Engineering program earns reaccreditation
Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:42 am
The Messenger 10.12.11
The University of Tennessee at Martin’s general engineering program was recently reaccredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Inc.
Reaccreditation followed a lengthy process beginning with a detailed self-study report prepared by Ed Wheeler, UT Martin professor and interim chair of engineering, a visit from an ABET team in fall 2010 to examine the program and a final vote at the 2011 summer ABET meeting.
The program, housed in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, was originally accredited in 1999 and has educated more than 300 successful engineers since then.
In its final report, the visiting team praised UT Martin’s program for its “excellent student-faculty rapport,” emphasis on “hands-on” laboratory learning experience and assistance in student intern and career placement.
Dr. Richard Helgeson, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences dean, said that these characteristics “help our program to stand out and give our graduates a competitive edge in the engineering marketplace.”
Dr. Jerald Ogg, vice chancellor for academic affairs, is also pleased with the review.
“This is a rigorous process, but it is gratifying to have ABET confirm what we already knew,” Ogg said. “Students who want to learn engineering from faculty members who have both world-class educational credentials and practical, professional experience need look nofurther than UT Martin.”
The program offers students a choice of concentrations in civil, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering.
Collectively, the engineering faculty has 134 years of teaching experience and 76 years of practice as engineers.
All U.S. and international engineering programs that have ABET accreditation go through periodic reaccreditation visits to ensure that the programs maintain excellence in all aspects of their educational processes.