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 new student outcomes (1) - (7), as given in the revised Criterion 3 for accrediting engineering programs by EAC, namely:
1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. 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
3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
4. 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
5. 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
6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.