Mechanical Engineering SB - 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.

Mechanical Engineering SB ABET Information

The Mechanical Engineering SB (Bachelor of Science) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering 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 (particularly mechanical 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 apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering [ABET, 3a].
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data [ABET, 3b].
  • 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 [ABET, 3c].
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams [ABET, 3d].
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems [ABET, 3e].
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility [ABET, 3f].
  • An ability to communicate effectively [ABET, 3g].
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context [ABET, 3h].
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning [ABET 3i].
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues [ABET, 3j].
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern tools necessary for engineering practice [ABET, 3k].

Enrollment and Graduation Data for SB Mechanical Engineering

The SB Mechanical Engineering program was first offered at SEAS in the 2012-13 academic year. The program graduated 19 students in academic year 2016-17, 8 students in academic year 2015-16, 14 students in academic year 2014-15, and 14 students in academic year 2013-14, the first year the program had graduates. The number of enrolled concentrators (sophomores through seniors) in the program was 63 in 2016-17, 53 in 2015-16, 57 in 2014-15, 47 in 2013-14, and 18 in 2012-13. These numbers include students in the SB Mechanical Engineering program only.