ABET Accreditation

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering  

(Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org)

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Students can choose to follow the standard Mechanical Engineering curriculum or alternative curricula with concentrations in either Aerospace or Energy Systems. Students following the Aerospace or Energy Systems concentration are required to select three courses in the corresponding concentrations (Aerospace or Energy Systems) as part of their required departmental electives. In addition, students following either of these concentrations should take Aerospace Lab (650:433) or Energy Systems Lab (650:435) in their senior year in lieu of Mechanical Lab II (650:432). 

Our Mechanical Engineering program is aimed at achieving the department's educational objectives, namely: The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of the BS Mechanical Engineering program are that within 3 to 5 years after graduation, our graduates will: 

1)  be part of a professional workforce addressing the challenges of our society in areas of relevance to Mechanical Engineering such as energy, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, and other related and complementary fields;

2)  be engaged in graduate research, professional and/or education programs for gaining further training to address interdependent and complementary challenges of our society; and 

3)  recognize the responsibilities and rewards associated with an engineering career and service to the profession as evidenced through involvement with professional societies, community engagement, civic organizations, industry or trade groups among others.

Student graduating from our Mechanical Engineering program would have demonstrated the following student outcomes:

(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, social, 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.