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ABET Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Nevada, Reno is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

Mechanical Engineering Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program are defined as statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The Program Educational Objectives directly support the University of Nevada, Reno and the College of Engineering missions described below.

The Mechanical Engineering Program's educational objectives are that our graduates will be:

  • Proficient in performing entry-level mechanical engineering analysis and design.
  • Able to define, design, execute, and analyze experiments with minimal supervision.
  • Able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Successful in pursuit of graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno and at other institutions

These objectives reinforce the Institutional Goals insofar as they:

  • Provide for a high-quality degree program
  • Emphasize an undergraduate program which meets the needs of the citizens of Nevada
  • Aid in offering a range of applied, interdisciplinary, and career-oriented programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Contribute to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge that will help improve society at the state, regional and national levels

The Program Educational Objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program are consistent with and implement the Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, and University of Nevada, Reno goals.

You can download a copy of our 2005 Program Outcomes and Assessment report (PDF).

ABET Criteria (a)-(k)

  • Graduates will have the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to problems in materials science and engineering.
  • Graduates will have the ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data involving materials systems and applications.
  • Graduates will have the ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • Graduates will have the ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams as team members as well as in a leadership capacity.
  • Graduates will be able to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems involving selection of materials and applications.
  • Graduates will have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility, and the consequences of their decisions.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate effectively through verbal presentations, written memos and reports, and electronic presentations using various technologies.
  • Graduates will have breadth to understand the impact of engineering solution in a global and societal context.
  • Graduates will have recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • Graduates will have knowledge of contemporary issues in the context of general engineering, and will maintain up-to-date knowledge specific to their specialty in materials engineering.
  • Graduates will have the ability to use modern technical tools, including technical equipment and computing tools necessary to perform with excellence in their engineering practice.

Degrees and Enrollment

2013-2014 657 70
2012-2013 548 67

More About ABET

ABET, Inc. is the most recognized agency for accreditation of engineering and applied science programs. The organization provides leadership and quality assurance of engineering education programs among others in the US.

Graduates from an ABET accredited program meet well defined standards in their education and training. This process ensures that our graduates receive a nationwide recognized education in their field. ABET accredited programs are very active improving and innovating their educational methods with the goal of providing the best education quality possible. For information about ABET and their activities, contact the organization at:

111 Market Place, Ste. 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202-4012
Tel: 410-347-7700
Fax: 410-625-2238

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