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Differential Fee Leads to Improvements

Thursday, August 11, 2005

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The differential tuition students pay for engineering courses makes a difference in the quality of education students receive. School of Engineering faculty and staff have been busy over the past year upgrading equipment and services to make students' time at KU more efficient and fruitful.



Some examples of how the differential tuition fee is used and the impact those funds have had are:






Career Services



Additional staffing in Engineering Career Services helped bring about a 50 percent increase in employers attending the spring 2005 career fair and a 79 percent increase in employers interviewing on campus when compared with a year before.






Engineering Computing Services



Purchase of 35 new PC lab computers for 1010 Eaton Hall, six new laptops for checkout in Spahr Engineering Library and a tape backup system



Software license renewal for a variety of applications used in classrooms and required for student assignments and projects, such as AutoCAD, CodeWarrior, Fluent, Pro/E to name a few.



Student fees also provide support staff who maintain the school’s computer systems and provide IT security and web services to students.






Aerospace Engineering



Upgrades and license renewal of computer software



New workstations in Instrumentation Lab



New shock tube pressure sensors and exit port



Support for Engineering Expo projects and displays



Materials for senior design courses



Supplies for additional courses






Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering



Funds for student projects such as the concrete canoe.



Student travel to regional and national meetings



Upgrades in Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering computer labs with new devices, software, printers and necessary supplies.



Travel expenses for class field trips



Materials, chemicals and small tools for class related laboratory experiments



Resources for Engineering Expo displays and projects






Electrical Engineering and Computer Science



Components for EE/CoE senior design projects
General stock for electronics courses
Software upgrades for labs & infrastructure
New robotics kits
Upgrade network/lab infrastructures
Upgrade lab workstations






Chemical and Petroleum Engineering



Renovation of the undergraduate computer lab, including a new suite of PCs



Improvements in the undergraduate teaching labs






Mechanical Engineering





Annual licenses for ME-specific computer software - - e.g., Pro-E, Adams, Matlab, Labview, and Patran



Partial support of Formula Team & Windpower Team projects



Partial support of Engineering Expo student activities



Partial support for new ME staff member for the Engineering Shop



Partial support of Shop supplies (e.g., expendables and small tools) for ME student use; and partial support of Shop machine repair



Shop security supplies/materials



Purchase of new lathe in the Engineering Shop



Support/maintenance of CNC and Rapid Prototyping machines for use in ME courses



Subsidization of ME 346 (Materials course) caliper sets and safety glasses for students



Test materials for ME 311, Strength of Materials



Electronics and equipment for ME 455, Instrumentation Course



No cost (free) printing in the ME Computer Lab for ME students (toner & paper); and Computer Lab supplies (e.g., cables, drives, networking components)



Photocopy handouts from ME faculty in ME courses








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