Undergraduate Students

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Arkansas is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700. The undergraduate program in mechanical engineering has had continual accreditation since 1936, the first year programs were accredited.

In compliance with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Arkansas has developed and maintained a well-defined set of Program Educational Objectives and desired Program Outcomes. These objectives and outcomes have been modified over the years, following our commitment to continuous improvement. The Program Educational Objectives are the big-picture goals of the Mechanical Engineering program relative to all of our constituencies (students, alumni, employers, and Arkansas Academy of Mechanical Engineering). Through surveys and other assessment tools, the department attempts to ensure that these objectives and desired outcomes are being met in a long-term feedback loop. The most recent version of our educational objective list is given below:


  • Students
  • Alumni represented by the Arkansas Academy of Mechanical Engineering and mechanical engineering representatives on the Dean's Early Career Council
  • Employers represented by a committee of five employees in industry, government, and private practices

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives of the BSME program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are to produce graduates able to:

  • Contribute to the economic development of Arkansas and the world through the practice of Mechanical Engineering;
  • Meet or exceed the needs and expectations of mechanical engineering employers in industry, government, and private practice;
  • Engage in professional activities that promote the mechanical engineering profession and provide continuing self-development; and
  • Succeed in graduate study and research, if pursued.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the BSME degree program, graduates can demonstrate:

  • ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics; 
  • 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;
  • ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
  •  ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.