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ABET Accreditation

ABET logo The Bachelor of Science degree program in Materials Science and Engineering is accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission, http://www.abet.org.

The ABET-accredited designation means that our programs meet quality standards set by the profession. Graduation from an accredited program assures employers and graduate schools, among other organizations, that the student/graduate has had adequate preparation for the profession. Many employers, graduate schools, licensing boards, and other groups require graduation from an accredited program as a minimum qualification for consideration.

MSE Program Educational Objectives

The Materials Science and Engineering program, in alignment with the University of Washington mission statement, strives to prepare graduates who:

  1. Will obtain professional recognition for excelling in one or more of the core Materials Science and Engineering areas of structure, processing, properties, performance and selection.
  2. Will apply their broad materials science and engineering training to excel in areas such as entrepreneurship, government, and education.
  3. Will excel in outstanding graduate programs.
  4. Will be leaders in their chosen fields and participate in professional societies and organizations to further improve the materials science and engineering profession.
  5. Behave ethically and consider the social implications of their work, especially as it affects the health, safety, and environment of citizens worldwide.

Student Educational Objectives

At the time of graduation, students from the Materials Science & Engineering program at the University of Washington are expected to have:

  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 multi-disciplinary 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 modern engineering practice.
  12. The ability to apply advanced science (such as chemistry and physics) and engineering principles to ceramics, metals, polymers and composite materials systems.
  13. An integrated understanding of the scientific and engineering principles underlying the four major elements of the field: structure, properties, processing and performance related to material systems.
  14. The ability to apply and integrate knowledge from each of the four major elements of the field to solve materials selection and design problems.
  15. The ability to utilize experimental, statistical and computational methods consistent with the goals of the program.
  16. Experience in laboratory work and in research and/or design problem solving.
  17. Preparation, as appropriate to the student and the area of interest, to enter graduate degree programs.