of Science & Engineering Alumni Newsletter
School of Engineering Passes Accreditation
with Flying Colors!
School of Engineering went through
a very successful accreditation visit last fall. In the words of Dr. James
C. Kelley, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, “this was the
strongest review that the School of Engineering has ever received.”
The Engineering Programs were evaluated under the new Engineering Criteria
2000 (EC 2000) recently established by the Accreditation Board for Engineering
and Technology (ABET). According to these new criteria, developed by educators
and industry representatives, engineering programs have to show not only
what they teach students but more importantly what their students learn.
Specifically, the EC 2000 require that the engineering graduates have:
Over a 2-year period, the
School of Engineering has developed and implemented a comprehensive assessment
plan as well as feedback mechanisms that ensure continuous quality improvement
of the engineering programs. The Engineering Advisory Board (EAB) and many
alumni helped in the assessment process and curriculum development. All
this hard work paid off! The visiting ABET team was impressed by the assessment
results and the quality of the engineering programs, students, faculty,
and staff. They were pleased with the hands-on-experience component
in the curriculum and our lab facilities, especially the Motion Control
and the Electromagnetic Compatibility labs. Both of these state-of-the-art
labs were developed through National Science Foundation grants and equipment
donations from the local companies. The evaluators also praised the
EAB and alumni involvement and their dedication to the School of Engineering.
The engineering faculty, staff and students are very thankful to the alumni
who helped obtain a 6-year accreditation recommendation for the School
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.
An ability to function on
An ability to identify,
formulate, and solve engineering problems.
An understanding of professional
and ethical responsibility.
An ability to communicate
The broad education necessary
to understand the impact of engineering solutions in global and societal
A recognition of the need
for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
A knowledge of contemporary
An ability to use the techniques,
skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
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