• ABET - Engineering Accreditation Commission



Rowan University’s Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (  We first received our accreditation in 2002, after our first class completed the program, and we have maintained accreditation through to the present.

What is ABET?

ABET stands for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and is a non-governmental organization that evaluates post-secondary programs in science, computing, and engineering to ensure the program meets a quality standard essential to prepare graduates to enter the workforce.

How does ABET Evaluate Programs?

The accreditation process involves an extensive review of samples of student work on tests and assignments, syllabi and textbooks used in courses delivered by the program. Each component of the program is measured against the criteria established by ABET for adequate preparation for students entering the workforce. Many of these criteria are presented below in the Mechanical Engineering Department’s mission, program educational objectives, and student outcomes. For a full list of ABET evaluation process and criteria please visit

Mechanical Engineering Program’s Mission Statement

The Rowan University Mechanical Engineering Program is a student-centered, primarily undergraduate program that incorporates leading-edge educational methods and technology with engineering practice. We prepare students for careers in the global mechanical process industry and related fields, and for advanced degree study. Our program provides students with a strong foundation in mechanical engineering science and design, and emphasizes the development of effective communication and teaming skills, and professional responsibility in preparation for a career in a diverse global workforce. Throughout the curriculum, students are exposed to mechanical engineering methods using hands-on, state-of-the-art experiments, modern computer tools, and problem synthesis and solution approaches. The Mechanical Engineering Program is committed to technical excellence, professional responsibility, and lifelong learning.

What are the Mechanical Engineering Program’s Educational Objectives?

Our Graduates ...

  1. are well-rounded engineers who can apply knowledge and skills in their careers.
  2. consider the context and broader impacts of engineering solutions in professional practice.
  3. effectively communicate to a broad spectrum of audiences and have the teamwork and leadership skills to excel professionally.
  4. are flexibility to adapt to changing technology and recognize the need for continuous improvement, self-study or further education.

What are the Student Outcomes documented by the Mechanical Engineering Department?

The program must have documented student outcomes that support the program educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering. At the time of graduation, graduates from the Rowan ME program will have attained the following skills as required by our ABET accreditation.

Our Students will...

  1. be able to apply broad scientific, mathematical, and engineering knowledge in order to be able to identify, formulate and solve problems in thermal or mechanical systems.
  2. be able to design a system, component, process or experiment and analyze and interpret data
  3. be able to use modern tools, hardware and software in problem solving process
  4. recognize the need for professional and ethical responsibility
  5. recognize and consider the consequences of engineering solutions on society
  6. be knowledgeable of contemporary issues
  7. be effective communicators
  8. work effectively in multidisciplinary teams
  9. recognize that learning is a continuous process