Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering Student Outcomes

The ME undergraduate curriculum supports our student outcomes, listed below, through a structure of basic science, mathematics, engineering science, engineering and liberal arts courses, and through specific educational outcomes associated with the courses in the ME curriculum. The ME Department has adopted the ABET Criterion 3 student outcomes in support of our program. These Student Outcomes are distributed within and among the courses within our curriculum, and our students are assessed for the achievement of these outcomes, as well as specific course learning statements, through testing, surveys, and other faculty assessment instruments. Information obtained in these assessments is used in a short-term feedback and improvement loop.Each Mechanical Engineering student will demonstrate the following attributes by the time they graduate:ABET Criterion 3:

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(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

(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) An ability to communicate effectively

(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and social context

(i) A recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues.

(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


(updated September 2013)