Angelo State University’s Mechanical Engineering Degree Program Gains Accreditation

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SAN ANGELO, TX – Angelo State University Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) has achieved accreditation from the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission, retroactive to October 2020.

According to ABET website“ABET accreditation ensures that a college program has met essential standards to prepare graduates to enter critical STEM fields in the global workforce. Graduates of an ABET-accredited program have a strong educational foundation and are capable of leading the way in terms of innovation, emerging technologies, and anticipating the needs of public well-being and safety”.

With ABET accreditation in place, ASU engineering graduates will be eligible to earn the professional engineering credentials necessary for employment with an engineering firm. Because accreditation is retroactive to October 2020, all Angelo State BSME graduates to date also have accredited degrees.

“This is a great day for ASU and the culmination of seven years of hard work to create the David L. Hirschfeld Department of Engineering“, said Dr. William Kitch, head of the department. “We now have fully accredited programs in mechanical and civil engineering. I am extremely proud of our engineering staff, faculty and students who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. I also want to thank ASU leadership and industry leaders in the Concho Valley for all the support we have received over the past seven years. »

Additional benefits for students in an ABET-accredited program include:

  • Verification that their educational experience meets the global standard for technical education
  • Improved Employment Opportunities – ABET accreditation is recognized worldwide.
  • Assistance with obtaining future licensing, registration and certification
  • Establish eligibility for federal loans, grants and/or scholarships

Angelo State’s BSME degree program was approved in October 2018 and was originally funded by a $2.75 million grant from the United States Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions program. The first mechanical engineering students enrolled in fall 2019 and the first cohort graduated in spring 2021.

ABET identified two specific strengths of Angelo State’s BSME program:

  • The diversity of the student body in preparing students to succeed in a diverse workplace
  • The low student-faculty ratio and the quality of faculty interaction with students

“This accreditation marks the end of ASU’s engineering founding history,” Kitch said. “We are going for bigger and better things. Our next goals are to double the number of engineers at ASU and to make ASU the school of choice for Texans seeking an engineering education. of the highest quality undergraduate studies. RAMgineers are leading the way!”

ASU also offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE), and all ASU engineering students use the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment housed at Hunter Strain Engineering Laboratories.

More details on ASU’s engineering programs can be found at angelo.edu/engineering.

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