ABET Accreditation

The BSME program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. In accordance with ABET, all graduates must meet certain specific distribution requirements.

ABET Inc. is a federation of 28 professional engineering and technical societies. Since 1932, ABET has provided quality assurance of education through accreditation. ABET accredits more than 2700 engineering, engineering technology, computing and applied science programs at over 550 colleges and universities nationally. ABET is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

Program educational objectives

In the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Washington we promote quality in our undergraduate curriculum through a culture of continuous evaluation and improvement. Our educational objectives reflect these values, and as such they have been endorsed by our stakeholders, including our external advisory board, our faculty, and our students.

Our program educational objectives: Within three to five years of completing the program, graduates will be successfully:

  • Practicing the profession of mechanical engineering, or
  • Pursuing graduate or professional education, or
  • Working in professional areas, such as other engineering disciplines, business, law, or medicine.

UW ABET learning outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Student demographics 2015-2016

  • 338 undergraduate students enrolled
  • 138 BSME degrees awarded
  • 271 graduate students enrolled
  • 64 MSME/MSE degrees awarded
  • 21 Doctoral degrees awarded