secat, Inc.
The Center supports and conducts research and development, provides technical assistance to the aluminum industry, assists with training and retaining an educated workforce, and promotes and participates in the expanding use of aluminum. The Center provides research opportunities for the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, along with non-degree students from community colleges and technical schools.
Affiliated with the Center are researchers from a variety of disciplines, including materials engineering, chemical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering. The Center is funded through two sources: an endowment established with private contributions from the aluminum industry and matching support from Kentucky’s Research Challenge Trust Fund, and with state and federal grants.

Center for Applied Energy Research

CAER is an energy technology research facility whose broad mission is to conduct basic and applied research designed to generate information on Kentucky energy resources; ascertain the associated environmental impacts; and produce, test and evaluate new technologies. Current activities include coal cleaning, catalysis, emissions control, separation technologies, coal combustion byproducts research, and activated carbon research. CAER's industrial support group works with industry to solve industrial problems through utilization of the center's analytical services expertise and facilities. The Center for Applied Energy Research each year sponsors seminars by distinguished experts on current scientific topics of interest to the academic and research communities.

Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments

With programs in research, education and industrial outreach, the Center brings together researchers with expertise in computer vision and image processing, data acquisition, graphics, human-computer interaction, multimedia, and teleconferencing and is dedicated to research and development of computer-generated immersive environments, ambient environments, dynamic scene acquisition and preservation, advanced telepresence and telecommunications, and visualization applications in areas such as education and training, medicine, manufacturing, security and daily life . Researchers are building state-of-the-art visualization and display environments for different applications. The research includes efficient 3D data acquisition and analysis and computer vision and graphics problems related to model acquisition and tracking of people and objects in order to populate and preserve realistic three-dimensional scenes.

Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing

The Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM) is a multi-disciplinary research unit within the College of Engineering. The ISM focuses on strategic areas of sustainable manufacturing, and its major activities are: (a)conducting academic research (basic and applied), (b) inventing and commercializing innovative products, processes and technologies, (c) transferring knowledge to industry through extension/outreach, and(d) supporting the graduate and undergraduate educational programs offered by the College and individual departments. Six major research areas of ISM are:
* Sustainable materials
* Sustainable product development
* Sustainable manufacturing processes
* Sustainable manufacturing systems
* Society, public policy and regulatory issues in sustainable manufacturing
* Economic analysis of sustainable products and processes

Institute of Research for Technology Development

The Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD) addresses industry problems, with a goal of technology development, by conducting multi-disciplinary research, drawing on a wide array of technical and scientific fields.
IR4TD directly responds to industry's immediate and long-term needs for solutions to process problems and challenges. It is an outgrowth of the highly successful Painting Technology Consortium (PTC) which joined academic researchers and industrial resources to develop a new generation of energy efficient, environmentally friendly painting technology

Kentucky Transportation Center

Serving as the focal point in the state for interdisciplinary transportation research, the center works closely with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Federal Highway Administration, and various other private and governmental agencies to develop innovative technological advances in transportation. An ongoing technology-transfer program provides services to state and local governmental transportation agencies as well as the private sector through training programs, workshops, conferences, technical publications, and on-site consultation. The center's research capabilities span a wide range of areas with a major focus on applied research and problem solving for the Transportation Cabinet. Their areas of expertise include pavements, materials, structures, traffic/safety, geotech, construction management, environmental analysis, intelligent transportation systems, transportation planning, economics and finance, policy, and multimodal transportation. The center provides a myriad of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to benefit from hands-on experience addressing transportation issues.

Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute

The KWRRI is part of a national network of state water institutes which was created by Congress in 1964. The KWRRI stimulates and supports water research, education, and technology transfer by identifying current and emerging water issues for Kentucky and the nation. Institute research programs include the USGS 104(b) and 104(g) grant programs and the faculty proposal development program. Educational programs include am undergraduate student intern program and Environmental Protection Scholarships which support both undergraduate and graduate students with full scholarships in exchange for employment with the state upon graduation. The institute's technology-transfer activities include short courses, seminars and conferences, and distribution of research results. The KWRRI works closely with several Kentucky water related state agencies and NGOs such as the Kentucky Cabinet for Energy and Environment, the Kentucky River Authority, and the Kentucky Watershed Watch. In 2010, the KWRRI was designated by USEPA as a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management.

