Course 1-ENG now ABET-accredited

The Course 1-ENG undergraduate degree program recently received general engineering accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The accreditation extends retroactively to the program’s beginning in October 2014.

The 18-month accreditation process began as soon as the course became eligible, which was after its first graduating class.

“Engineering accreditation of our program is important to our students, particularly those who are considering careers in engineering practice,” Colette Heald, Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) associate department head, was quoted as saying by Kiley Clapper, academic administrator of CEE.

Course 1-ENG has a flexible curriculum that allows students to combine Course 1 foundational courses with one of three core subject areas: mechanics and materials, environmental engineering science, and systems.

Students work closely with faculty to design their own track, which is a combination of their core, and unrestricted and restricted electives. Sample tracks include energy, bio-inspired mechanics, and sustainable buildings and cities.

“We completely revised and made significant improvements to the undergraduate program a few years ago, so for this program to be accredited by ABET is a tremendous opportunity for our students to develop their careers,” Markus Buehler, CEE department head was quoted as saying by Clapper. “The accreditation is testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff to the success of our students.”