ABET Accreditation

Bachelor's program mission and outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program objectives are broad in scope and describe the expected accomplishments of our graduates during the first few years after graduation, while program outcomes are narrower and describe what our students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.

Program educational objectives (as revised on Sept. 18, 2009)*

The objectives of the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering at Wayne State University are to provide the education and training that will enable its graduates to:

  1. successfully pursue intermediate level engineering positions or additional degrees;
  2. demonstrate technical competency in applying broad, fundamental-based knowledge and up-to-date skills to perform professional work in mechanical engineering related disciplines;
  3. demonstrate competency in applying comprehensive design methodology pertaining to mechanical engineering, incorporating the use of the economic, environmental, and social impact of design;
  4. engage in professional societies, and to always apply best practices in professional ethics; and
  5. be committed to life-long learning activities through self-reliance, creativity and leadership.

* Program educational objectives are broad in scope and describe the expected accomplishments of our graduates during the first few years after graduation, while student outcomes are narrower and describe what our students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.

Expected ABET student program outcomes (as revised on Sept. 18, 2009)*

It is expected that by the time of graduation, our BSME students will:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering  
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data  
  • an 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  
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams  
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility  
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary 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 life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues  
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

* Program educational objectives are broad in scope and describe the expected accomplishments of our graduates during the first few years after graduation, while student outcomes are narrower and describe what our students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.


Master's program mission and outcomes

The mission of the MSME degree program is to provide graduate students with in-depth training in physics-based modeling, analysis and hands-on experience in the broad field of mechanical engineering. The program prepares students for professional practice and/or advanced degrees in mechanical engineering and related fields.

Learning outcomes for the MSME program

At the time of their graduation, our MSME students must be able to:

  • apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate and solve mechanical engineering problems.
  • use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for mechanical engineering practice.
  • engage in lifelong learning.

Assessment

  • All ME graduate courses, required for the completion of the MSME degree, contribute to the three learning outcomes of the MSME program.
  • Homeworks, exams, quizzes, and projects/theses will be designed to assess program learning outcomes.
  • Periodic Student Surveys focusing on program learning objectives will be conducted and analyzed. The results will guide curriculum changes needed for the continuous improvement of the MSME program.

Ph.D. program mission and outcomes

The mission of the Ph.D. program is to foster creativity and excellence in students through in-depth training on applying advanced principles in mechanical engineering and related fields to conduct basic and/or applied research for the advancement of scientific knowledge. The program prepares graduate students for advanced placement in industry and/or faculty position in academia.

Learning outcomes for the Ph.D. program

At the time of their graduation, our Ph.D. students must have accomplished the following:

  • Contribute to the advancement of scientific and engineering knowledge.
  • Demonstrate mastery of advanced principles pertaining to the selected research path of the Ph.D. candidate.
  • Ability to conduct independent research work in mechanical engineering and related fields.

Assessment

  • Outcome ‘a’ will be assessed through the originality of the Ph.D. dissertation. Outcomes “a” and “b” can be further assessed through peer reviewed conference proceedings, conference presentations, and refereed journal publications.
  • All three outcomes will be assessed through directed studies, qualifying exams, public Ph.D. defense and meetings with Ph.D. Committee members.
  • Outcome “b” will be assessed through homeworks, exams, quizzes and projects in the course work required by the Ph.D. program.