Graduate

Subject Areas of Research

Subject Areas

  • 3D data acquisition
  • 3D modeling
  • 3D printing
  • Ablation Modeling - Vehicle Reentry
  • Abrasive waterjet
  • Accident proclivity to roadway geometrics
  • Accidents, characteristics of
  • Acoustical simulation
  • Acoustics
  • Active vibration suppression
  • Adaptive Traffic Signal Systems
  • Additive manufacturing (or 3D printing)
  • Adhesion properties of mammalian cells
  • Adhesion studies
  • Adhesives, metal-polymer conductive
  • Adiabatic logic and computing
  • Advanced material coatings
  • Aeroelasticity of turbines
  • Aerosol chemistry
  • Aerosol physics
  • Aerospace and electronic systems
  • Agricultural air quality
  • Air pollution modeling
  • Alternative energy
  • Aluminum products and processing
  • Aluminum, thermomechanical processing of
  • Antennas and propagation
  • Applied surface chemistry
  • Artificial intelligence and planning
  • Asphalt stabilized railroad beds
  • Atmospheric turbulence
  • Audio, speech and language processing
  • Automated reasoning
  • Automatic Speech Recognition
  • Automation
  • Automotive painting technology
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Battery Technology
  • Bearings and seals
  • Bio-heat mass transfer
  • Bioacoustics
  • Biofuels
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biological materials, composting
  • Biological materials, conversion
  • Biological materials, energy sources
  • Biological materials, methane production
  • Biological materials, recycling
  • Biological signals and systems, analysis and modeling
  • Biological systems
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Biomedical signal processing
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Biophotonics
  • Bioprocessing of waste materials
  • Bituminous mixtures, design of
  • Blast mitigation
  • Bone quality
  • Brazing
  • Bridge Component Strengthening/Retrofitting
  • Bridge vibrations
  • Broadcast and television
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Building emissions measurement
  • C1 chemistry to produce transportation fuel
  • Carbon anode and cathode
  • Carbon materials: nanotubes, fibres, pitches
  • Cardiovascular regulation
  • Catalysis
  • Cell membranes, properties of
  • Cellular mechanotransduction
  • Channel development, modeling of
  • Channel erosion
  • Channel modeling
  • Chemical removal, nonpoint source
  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Chemistry of aerosols
  • Chip formation, theory of
  • Circuits
  • Close-range photogrammetry
  • Coal beneficiation
  • Coal combustion products: recovery, utilization
  • Coal surface phenomena
  • Coal utilization byproducts
  • Coal, biological desulfurization
  • Coal, biosolubilization
  • Coal, hydrogenation
  • Coal, in situ biocatalyst formation
  • Coarse-grained modeling and simulation
  • Collocation discretization procedures
  • Combustion
  • Communication networks
  • Comparative decision-making
  • Compilers
  • Complexity of continuous problems
  • Complexity theory
  • Compliance control
  • Component packaging
  • Compressible flow, high speed
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Computational learning theory
  • Computational photography
  • Computer architecture
  • Computer security
  • Computer vision and graphics
  • Computing, neural-based
  • Concrete structures
  • Concrete, fiber reinforced
  • Constraint satisfaction
  • Constraint solving
  • Constructability
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Construction health and safety
  • Construction management practices
  • Construction productivity
  • Construction work force demographics
  • Context Sensitive Highway Design/Construction
  • Controlled release
  • Craft training
  • Cryptography
  • Cybernetics
  • Cyberphysical Systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data mining
  • Database systems
  • Decision-theoretic planning
  • Declarative programming
  • Decontamination of metals
  • Dense slurries, flow of
  • Design/Modeling/Transport
  • Dielectrics and electrical insulation
  • Digital Learning Technologies
  • Digital media
  • Digital signal processors
  • Discrete-event systems
  • Distributed computer architectures
  • Distributed computing systems
  • Driver characteristics
  • Drug delivery
  • Dynamic programming
  • Electric machines
  • Electric motors and drives
  • Electrodischarge compaction
  • Electroluminescent display devices
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Electromagnetic devices
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Electronic Screening of Vehicles
  • Electronics thermal management
  • Embedded systems
  • Energy
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy conservation
  • Energy conversion
  • Energy efficiency
  • Environmental
  • Environmental impacts of blasting (vibration)
  • Environmental policy
  • Evolutionary computing
  • Export System GPS-Based Predictive Models
  • Fault tolerant/robust systems
  • Finite difference procedures
  • Finite element procedures
  • Finite volume procedures
  • Fire research
  • Flame behavior
  • Fluidized bed combustion
  • Food processing systems
  • Food products, modification of
  • Fossil fuels
  • Future network design
  • Fuzzy systems
  • GIS
  • Geometric modeling
  • Geosciences and remote sensing
  • Ground Penetrating Radar Application/Analysis
  • Ground vibration monitoring and mitigation
  • Groundwater flow characteristics
  • Groundwater remediation
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Hazardous waste destruction
  • Heat transfer
  • Heating and cooling
  • High cycle fatigue
  • High-level interpretation of image data
  • High-performance computing
  • Highway Safety and Risk Analysis
  • Highway design
  • Human factors
  • Humanitarian engineering
  • Hydrogen
  • Hydrologic modeling
  • Hydrological cycle, improved models of
  • Hydrology
  • Image processing
  • Image-based rendering
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Inelastic material response
