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.

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

Program educational objectives

The faculty of the University of Washington Mechanical Engineering Department strive to serve our students and other constituents by continuously improving our undergraduate program. To do so, we ensure that our objectives reflect the needs of our constituents, and have been reviewed by, among others, our External Advisory Board, the faculty, and the students. We envision that:

  1. Our graduates will thrive in careers that leverage the problem-solving, analytical and scientific skills that they laid the foundations for at UW. Their love of learning and collaborating will continue to flourish throughout their careers, and will propel them to solve local and global challenges and create impact far beyond expectations.
  2. Our graduates will continue professional development by obtaining continuing education credits, professional registration or certifications, or post-graduate studies or degrees.
  3. Our graduates will be global collaborators, working in professional areas, such as other engineering disciplines, business, law, or medicine.

UW ABET learning outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  2. An ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  3. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4. An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes.
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

Code of ethics of engineers

Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by:

  1. Using their knowledge and skill for the advancement of human welfare.
  2. Being honest and impartial, and serving with fidelity the public, their employers and clients.
  3. Striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession.
  4. Supporting the professional and technical societies of their disciplines.

The Fundamental Canons:

  1. Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties.
  2. Engineers shall perform services only in the areas of their competence.
  3. Engineers shall issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.
  4. Engineers shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest.
  5. Engineers shall build their professional reputation on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others.
  6. Engineers shall act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity and dignity of the profession.
  7. Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.