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
  • Employers
  • Arkansas Academy of Mechanical Engineering

Program Educational Objectives

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

  • Effectively analyze and design mechanical systems and energy systems;
  • 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.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the BSME degree program, graduates can:

  • Apply advanced mathematics and the physical sciences to the solution of practical problems
  • Understand and apply knowledge current methods of mechanics, material science, and thermal sciences to analyze engineering systems and their components
  • Understand relationships between the mechanical, thermal, and manufacturing properties of materials
  • Design and conduct experiments and analyze their results
  • Design engineering systems and components by making choices among alternatives using realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, and safety factors; manufacturability; and sustainability
  • Use available tools to work productively
  • Communicate well verbally, graphically, and in writing
  • Work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Appreciate the value of research
  • Recognize the need for professional development, continued learning, and awareness of current professional issues
  • Understand the meaning of being a professional and the associated ethical responsibility
  • Understand the global, economic, environmental, and societal importance of their work as engineers