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ABET Accreditation

The bachelor's degree programs in chemical engineering and materials science and engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET is the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program's commitment to providing a quality education.

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. These evaluations focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support, and other important areas.

One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. As part of this continuous improvement requirement, programs set specific measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.

Accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and assists registration, licensure and certification boards in screening applicants.

Chemical Engineering Educational Objectives

  • Graduates will be successful in their professional careers, as demonstrated by their abilities to solve important chemical engineering problems, to solve problems in areas different from their training, and to develop new and valuable ideas.
  • Graduates will be capable of recognizing the larger context of their professional engineering career, including corporate, ethical, environmental, societal, and legal standards.
  • Graduates will have the communication and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed individually, in group, and in leadership positions.

Materials Science and Engineering Educational Objectives

  • Foundation Skills: The program will produce graduates who are skilled in creatively applying science, mathematics, and engineering principles to contemporary problems in materials application and design. They will exercise competencies in glasses, semiconductors, composites, metals, and polymers, as well as concepts of material structure, behavior, processing, and performance.
  • Leadership and Team Skills: The program will produce graduates who make an impact in the engineering profession in various roles, including as team members and in leadership roles.
  • Contributors to the Profession: The program will produce practicing engineers who are continuing learners and impact the developing collective understanding of research, design, and application of materials.
  • Broader Impacts: The program will produce graduates who are: a) comfortable working in interdisciplinary environments, and b) employ ethical engineering practices with a thorough awareness of their legal, moral, and environmental responsibilities as engineers.

Student outcomes

Our graduates will have the following skills:

  • 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 function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • 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

Undergraduate Degrees and Enrollment

B.S. in Chemical Engineering Program
2014-2015 186 26
2013-2014 182 23
2012-2013 167 15
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering Program
2014-2015 18 6
2013-2014 21 5
2012-2013 25 4

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