UTM Department of Engineering is accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700)). ABET is a non-profit organization that serves the public by accrediting United States post-secondary degree programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. Accreditation is intended to certify the quality of these programs. There are over 2,800 programs accredited at over 600 colleges and universities in the U.S. ABET specifies minimum curricula for various engineering programs. For instance, ABET requires that all engineering graduates of a baccalaureate program receive at least one year of study in the natural or physical sciences and mathematics, and requires some study within general education. ABET also requires that each student complete a capstone project or design class in their education. Because of ABET's involvement, engineering curricula are somewhat standardized at the bachelor's level, thus ensuring that graduates of any ABET-accredited program have some minimal skill set for entry into the workforce or for future education.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program Objectives are to Graduate Engineers who are able to
- Solve broad-based, complex practical engineering problems which meet the diverse needs of a broad spectrum of employers, while at the same time appreciating the social, economic, and ethical issues in a modern global society.
- Work effectively on multidisciplinary engineering teams, demonstrating clear written and oral presentation skills.
- Serve the engineering needs of West Tennessee and the broader regional, state, national, and global market, by being professionally employed.
- Continue to grow professionally through life-long learning, through activities such as becoming a licensed professional engineer, pursuing graduate study, participating in continuing professional education, and active membership in professional engineering societies.
At the time of graduation, an engineering graduate will have the ability to...
- Use standard software (word processors, spreadsheets etc.) and commercially available software to model and perform analyses.
- Formulate and perform basic engineering analyses and economic assessments.
- Design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data and recognize discrepancies in analysis and test results.
- Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs that incorporate realistic constraints.
- Visualize components in a system and prepare and interpret schematics of the system.
- Work as an effective contributor in a multi-disciplinary team environment; and manage time and commitments with minimal supervision.
- Communicate effectively using standard industry terminology through hand-written technical documents, formal written documents, and oral presentations.
- Have an appreciation for the need to grow professionally through activities such as graduate study, continuing education, professional licensure, and participation in technical societies.
- Possess an educational background necessary to understand the global context in which engineering is practiced, including: a knowledge of contemporary issues related to science and engineering; the impact of engineering on society; the role of ethics in practicing engineering.
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