ABET Inc. is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET is a federation of more than 25 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States, ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 75 years.
ABET accredits over 3,100 programs at more than 660 colleges and universities worldwide. Over 2,000 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET evaluation activities.
ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Mechanical Engineering Educational Objectives
Consistent with this mission, and in order to prepare our students for successful careers in engineering, the ME-EM Department maintains a strong mechanical engineering program with the following Program Educational Objectives:
- Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program will meet the expectations of employers.
- The ME Program prepares qualified graduates to pursue advanced study, if desired.
The ME-EM faculty have adopted the eleven Student Outcomes (designated a through k in the ABET terminology) that support its program’s two Program Educational Objectives. In addition, the Department has agreed upon the two Student Outcomes (designated l and m) that support the Program Criteria for Mechanical Engineering programs.
Engineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates have (a-k):
- an ability to apply mathematics, basic science and engineering science;
- 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 function on multi-disciplinary teams;
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- an ability to communicate ideas 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 ability to engage in life-long learning;
- a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
- an ability to use the modern techniques, skills, and tools necessary for engineering practice.
Graduates of the ME Program must also satisfy two Program Criteria (l and m):
- the ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components, or processes;
- the ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas.