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Highlights J.B. SPEED SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING RAYMOND A. KENT SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK Practical focus expands capstone design Kent rankings on the rise Speed School students emerge from their capstone projects — a culminating design experience that spans several semesters — with more than just the technical knowledge that others would expect from traditional engineering courses. For example, local companies work with faculty and students to add real-world experience by including ethics, law, communications and leadership into multiple courses. "Students need technical skills as well as an understanding of how businesses operate to be effective in their careers," said Steven Henderson, a Stites & Harbison attorney and professional engineer involved in the course design in the civil and environmental engineering department. "Incorporating our professional community into the classroom provides a more rounded experience for our students," said Mark McGinley, endowed chair in infrastructure research, who teaches capstone design classes. With Speed School's dual-level accreditation for bachelor's and master's engineering degrees through ABET's Engineering Accreditation Commission, students at the undergraduate level also have the capstone design experience. Ready for liftoff Nick Greco, River City Rocketry team captain and mechanical engineering graduate student, describes features of the 9-foot-1-inch, 43-pound craft that Speed School students built to compete in NASA's national University Student Launch Initiative in April. In its second year of participating, the rocket team finished second of 36 teams. The Kent School of Social Work continues to solidify its national reputation as one of the nation's best, being ranked third in the country for graduate social work programs by The online guide determined its rankings based on student surveys from accredited social work programs. Topics included academic competitiveness, career support, fnancial aid and network quality. U.S. News and World Report placed it 37th nationally in 2012 rankings of schools of social work in benchmark institutions. "As we move up in numerous national rankings that refect the assessments of both colleagues and students, we have to feel a bit of pride," Dean Terry Singer said. "We are honored to build a school that serves the needs of people in Kentucky and beyond." To the rescue A dozen UofL students donned sweatshirts from partner Monmouth University during a break in their week-long volunteer disaster-relief effort to restore the Hurricane Sandy–damaged village of Sea Bright, N.J. Kent School of Social Work and College of Arts and Sciences students repaired structures, cleared muck, sorted donated clothing and did whatever tasks arose, applying their critical-thinking skills during the intensive fieldwork, said social work and justice administration professor Theresa Hayden. The volunteers are "a great group of students. I'm really proud," said Hayden, who organized the December trip. 50|LOUISVILLE.EDU

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