Accreditation - Mechanical Engineering

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to contribute to the economic development of the State of Colorado and the Denver metropolitan area by providing high quality BS and MS/MEng programs in mechanical engineering for a diverse group of working students.

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

The bachelor of science in mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical Engineering Program Criteria.


Program Educational Objectives

The program offered by the mechanical engineering department of CU Denver can be completed in the afternoon and evening hours to accommodate both working and traditional students. The department seeks to graduate a diverse population of students with a bachelor’s degrees who within a few years of graduation are able to: 

  • be employed by a diverse group of industries, research laboratories and educational institutions 
  • pursue careers in engineering, interdisciplinary areas, and in research and education
  • pursue post-graduate education and advanced degrees.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe the characteristics of our students at the time of graduation. The ABET student outcomes for the BSME program are:

·       an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

·       an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

·       an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

·       an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

·       an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

·       an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

·       an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Graduate Program Student Outcomes

  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 analyze or design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  4. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering and science problems
  5. An ability to communicate effectively
  6. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering and science tools necessary for engineering practice.

Engineering and Applied Science PhD Student Outcomes

  • An ability to demonstrate mastery of fundamental principles in Mechanical Engineering  
  • An ability to prepare and publish manuscripts in the archival literature 
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