Program Objectives (ABET)

The Aerospace Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. That accreditation includes consideration of the program's educational objectives and student outcomes:

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Aerospace Engineering undergraduate program are for the graduates to achieve the following within a few years of graduation:

  • Obtain employment in industry or government institutions, engage in entrepreneurship, and/or pursue graduate degrees.
  • Solve engineering problems throughout their careers using the knowledge and skills earned during their engineering degree program.
  • Advance their careers by demonstrating leadership, teamwork, and communication skills in addition to technical knowledge.
  • Continue their professional development utilizing educational and career building opportunities through their employer, educational institutions, and/or professional societies.
  • Make a positive contribution to society through advancing the state of the art in science and engineering, professional service, community service, and/or mentoring.

Program educational objectives are defined by ABET as “what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation.”

Student Outcomes

The Aerospace Engineering Program prepares graduates to achieve the following student outcomes by the time of graduation:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. 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.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.