EMU engineering program earns ABET accreditation

Eastern Mennonite University’s Bachelor of Science degree program in engineering has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.  

 ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

“This is a significant milestone of achievement in the development of our relatively young engineering program,” said Professor Tara Kishbaugh, dean of EMU’s School of Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Nursing. “As the ABET accreditation process emphasizes continual improvement, it will continue to strengthen our program and our students’ preparation. I am grateful to our faculty for their intensive work on this process and their dedication to our student’s success.”

“We are thrilled with the attainment of ABET accreditation,” added Professor Esther Tian, program director. “The engineering program has already produced graduates who have successfully discovered their career paths. With the accreditation, students will be even more confident in the pursuit of their vocation.” 

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,361 programs at 850 colleges and universities in 41 countries and areas.

More information about ABET, its member societies and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org. 

 For more information about EMU’s Bachelor of Science degree program in engineering, visit www.emu.edu/engineering.

Discussion on “EMU engineering program earns ABET accreditation

  1. Congratulations, I am delighted to get this good news!

    If there is any way I can help with the programs involved, please do let me know –

  2. I applaud EMU for offering an engineering major and for seeking ABET accreditation for same. That is a tribute to the faculty (including support areas – not just engineering) and institutional leadership for providing opportunities for professional participation in technical fields.

    I was first involved with ABET in the 1980s by working on the “self-study” for Surveying at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Subsequently, I served as a Program Evaluator and Team Chair for various programs, culminating with a term as ANSAC Chair. The work of ABET continues to be a hall-mark of technical excellence in higher education.

    Congratulations again on the vision and dedication needed to achieve ABET accreditation.

  3. As a Mennonite and an Engineering educator (but not at a Mennonite institution), congratulations to EMU for getting their program ABET accredited. Students who aspire to become Professional Engineers need a degree so accredited. I’m sorry that at least one Mennonite college is now producing “engineers” without ABET accreditation, as those graduates can never be PEs.

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