Accreditation of the Mechanical Engineering Program
The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering has a long history of educational policy developments and continuous improvement of the undergraduate learning experience. The educational objectives for our graduates and the student outcomes for our curriculum have been periodically evaluated through ABET, a non-governmental, peer-review process that ensures educational programs meet established standards of quality.
In order to maintain accreditation status, engineering programs regularly assess and revise their educational objectives and student outcomes. The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program has always been accredited, and our current Program Educational Objectives were adopted by the Department in 2006 and reaffirmed in 2010 as appropriate for our educational mission. The current Student Outcomes were adopted by the Department in 2010.
Accreditation helps students and their parents choose quality college programs. It enables employers to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared and graduate admissions committees to identify students who come from strong undergraduate programs. Professional registration, licensure, and certification boards use accreditations to screen applicants. Finally, accreditation gives colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve the quality of their programs.
Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives
Graduates from the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program will choose to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their undergraduate years to pursue a wide variety of career and life goals. We encourage this diversity of paths.
Independent of whether our graduates choose to pursue a professional career, postgraduate education, or volunteer service in engineering or a different field, we expect that our graduates will achieve the following objectives within three to five years after graduation:
- They will exhibit a fundamental understanding of broader engineering disciplines with strong skills in mechanical engineering, problem-solving, leadership, and communication.
- They will use these skills to contribute to their organizations and communities.
- They will make thoughtful, well-informed decisions in their career and life.
- They will demonstrate a continuing commitment to and interest in their own and other's education.
Mechanical Engineering Student Outcomes
The Mechanical Engineering curriculum is designed so that, by the time of graduation, students will have developed the following attributes:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice