Materials Science and Engineering

Accreditation and Objectives

ABET Accreditation

ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET is a federation of 35 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 80 years.

ABET accredits over 3,709 programs at 752 colleges and universities in 30 countries. Over 2,200 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET evaluation activities.

ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Material Science and Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Materials Science and Engineering Program Objectives

The Materials Science and Engineering Department’s undergraduate Program Educational Objectives (PEOs), as collectively established, modified, and updated by its faculty and other constituencies, state that within a few years after graduation from Michigan Tech, alumni of the program will have:

  • leveraged their education and MSE degree to begin a professionally-satisfying career compatible with their interests and goals.
  • demonstrated an ability to perform their duties that meet or exceed the expectations of their employers, peers, employees, and/or customers.
  • pursued personal, intellectual, and professional development and opportunities in their chosen profession and career.

Student Educational Outcomes

By graduation, students will have:

a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, societal, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

d. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

e. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g. An ability to communicate effectively

h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j. A knowledge of contemporary issues

k. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Criteria Specific to MSE Programs

1. The ability to use advanced science (such as chemistry, biology, and physics), computational techniques and engineering principles to materials systems implied by the program modifier, e.g., ceramics, metals, polymers, biomaterials, composite materials.

2. The ability to integrate the understanding of the scientific and engineering principles underlying the four major elements of the field: structure, properties, processing, and performance related to material systems appropriate to the field.

3. The ability to apply and integrate knowledge from each of the above four elements of the field using experimental, computational, and statistical methods to solve materials problems including selection and design consistent with the program educational objectives.