Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Program Objectives and student outcomes

Consistent with the criteria set by ABET, the overall educational objective of the undergraduate program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science is to educate students with excellent technical capabilities in mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, engineering science, and related fields who will be responsible citizens and continue their professional advancement through life-long learning.

Materials Science and Engineering Program Objectives

In their career and professional activities, we expect our graduates to: 

  • Demonstrate successful application of materials science and engineering knowledge and skills for industry, public sector organizations, or their profession
  • Pursue life-long learning through advanced professional degrees, graduate studies in engineering, professional training, or engineering certification.
  • Demonstrate professional and intellectual growth as leaders in their profession and/or community. 

Mechanical Engineering Program Objectives

In their career and professional activities, we expect our graduates to:

  • Demonstrate successful application of mechanical engineering knowledge and skills for industry, public sector organizations, or their profession.
  • Pursue life-long learning through advanced professional degrees, graduate studies in mechanical engineering, professional training, or engineering certification. 
  • Demonstrate professional and intellectual growth as leaders in their profession and/or community. 

Engineering Science Program Objectives

The Engineering Science Program seeks to produce engineers who build successful, diverse careers based on:

  • an understanding of the physical/life sciences, engineering analysis and design, and interdisciplinary problem solving;
  • a commitment to ongoing professional development as exemplified by, for example, graduate study, training, conference participation, and certification;
  • advancement and leadership in professional and/or community life.

The Mechanical Engineering program and the Materials Science and Engineering program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org 

Student Outcomes

Program outcomes used to fulfill accreditation standards match ABET requirements. The following outcomes are incorporated through our curriculum:
(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.