ABET Accreditation

ABET Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, a federation of 31 professional engineering and technical societies. Since 1932, ABET has provided quality assurance of education through accreditation. ABET accredits more than 2500 engineering, engineering technology, computing, and applied science programs at over 550 colleges and universities nationally. ABET is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. The organization accredits programs, not institutions.

Mission Statement

The Faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware, concerned with continual improvement of academic standards and dedicated to the achievement of academic excellence, recognize these accreditation efforts are guided by the desire to better fulfill our mission of cultivating both learning and the advancement of knowledge in the engineering sciences by providing all of our students with outstanding undergraduate education programs so that they will know how to reason critically and independently yet cooperate productively.

The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

In order to prepare the mechanical engineers of the future to take their places in this profession and to be fully consistent with the published University and College Mission Statements, the UD Department of Mechanical Engineering has developed an undergraduate program that is both intellectually challenging and broad in scope.

The objective of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program at the University of Delaware is to produce graduates with a strong foundation in engineering fundamentals, enabling them to lead successful careers and/or obtain advanced degrees, and to contribute to the profession and the community at large.

NOTE: elements to be considered when assessing contributions will include items such as: advancement within an organization, teaching (for example, classes, short courses, continuing education, etc.), publishing papers or technical reports, applying for patents, delivering conference presentations, authoring other technical publications, progress towards professional registration, and active involvement with professional organizations.

The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The Student Outcomes expected of all graduates are:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an 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
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an 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
  5. an 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
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
Fall Undergraduate Enrollment
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mechanical Engineering 449 519 543 557 542 530 573 580


Bachelor’s Degree’s Awarded
2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Mechanical Engineering 105 104 93 108 139 159 103 114


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