Mechanical Engineering Program is Accredited by ABET
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
University of San Diego’s dual Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree program in mechanical engineering has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in engineering, technology, computing, and applied science. Mechanical engineering is the third USD engineering program to receive ABET accreditation. Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations to continue to maintain their status as ABET-accredited programs.
Because accreditation involves evaluation of the entire program curriculum, the first accreditation visit can occur only after the first class of program graduates completes the curriculum. As with the other two accredited programs in electrical engineering and industrial and systems engineering, the mechanical engineering evaluation visit occurred as early as allowed, given this restriction, and the positive accreditation results apply to all graduates of the program, including the first class who completed the program during the year prior to the visit.
The evaluation for this accreditation was conducted in October 2007 by a team of professionals that included Gerald Jakubowski, Ph.D., president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Swami Karunamoorthy,D.Sc., professor of mechanical engineering at Saint Louis University, and Darrell Pepper,Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The evaluation focused on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support, and other important areas. Accreditation was officially decided at the July 2008 annual meeting of ABET commission members.
ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education. In addition to providing colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve their programs, 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 is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.