Objectives & Outcomes

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. Graduates:

  • will become successful in engineering and other diverse careers.
  • may pursue advanced study in engineering or other disciplines.
  • 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 outcomes listed below were established by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. These outcomes have been adopted by the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering faculty and its Industrial Advisory Board for our undergraduate mechanical engineering program.

By the time of graduation, students will demonstrate the following:

  • knowledge: an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • experimental ability: to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • design ability: to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
  • teamwork: an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • problem solving: an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • professionalism: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • communication ability: to communicate effectively
  • broad impact education: to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • knowledge of contemporary issues
  • tools: an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice