Metallurgical Engineering B.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the Metallurgical Engineering program at UNR is to provide a quality education that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities statewide and worldwide in metallurgical engineering.  Classroom, laboratory, and field experiences will provide a solid foundation in hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, materials handling, mineral processing, process selection and design, computer applications, automation and control, and safety and environmental impacts. Graduates will be prepared for industrial and government employment or for advanced university studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the mathematics, science, and engineering areas necessary to identify, formulate, and solve practical engineering problems.  The program will maintain compliance with ABET Accreditation.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Performance on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam
  • Successful completion of mathematics, science, and foundational engineering courses
Assessment Method
  • Pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam
  • Accreditation status of program
  • Performance in mathematics, science, and foundational engineering courses

2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in engineering topics related to metallurgical engineering.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Written, oral, and laboratory performance in the metallurgical engineering curriculum.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty evaluation of performance in Mining Methods, Materials Handling, Mineral Processing, Pyrometallurgy, Hydrometallurgy, and Extractive Metallurgy
  • Student self-evaluation of relevant ABET SLOs in related coursework

3. Students will demonstrate the ability to plan and design a technically sound extractive metallurgical and mineral process in an ethically, environmentally, and socially responsible manner.  Moreover, students will be able to communicate plans, designs, and operational practices to mine representatives, regulators, and the public.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Oral and written presentations of projects in metallurgical design, process, modeling, and control that conform to accepted design principles.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty and industry representative evaluations of senior design projects and presentations in Metallurgical Process, Modeling and Control, and Metallurgical Design
  • Student self-evaluation of senior design projects and relevant coursework

4. Students will be prepared for entry-level positions in the operations and management of metallurgical and mineral processes, or for graduate-level study in engineering.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Work experience within the minerals industry during undergraduate studies
  • Employment upon graduation
  • Acceptance into graduate school
Assessment Method
  • Written evaluations from internship and employment supervisors
  • Senior exit interviews
  • Alumni and employer surveys