AUD’s Bachelor of Science Program in Mechanical Engineering has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org), the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education by meeting rigorous accreditation standards. Graduates from accredited programs are eligible for professional certification, registration and licensure in many countries through mutual recognition agreements, which provides them with greater mobility and access to employment worldwide.
“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn ABET Accreditation,” said Dr. Alaa Ashmawy, Dean of the School of Engineering. “It is a very important step in the continued evolution and expansion of engineering at AUD, and speaks to the incredible dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff, and students. Our Civil, Computer, and Electrical Engineering Programs were among the earliest outside the USA to be accredited by ABET. The addition of Mechanical Engineering is an outstanding achievement. We are particularly proud that this accreditation applies retroactively to all our graduates, including those who graduated in 2013.” The Mechanical Engineering Program at AUD became eligible for ABET accreditation this year. AUD’s School of Engineering houses three other Bachelor of Science Programs - Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering - all of which are ABET-accredited since 2006.
One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. As part of this continuous improvement requirement, programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.
In addition to providing colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve their programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and assists registration, licensure, and certification boards in screening applicants.
“It is the standard by which engineering programs of quality are measured. One of the key outcome objectives of our program is to prepare students to become licensed professional engineers. In order to be even considered, applicants must have graduated from an ABET-accredited program,” said Dr. Wael Bazzi, Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department. “We are extremely pleased to have earned ABET accreditation and are proud to not only meet specific standards of excellence, but our faculty, and professional staff is committed to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that our program will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”
To learn more about AUD’s School of Engineering Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, visit www.engr.aud.edu.