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ABET Information

ABET accreditation is assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. For example, an accredited engineering program must meet the quality standards set by the engineering profession. ABET accredits postsecondary degree-granting programs housed within regionally accredited institutions. ABET accredits programs only, not departments, colleges, or institutions. 

The sections below contain the Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes for each of our programs that are ABET-accredited:

The Engineering Sciences SB (Bachelor of Science) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a school with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, has adopted the following ABET Program Educational Objectives for the training of our undergraduates pursuing Engineering Sciences:

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Engineering Sciences program are prepared to address current and future societal challenges through the application of engineering principles using knowledge from the sciences, arts, and humanities in a wide-range of professional fields, including engineering, law, medicine, public policy, education, design and business practice. To meet the needs of our constituents, our Program Education Objectives state that within a few years of graduation our graduates will have:

  1. Demonstrated technical competence, including design and problem-solving skills, leading to success in a diverse range of careers or fields of graduate study;
  2. Shown a commitment to working on solutions to problems with global, economic, environmental, and societal impacts;
  3. Been successful in a range of leadership and teamwork roles;
  4. Shown a commitment to lifelong learning through the pursuit of advanced degrees, professional certification, or knowledge of contemporary issues and recent advances in their field.

Student Outcomes

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environmental, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The SB Engineering Sciences program graduated 16 students each in academic years 2017-18 and 2016-17; 18 students in academic year 2015-16; 12 students in academic year 2014-15; 31 students in academic year 2013-14; 27 students in academic year 2012-13; and 29 students in academic year 2011-12. The number of enrolled concentrators (sophomores through seniors) in the program was 76 in 2017-18; 77 in 2016-17; 62 in 2015-16; 58 in 2014-15; 75 in 2013-14; 108 in 2012-13; and 116 in 2011-12. These numbers include students in the SB Engineering Sciences program only.  The decrease in SB Engineering Sciences concentrators in the past few years is related to the addition of the new SB Electrical Engineering and SB Mechanical Engineering programs in 2012-13 and students who would have otherwise concentrated in Engineering Sciences moving to these new programs.