Seeing the Future Before it Becomes a Reality
We will be ranked as one of the top 50 colleges of engineering in the United States by 2020
The University of Kentucky College of Engineering will be internationally recognized for educating students to meet the global engineering challenges of the 21st century, for conducting pioneering research for the advancement of our society and for serving the needs of the citizens of Kentucky and the nation. We will be ranked as one of the top 50 colleges of engineering in the United States by 2020.Â
Faculty Recruitment, Development and Retention
Undergraduate Education and Student Success
Research and Graduate Education
Faculty research results in the creation of new knowledge that advances our society, and funding such research is imperative if we are to become top 50. Further, behind every great researcher stands a team of exceptional graduate students that runs experiments, analyzes data and contributes to academic publications. Therefore we must offer graduate fellowships and stimulating research opportunities that bring future stars to the UK campus.
- Increase the average annual research expenditures in the college to $450,000 per faculty member
- Expand the number of tenured or tenure-track faculty members from 148 to at least 166 and focus new faculty hires on the strategic areas of advanced materials and components; computational systems and hardware; energy, manufacturing and sustainability; health and the human condition; and infrastructure systems
- Strengthen research areas in which UK is poised to become one of the top five programs in the U.S.
- Create an annual seed funding program to support faculty in the development of large, collaborative grant proposals
- Raise number of endowed graduate fellowships to attract outstanding graduate students to the college
Facilities and Infrastructure
Communications & Marketing
Our student population should reflect the diversity of the Commonwealth. Further, a diverse student body allows for a richer and broader educational experience. By increasing our international enrollment, as well as the number of students from underrepresented populations, we will widen the scope of vocational and financial opportunity throughout the world and right here in Kentucky. Of all of the objectives, this one says the most about who we want to become.
- Expand the duties of Director of Diversity in the college
- Increase focused recruiting efforts of underrepresented groups
- Inaugurate new partnership with high schools, colleges and universities with highly diverse student populations
- Introduce mentoring programs for students from underrepresented groups
- Appoint a task force to identify activities and steps that would increase the diversity of faculty and staff application pools