Advantages for SEAM Graduates

  • Every SEAM course requires student presentations. The students feel that this is invaluable in preparing for internships and adds an overall sense of self confidence. SEAM participants repeatedly use these skills that they will need to work within an engineering enterprise.
  • SEAM students enjoy smaller classes with top faculty from the College of Engineering and the Gatton College of Business and Economics.
  • Early class registration and early dorm move-in are distinct advantages.
  • Student certification in lean systems from the University of Kentucky is a national recognition of excellence. 


Freshman Year

Fall – Technology: Blessing or Curse – This course explores the technology that has created the world in which we live. Our wealth, our economy, and the way we live each day have come about due to the emergence of technology over the centuries. The course will examine the relationship between technology and society; how technology influenced the development of society, how society influenced the development of technology, and how people in society view technology. Prereq: Acceptance into SEAM Program.

Spring – Understanding Leadership – This one hour seminar course introduces students to concepts and skills related to leadership and targets undergraduate students who hold or aspire to leadership positions across campus or in their careers. This seminar focuses on leadership — theories about leadership, instances of leadership, questions about what makes leaders successful or not, and in what contexts.


Sophomore Year

Fall – Introduction to Lean Systems – The purpose of this course is to teach the basics of True Lean and demonstrate the development of Just-in-Time production system. The course employs a mixture of in-class presentations, hands-on activities, and selected outside assignments. Working in teams, students will learn fundamental lean tools and concepts such as 5S, visual management and waste elimination and apply them in a table-top simulated factory setting. Each team’s factory will be guided through a series of prerequisite stages required to support a Just-in-Time production system. In addition, teams will be taught the basics of standardized work and apply 8-step problem solving to a real problem encountered in their factory.

Spring – Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation – This course is designed to offer students a sound theoretical and practical understanding of entrepreneurship and the new venture creation process. Throughout this course, real cases and real entrepreneurs (i.e. Entrepreneur-Mentors—EMs) are used to complement the theoretical discussions on entrepreneurship.


Students convince Wall Street analysts why their firm is a good investment
Students convince Wall Street analysts why their firm is a good investment

Junior Year

Fall – A Marketing Perspective on Business Problems – This is a case-based course that asks students to place themselves in a manager type position and use the information that is available to make tough decisions that will impact a business / organization’s course of action. Students will review the basic concepts of marketing (the 4Ps) in an overview, but more importantly apply these principles in a variety of contexts to simulate a future in a managerial role in a company.

SpringNo class (open for possible Co-op, research or study abroad)


Senior Year

Fall – The Engineering Enterprise Project Management This course helps students understand how engineering and technology are managed. This course examines the role of project management, the environment in which it exists, the project life cycle, as well as the tools and techniques for assuring project success.