  • Information-based complexity
  • Infrastructure resilience
  • Injection molding
  • Inland Waterway Capacity Analysis
  • Instrumentation
  • Intelligent systems
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Interfaces/Nano-scale materials
  • Intermodal Transport Substitution Analysis
  • Knowledge representation
  • LIDAR Application/Analysis
  • Land use and access management
  • Landfill Geotechnology
  • Landfill covers
  • Laser diagnostics
  • Lean systems
  • Lightweight space structures
  • Linear programming
  • Logic programming
  • Low impact development
  • MEMS
  • Machine learning
  • Machine systems, control of
  • Machine vision
  • Machining chatter, control of
  • Machining process, modeling of
  • Magnetic bearings
  • Manufacturing control systems
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Mass customization
  • Medical imaging
  • Membrane separation processes
  • Metal forming and materials processing
  • Metal-polymer conductive adhesives
  • Metal-slap interactions
  • Metals science
  • Metrology
  • Micro-machining and manufacturing
  • Mine electrical system safety
  • Mine ventilation
  • Mine, health and safety
  • Mineral processing, advanced particle-particle separations
  • Mineral processing, processing modeling & control
  • Mineral processing: slurry densification
  • Mineral processing: solid-liquid separations
  • Mining, economical
  • Mobile networks
  • Modeling, air pollution
  • Modeling, building energy
  • Modeling, overland/channel/pipe flow
  • Molecular dynamics modeling
  • Multimedia networks
  • Musculoskeletal modeling
  • Nanoelectronic devices
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanotechnology
  • Network security
  • Neural engineering
  • Nonlinear optimization
  • Nonlinear oscillations
  • Numerical analysis
  • Numerical modeling of wave propagation through soil and rock
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Operating systems
  • Optics
  • Optoelectronic devices
  • Organic semiconductors
  • Orthopedic biomechanics
  • Overland modeling
  • Ozonation
  • PM2.5 from fossil fuels
  • PV systems
  • Parallel computing
  • Pattern analysis
  • Pavement management and maintenance
  • Physics of aerosols
  • Piezoelectric actuation
  • Pipe flow modeling
  • Pollutants, air transport models
  • Pollutants, groundwater
  • Polymer Processing
  • Polymer systems
  • Port Sustainability Analysis/Audit
  • Power electronics
  • Power systems
  • Precision engineering
  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies
  • Public transportation
  • Quantum electronics
  • Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology
  • Railroad Crossings
  • Railroad beds, asphalt stabilized
  • Rapid construction techniques
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Reasoning under uncertainty
  • Reinforced concrete slab-column interaction
  • Remote Sensing
  • Remote sensing instrumentation
  • Remote sensing technology for structures
  • Renewable energy
  • Requirements engineering
  • Retrofit of Structures
  • Reuse of coal combustion byproducts
  • Roadway Intersection Design/Analysis
  • Robotics
  • Rock mechanics
  • Rotating machinery dynamics
  • Roundabouts
  • Scale modeling
  • Scientific computing
  • Scour at bridge sites
  • Sedimentation
  • Seepage and underground flow
  • Seismic Analysis and Retrofit of Structures
  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Sensors
  • Separation and membranes
  • Sheet metal forming, models of
  • Signal processing
  • Silo/grain interaction
  • Slope stability analysis
  • Smart Health Systems
  • Smart Materials
  • Smart Structures
  • Smart composite structures
  • Smart grid
  • Software engineering
  • Software maintenance
  • Software testing
  • Software verification and validation
  • Soil characteristics and engineering properties
  • Soil dynamics
  • Solar cells
  • Solar energy
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Steel structures
  • Stereolithography
  • Stochastic modeling
  • Stochastic models
  • Stormwater modeling
  • Stream restoration
  • Stream restoration design
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Structural stability
  • Structural vibration
  • Structured Public Involvement Infrastructure Design
  • Stud-brick wall interaction
  • Supercomputing
  • Superconductors, high temperature
  • Surface mine reclamation
  • Surface plasmon resonance
  • Sustainable design
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Sustainable production systems
  • Synthesis gas conversion
  • Synthetic fuels
  • Systems analysis
  • Tensioned gossamer membrane structures
  • Theoretical computer science
  • Thermal characteristics of materials
  • Thermal control, advanced
  • Thermal effect on Structures
  • Thermomechanical processing of aluminum
  • Thin films/electronics
  • Tissue engineering
  • Toxic substance removal, membranes for
  • Toxic trace metals from coal combustion
  • Traffic control systems, enhanced
  • Traffic operations/safety/design
  • Transportation Planning Models
  • Transportation linkages, survivability
  • Transportation planning and network analysis
  • Transportation policy and finance
  • Transportation security
  • Treatment of waste materials
  • Tribology
  • Turbomachinery
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Ultrasonics
  • Unmanned aerial systems
  • Unsteady aerodynamics
  • Value engineering
  • Vapor intrusion
  • Vehicular technology
  • Vessel Impact on Bridges
  • Visualization
  • Waste recycling
  • Waste treatment
  • Waste, bioprocessing
  • Waste, destruction of hazardous
  • Water distribution system modeling
  • Water distribution system security
  • Water quality
  • Water quality evaluation in karst areas
  • Water quality modeling
  • Water resource systems analysis
  • Water, quality
  • Water, surface supply
  • Watershed management
  • Watershed modeling
  • Waterway Shipment/Logistics Management System
  • Welding automation and control
  • Wind turbine systems
  • Wireless and ad-hoc networks
  • Yield line theory

