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:
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 schools computer systems and provide IT security and web services to students.
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
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