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ABET Accreditation


The Swarthmore College Engineering Program is a accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 415 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201-4405 tel 410-347-7700.

The Swarthmore Engineering Program Educational Objectives and Program Outcomes have been developed with input from the faculty and other stakeholders, and are consistent with ABET Criterion 2 and 3. Its assessment processes have been established to ensure that our graduates achieve the Program Objectives and Outcomes and to develop and improve the Engineering program.

Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that our program is preparing graduates to achieve in their early careers.

Graduates of our program will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

1.   be flexible and resourceful, able to learn and apply new knowledge, and to adapt successfully to novel circumstances and challenges,
2.   communicate and work effectively with people with a broad variety of backgrounds at both a technical and non-technical level,
3.   apply engineering principles and methodology to the design and analysis of systems and to the solution of a wide variety of problems, and,
4.   consider scientific, technologic, ethical, societal, economic, political and/or environmental issues in a local or global context, as appropriate.

Student Learning Outcomes
Student learning outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to demonstrate by the time of graduation.

Swarthmore graduates with the Bachelor of Science degree in engineering will have:
a)  an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b)  an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c)   an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d)  an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
e)  an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f)   an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g)  an ability to communicate effectively
h)  the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i)   a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j)   a knowledge of contemporary issues
k)  an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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