The undergraduate program "Bachelor of Science in Applied Mechanical Engineering (AME) Program", in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
ABET, incorporated as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, is an organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.
In 1993, the applied mechanical engineering program at KFUPM received the first ABET rating of Substantial Equivalency with accredited programs in the United States for its Bachelor of Science in Applied Mechanical Engineering program (BS-in-AME). However, there were some limitations and weaknesses within the program. These limitations and weaknesses were identified and acknowledged in the self-study questionnaire that was prepared for the ABET team visit. As part of its continuing effort to improve the quality of its courses and programs, a major revision of the curriculum of the AME program was made after the 1993 ABET visit. The KFUPM applied mechanical engineering program was reviewed for ABET Substantial Equivalency again in 2001.
The program underwent its initial accreditation visit by a team from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. in 2009 and was notified on July 26, 2010 that the program had been accredited until September 30, 2016.
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
The current educational objectives of the applied mechanical engineering program are:
- Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of mechanical engineers.
- Graduates will pursue/assume leadership roles in their profession and/or communities.
- Qualified graduates will pursue advanced studies, if they so desire.
The mechanical engineering department has adopted the student outcomes, (1) to (11), as given in the criteria for accrediting engineering programs by EAC, namely:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- 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
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.