Graduate

Dual Degrees

Graduate Engineering Dual Degree Program Description

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Graduate

Student Appointments

Appointments by Department

Appointments - Number of Appointments
Stipend - Average Monthly Stipend

Department Fellowships TA RA Other Total Appts.
Biomedical Engineering
Appointments: 0 0 11 4 15
Stipends: $0 $0 $1,574 $3,020
Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Appointments: 0 0 20 0 20
Stipends: $0 $0 $1,400 $0
Chemical and Materials Engineering
Appointments: 5 5 44 7 61
Stipends: $2,145 $2,125 $2,125 $3,343
Civil Engineering
Appointments: 3 15 19 0 37
Stipends: $1,300 $1,440 $1,610 $0
Computer Science
Appointments: 1 22 16 1 40
Stipends: $1,800 $1,800 $1,800 $1,000
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Appointments: 1 16 18 2 37
Stipends: $2,083 $1,506 $1,650 $2,820
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Appointments: 0 0 0 0 0
Stipends: $0 $0 $0 $0
Mechanical Engineering
Appointments: 0 25 30 2 57
Stipends: $0 $1,603 $1,557 $3,386
Mining Engineering
Appointments: 4 4 9 4 21
Stipends: $1,900 $2,054 $1,755 $1,647
All Total Appointments 14 88 167 20 289

Appointments by Research Center

Appointments - Number of Appointments
Stipend - Average Monthly Stipend

Graduate Research Center Fellowships RA Other Total Appts.
Center for Aluminum Technology
Appointments: 0 0 0 0
Stipends: $0 $0 $0
Center for Applied Energy Research
Appointments: 0 3 0 3
Stipends: $0 $826 $0
Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments
Appointments: 0 7 0 7
Stipends: $0 $1,496 $0
Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing
Appointments: 0 3 0 3
Stipends: $0 $1,643 $0
Institute of Research for Technology Development
Appointments: 0 0 0 0
Stipends: $0 $0 $0
Kentucky Transportation Center
Appointments: 0 5 0 5
Stipends: $0 $1,231 $0
Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute
Appointments: 0 2 2 4
Stipends: $0 $1,300 $2,000
All Total Appointments 0 20 2 22