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Aerospace Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering are to matriculate graduates who conduct themselves in a responsible, professional and ethical manner (citizenship), and who upon the years following graduation, are engaged in the following:

  • Discovery
    • actively embracing leadership roles in the practice of engineering in industry and government organizations (including both traditional and emerging technical areas).
    • research and development across disciplines (via graduate study or industry) to advance technology and foster innovation in order to compete successfully in the global economy.
    • applying their engineering problem solving skills to less-traditional career paths (e.g., law, medicine, business, start-up ventures, and public policy, etc.).
  • Learning
    • actively participating in professional development opportunities (conferences, workshops, short courses, graduate education, etc.).
    • updating and adapting their core knowledge and abilities to compete in the ever-changing global enterprise.
    • developing new knowledge and skills to pursue new career opportunities.
  • Engagement
    • serving as mentors for the engineering profession, helping others develop a passion for engineering.
    • exchanging and applying knowledge to create new opportunities that advance our society and solve a variety of technical and social problems.
    • entrepreneurial ventures and fostering activities that support sustainable economic development that enhance the quality of life of people in the state, across the country, and around the world.

Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives for the Mechanical Engineering program are to educate graduates who will be ethical, productive, and contributing members of society. As they progress professionally after graduation, our alumni will:

  • Use their engineering foundation for success in
    • Careers in Engineering (practice, research, R&D, education, management, or service) in industry, academia, government, or other organizations, or
    • Technical Non-Engineering Careers in industry, academia, government, or other organizations, or
    • Graduate School in Engineering, or
    • Non-technical Careers in areas such as law, medicine, business, public policy, secondary education, service industries, etc.
    • Non-technical Careers involving management or entrepreneurship
    • Developing new knowledge and products that will promote sustainable economic development to improve the quality of life
    • Promoting the practice of engineering as a source of societal good
  • Use lifelong learning skills to
    • Take advantage of professional development opportunities in their disciplines
    • Develop new knowledge and skills and pursue new areas of expertise or careers
    • Adapt to changing global markets and workforce trends
  • Engage in professional service by
    • Using their engineering background to advance society and to help solve technical and societal problems
    • Developing new knowledge and products that will promote sustainable economic development to improve the quality of life
    • Promoting the practice of engineering as a source of societal good

Student Outcomes

The program’s student outcomes support the program educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering. Student outcomes are as follows: 

  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.