Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering



VCU’s BS degree in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program objectives

The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering faculty and its Industrial Advisory Board have developed the following set of program educational objectives for our undergraduate mechanical engineering program. These are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Attainment of these objectives will satisfy the needs of our program’s constituents and fulfill the missions of the program, school and university. These objectives were revised in 2011 and approved by our Industrial Advisory Board on April 29, 2011.

  1. Graduates will become successful in engineering and other diverse careers.
  2. Graduates may pursue advanced study in engineering or other disciplines.
  3. Graduates will engage in self-development activities that lead to opportunities for leadership, management, and professional advancement.

Student outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.

The 11 student outcomes listed below and labeled (a) through (k) were established by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. These outcomes have been adopted by the VCU Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering faculty and its Industrial Advisory Board for our undergraduate mechanical engineering program. We have added a keyword identifier to each outcome, as shown in bold.

By the time of graduation VCU mechanical engineering students will demonstrate the following:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering [Knowledge]

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data [Experimental]

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realisticconstraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety,manufacturability, and sustainability [Design]

(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams [Teamwork]

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems [Problem solving]

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility [Professionalism]

(g) an ability to communicate effectively [Communication]

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global,economic, environmental, and societal context [Broad impact]

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning [Lifelong learning]

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues [Contemporary issues]

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineeringpractice [Tools]

Maps of Student Outcomes to Curriculum