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ABET Accreditation

Further information

For further information on ABET-related activities in the MSE or WE programs, please contact:

Prof. Peter Anderson
Dept. Chair and MSE ABET Coordinator
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
The Ohio State University
177 Watts Hall
2041 College Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6255

The MSE and WE programs are accredited by ABET. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, ABET, Inc. (, is the recognized U.S. accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. Accreditation ensures the quality of the post-secondary education students receive.

To ensure the highest academic quality and to conform to ABET requirements, the MSE program is organized around our Program Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes.

Program Educational Objectives

The degree program in Materials Science and Engineering seeks to produce graduates who make meaningful positive contributions to our technological society. Within a few years of graduation, we expect our alumni to have:

  1. attained or be successfully moving towards attaining post-graduate or professional degrees.
  2. been appointed to technical, scientific, or business positions in industry, government or academia.
  3. earned recognition for scientific and technical contributions within their employing organizations.
  4. become engaged with and contribute to professional societies and organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes, MSE & WE

The program outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program. We expect the following from MSE and WE students upon their graduation:

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 multi-disciplinary 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, economic, environmental and societal context.

i) A recognition of the need for and an 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.

Additional expectations of our Welding Engineering students are:

l) An ability to select and design welding materials, processes, and inspection techniques based on fabrication and service conditions.

m) An ability to develop welding procedures that specify materials, processes, design and inspection requirements.

n) An ability to design welded structures and components to meet application requirements.

For further details on the 2011 accreditation of the MSE undergraduate degree, and to review the accreditation document submitted to ABET, please contact our department at the address above.