Meredith Cooksey was inspired to become an engineer by a trip to her father’s plant when she was in high school. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at UofL, which allowed her to quickly land a job in her field.
And that was only the first step. “While I was finishing my bachelor’s degree at UofL, I just knew that I wasn’t quite done learning yet,” she explains. “I decided to join the Engineering Management Program online.”
The Master of Engineering in Engineering Management (MEEM), delivered 100 percent online, was the perfect fit for her. With courses focused on topics ranging from quality and financial management to risk analysis and information technology, the program would help her grow in her profession and expand her skills. As a manager of engineering projects, versatility is of great importance. “The thing that specifically attracted me to the engineering management program was the classes. After one look I knew it was exactly what I wanted.” “It gives you the ability to do everything,” she says.
A commitment to excellence
Speed School has been educating technical professionals since 1925 and it is one of the top choices in the country for an advanced technical education. Courses are taught by internationally recognized faculty who are not only passionate about their fields but also about helping students learn and grow.
Engineering Management is one of three 100% online master’s programs offered through the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, along with the Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)and the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS).
“The Master of Science [in Civil Engineering] online degree at UofL has a history of about 15 to 20 years,” notes Professor Zhihui Sun, Ph.D., “This is one of the oldest master’s online programs in the United States.”
“We’ve got top-flight faculty,” adds Professor W. Mark McGinley, Ph.D, online instructor in the MSCE program. “They are setting the standards of practice, and you will learn from them how to do things right in your profession.
A commitment to lifelong learning
Meredith chose UofL Online for her master’s because she wanted to advance her career and continue to learn. “Engineering has a really short life, and as an engineer you’ve really got to keep growing, especially with technology changing so incredibly fast,” explains Meredith. “In five years you’ll be an obsolete engineer if you don’t continue to learn.”
Bill Harrington, a UofL Online Professor in the MEEM program agrees that it’s critical to continue your education in order to achieve your full career potential. “You’ve got to maintain your game and part of that is continuing to invest in yourself and being prepared for those career changes that you’re either going to want or need to make,” he says.
Professor Sun says that bachelor’s degree is just the start for civil engineers as well. “This is not about getting your degree and then you’re done,” she explains. “It’s a lifelong learning process.”
A commitment to you
A dedicated advisor assists students throughout their journey while enrolled in an online graduate program, and faculty provide the knowledge and support they need to succeed in their chosen fields.
“I want them to walk out and be prepared for those professional examinations that they have to go through as part of their career,” says Brandon Shelley, Adjunct Professor in the MSCE program.
We are bringing the campus to our learners and meeting them where they are. With a 100% online format, you can learn from the comfort of your home and at any time convenient for you, regardless of your current location
Even before completing the master’s program, Meredith realized benefits from the courses she was taking. “[MEEM] opened new opportunities to jobs that I wouldn’t even be able to apply for if I just had my technical degree,” she says. “When I get that degree in my hand, I’ll be ready to move into the next role or the next promotion.”
Meredith also says she hopes to inspire others to become engineers, and she highly recommends earning a master’s degree, even if the investment and commitment seem daunting at first. “I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the program online and if they should do it,” she says. “My immediate response is to just do it — it won’t take long to see that you’re reaping rewards in the pay of your job and your next promotion.”
Find out more about Speed School’s online graduate programs.