The Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science Programs in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Publication of the Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes, as well as assessment and evaluation of the extent to which these objectives and outcomes are being satisfied is part of the Department’s continuous improvement process.
Program Educational Objectives
The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Notre Dame has established the following Program Educational Objectives that are consistent with the mission of the University and College of Engineering. These Program Educational Objectives have been developed in collaboration with faculty, students and industry representatives.
Though one can describe “Program Educational Objectives” in many ways, the ABET description is that Program Educational Objectives are “broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing the graduates to achieve.” These are usually recognized as accomplishments in the first few years after graduation.
The Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering programs at Notre Dame appreciates the diverse set of individual goals to which our students aspire so it has expressed the Program Educational Objectives in two forms.
Graduates of the program should:
- secure a position consistent with their personal aspirations and qualifications;
- assume a technical or managerial leadership role with their organization; and,
- participate as a volunteer with at least one professional or social service organization.
In addition, depending upon the career path selected, graduates will achieve one or more of the following:
- be recognized as the key technical specialist within their organization for a particular professional specialty;
- receive a graduate or professional degree;
- start their own company; or,
- apply for or be granted a patent.
To achieve these Program Educational Objectives, the curriculum is designed to provide the following Student Outcomes, which describe what students are expected to know or be able to do by the time of graduation.
- First Principles and Problem Solving: Graduates understand fundamental scientific first principles of engineering, and can apply them to the solution of problems for modeling or simulation of engineering problems or systems by way of analytical and numerical treatment
- Engineering Skills and Professional Practice: Graduates understand the essential role of experimentation in engineering and they are able to compare, and gain insight from a combination of analytical, numerical and experimental results. They are able to use modern engineering software tools including CAD and are capable of programming digital computers including microprocessors.
- Design: Graduates have a pragmatic understanding of design and the engineering design process and are able to contribute in various ways to the design of a product, system or process.
- Communication: Graduates are able to communicate well, both orally and in writing, and function effectively in multidisciplinary groups both in leadership and support roles.
- Professional Responsibility: Graduates are familiar with the responsibilities of professional practice, the roles that aerospace and mechanical engineers play in society, the kinds of issues they deal with and their influence in society.
Fall 2020 Enrollment
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