Mechanical Engineering Accreditation

Vision and Mission

WSU Tri-Cities mechanical engineering program is ABET accredited. ABET is the recognized accrediting agency for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET is a federation of 28 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 70 years.

To provide a broad education in mechanical engineering that prepares our students for being successful in professional practice and advanced studies.

  • Educate graduates for professional leadership, civic influence, and lifelong learning.
  • Provide an education based on a theoretical, experimental, and ethical foundation and enhanced by opportunities for participation in research, internships, international studies, interdisciplinary programs, or programs in entrepreneurship.
  • Conduct research and develop technology to address present and future societal problems.
  • Advance the state-of-the-art in areas incorporating technical disciplines from computing.
  • Collaborate with researchers from other disciplines to address societal grand challenge problems.
Undergraduate Enrollment & Graduation Data
Academic Year Enrollment Year Total Undergrad Total Grad Degrees Awarded
1st 2nd *3rd 4th 5th Associates Bachelors Masters Doctorates
Current Year 2013 FT 13 7 16 42 78 3 **29 **6
PT 1 3 4 5 13 17
1 2012 FT 9 6 8 30 53 3 17 6
PT 1 1 4 7 13 15
2 2011 FT 11 5 7 17 40 2 9 4
PT 1 1 1 3 6 22
3 2010 FT 6 6 2 12 26 4 15 0
PT 7 7 13
4 2009 FT 5 3 6 14 1 4 5
PT 1 1 2 13
Mechanical Engineering Program Enrollment and Degree Data

FT–full time PT–part time *Includes post-baccalaureate students.
**Estimate. Official numbers will be available in October 2014.

Constituencies
The constituencies of the program include current and past students, faculty of the school of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, employers of our students, and the citizens of the state of Washington.

The constituencies provide their input to the program in the following manner.

  • Faculty participation occurs through monthly faculty meetings and yearly faculty retreats.
  • Student participation occurs through Alumni Surveys.
  • Employer participation usually occurs through Employer Surveys

Industrial input also occurs directly through the participation on the External Advisory Board (EAB) for MME, which meets twice a year. The members of this Board are generally MME alumni and represent regional industries, national laboratories, and federal agencies. The Advisory Board members also participate in the review of the Program Outcomes described in Criterion 3.

The participation by the citizens of the Washington State has been in several forms: legislative actions and requirements for accountability, and directives from the Washington Student Achievement Council.

Program Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes

Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates will be involved in the practice of engineering or in pursuit of graduate studies.
  2. Graduates will perform successfully as members of professional teams in the global
    arena.
  3. Graduates will function professionally and continuously improve their professional skills.

Student Outcomes

The desired outcomes of the BSME program are that every student graduating from this program should demonstrate the following:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to 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 multidisciplinary 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.

ME Courses and Syllabi

The current Mechanical Engineering courses and syllabi are available here.

Correspondence between Program Educational Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes
Student Outcomes

Program Objectives

  1. Graduates will be involved in the practice of engineering or in pursuit of graduate studies.
  1. Graduates will perform successfully as members of professional teams in the global arena.
  1. Graduates will function professionally and continuously improve their professional skills.
a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. X
b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. X
c. 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. X
d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams. X
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. X
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. X
g. An ability to communicate effectively.  X
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. X X
i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. X
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues. X
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. X X
Coverage of Student Learning Outcomes in ME Classes
Course by Semester
Student Learning Outcomes
First Semester
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MATH 171 Calculus I
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CHEM 105 Principles of Chemistry I
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ENGR 120 Innovation in Design
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ENGL 101 Introduction to Writing
X
Arts Elective
X
X
Second Semester
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MATH 172 Calculus II
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CHEM 106 Principles of Chemistry II
X
ME 116 CAD & Visualization
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 X
 X
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 X
 X
HIST 105 Roots of Contemporary Issues
X
 
 X
Bio. Sciences Elective X
X
Third Semester
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MATH 220 Introduction to Linear Algebra
X
MATH 273 Calculus III
X
PHYS 201 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
X
Computer Programming (CptS 121, CptS 251, or EE221)
X
CE 211 Statics
X
EconS 101/102 Introduction Micro/Macro Economics
X
 
X
Fourth Semester
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MATH 315 Differential Equations
X
PHYS 202 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
X
CE 215 Mechanics of Materials
X
ME 212 Dynamics
X
ME 216 Integrated CAD Design
 X
 X
 
 
 X
 
 X
ME 220 Materials Lab
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X
X
X
Fifth Semester
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EE 304 Circuits
X
ME 301 Thermodynamics
X
ME 303 Fluid Dynamics
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ME 313 Engineering Analysis
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 X
MSE 201 Materials Science
X
Math/Stat 370 Statistics
X
Sixth Semester
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ME 305 Thermal Fluids Lab
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ME 310 Manufacturing Processes
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ME 311 Manufacturing Processes Lab
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ME 316 Engineering Design
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ME 348 Dynamic Systems
 X
ME 404 Heat Transfer
X
X
Humanities Elective
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X
Seventh Semester
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Technical Elective I
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 X
 X
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 X
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ME 401 Mechatronics
 X
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ME 402 Thermal Systems Design
 X
 X
X
 X
 X
 X
 X
 X
 X
ME 414 Machine Design
 X
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X
Diversity Elective
 
 X
Eighth Semester
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ME 406 Experiential Design Lab
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ME 416 Senior Design
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 X
Engl 402 Technical Writing
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Technical Elective II
 X
 X
 X
 X
 X
 X
X
 X
X
 X
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

2013–2014 Academic Year

A student learning outcome is deemed achieved when a set attainment threshold is met or exceeded. In the establishment of such a threshold, the students who participate in the assessment process for each outcome are designated as the “assessed” students. In the Mechanical Engineering (ME) program, the attainment threshold for each outcome  is hence set at 75% of the assessed students attaining that outcome according to the ME program outcome assessment process. If the percentage of assessed students attaining an outcome either ranges between less than 75% and 60% or falls below 60%, then it is deemed that there is either a concern or a weakness in the attainment of that outcome. In the 2013-2014 academic year, all the ABET student learning outcomes were attained in the ME program, with all attainment levels exceeding the attainment threshold, as illustrated in the figure. In particular, all these outcomes were attained at a level exceeding 85% of assessed students achieving those outcomes, with 6 outcomes attained at a level exceeding 95%.

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