BS in Mechanical Engineering Program Details
ME 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, teamwork, 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.
The Mechanical Engineering curriculum is designed so that, by the time of graduation, students will have the ability to:
- identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
- apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
- communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
- recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
- function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
- develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
- acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Enrollment, Fall 2017
BS, Mechanical Engineering: 856
Degrees conferred, 2017-2018
BS, Mechanical Engineering: 173
Our department’s program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
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.