Accreditation

The bachelor's program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.
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Program Educational Objectives

Constituents: Current students, alumni, employers, and faculty

The mechanical engineering program educational objectives are to produce exceptional graduates who within a few years after graduation:


1. Advance professionally with increasing leadership and responsibility beyond entry level in an industry relevant to mechanical engineering.
2. Contribute to organizational objectives with significant societal benefits in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner.
3. Engage in life-long learning through professional activities and training, the pursuit of higher educational degrees, and individual professional development.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes used by the mechanical engineering program are those published in the ABET “Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs” document.  Those outcomes are as follows:

1) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2) an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3) an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4) an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5) an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6) an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7)an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Program Criteria

The Mechanical Engineering Program criterion as listed in the ABET "Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs" is as follows:

Curriculum
The curriculum must require students to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations); to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes; and prepare students to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems while requiring topics in each area.

Faculty
The program must demonstrate that faculty members responsible for the upper-level professional program are maintaining currency in their specialty area.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to provide students with high quality, accessible undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering education; to engage and empower students with skills and knowledge to thrive in professional careers; and to serve society through economic and technological development of Southeast Texas and beyond.

Year Status Total Undergrad Mechanical Declared Major Mechanical Graduates
2017 FT 415 158 70
PT 89
2016 FT 415 182 51
PT 86
2015 FT 415 158 36
PT 86
2014 FT 371 166 36
PT 78
2013 FT 339 193 34
PT 53

Total Undergrad: This number represents all undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students.
Mechanical Declared Major: This number represents the number of students who have reached junior or senior level.

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