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College of Engineering and Computer Science

Mechanical Engineering

Assessment - ABET Reporting Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditatation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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Mission:

The mission of the BS ME program is to provide an outstanding, practice-oriented education in mechanical engineering that will prepare graduates for professional employment and/or graduate study.

Goal:

The goal of the program is to provide students with a well-rounded education based on fundamental math, science and engineering principles with an understanding of the golbal and societal impact of engineering decisions.

Program Educational Objectives:

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. 

Mechanical Engineering Graduates will have:

  • utilized a foundation in engineering and science to engage in successful careers in mechanical engineering or other fields to the benefit of society. 
  • become effective participants or leaders in innovation and multi-disciplinary collaboration to address global technical, social, and industrial issues. 
  • engaged in career and professional development through self-study, continuing education, or graduate studies in engineering or other professional fields. 

The objectives describe the features that are considered important in an outstanding education in Mechanical Engineering.

The program educational objectives are consistent with the University Mission, which can be summarized in the following two quotes from the University Policy Manual: "The University’s mission is guided by fundamental values which reflect its identity as a public, regional, comprehensive, metropolitan university. Thus, California State University, Sacramento seeks to offer individuals the opportunity to realize their highest aspirations and become active and involved citizens for the good of the individual and society," and "We reaffirm the value of and need for education of the whole person in the tradition of a liberal undergraduate education. Building on the fundamental knowledge and skills acquired through a general education program, the University offers traditional liberal arts disciplines and professional studies which emphasize three critical curricular values - acquisition of knowledge, the development of critical thought processes, and the synthesis of knowledge - hallmarks of an educated person."

By preparing students to "succeed in professional employment and/or graduate study in mechanical engineering," the program offers individuals the opportunity to realize their highest aspirations. By preparing students to identify, analyze, and solve practical engineering problems the program emphasizes the development of a critical thought process and by preparing students to apply knowledge of mechanics, thermodynamics, materials and manfacturing to design of mechanical engineering projects the program emphasizes the acquisition and synthesis of knowledge. Finally by preparing students to communicate effectively with their peers, other professionals, decision makers, and the general public, in the conduct of their work;" and to practiceengineering in a professionally responsible and ethical manner" the program enables graduates to become active and involved citizens for the good of the individual and society.

The program educational objectives are also consistent with ABET educational criteria. The objectives provide for educating students to be able to conduct engineering work (analysis and design) in a professionally responsible and ethical manner, and to be able to communicate the results of their work to all stakeholders.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Student learning outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These outcomes relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. The student learning outcomes required by ABET and assessed in Mechanical Engineering are:

  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 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
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment and Graduation Information

The table below shows enrollment and graduation data compiled by the CSUS Office of Institutional Research (OIR).

Enrollment
Cohort Entering Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Undergraduate Students 471 519 630 744 789
Graduate Students 50 58 46 49 53
Total 521 577 676 793 842
Graduation Rate: First-Time Freshmen
Cohort Entering Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Entering Students 63 71 71 123 70
4-Year Graduation Rate 6% 1% 1% 0% 4%
5-Year Graduation Rate 22% 13% 13% 20% -
6-Year Graduation Rate 30% 24% 38% - -
Graduation Rate: Undergraduate Transfers
Cohort Entering Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Entering Students 44 54 41 58 56
2-Year Graduation Rate 7% 7% 20% 9% 27%
3-Year Graduation Rate 43% 48% 59% 66% -
4-Year Graduation Rate 64% 69% 78% - -

If you have any questions about any of the above information, please contact Dr. Sue Holl, Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, at (916) 278-6624 or sueh@csus.edu.