logo-abet.pngAccreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). With ABET accreditation, students, employers, and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce. Since 1932, ABET has provided quality assurance of education through accreditation. ABET accredits more than 2700 engineering, engineering technology, computing, and applied science programs at over 550 colleges and universities nationally.

The mechanical engineering program at the University of Washington, Bothell (UWB) began in autumn 2014. We have a rigorous 180 credit curriculum, to include comprehensive engineering laboratory facilities, that was designed similar to other ABET accredited ME programs in the United States. The electrical engineering program at UWB began three years prior to us and is fully ABET-accredited.

We have been in contact with ABET since our inception and have been implementing the required assessment plan and student course data collection procedures for the past year and half. Early on, we also established an ME Advisory Board comprised of ME industrial professionals to review our ABET Program Educational Objectives and other aspects of our ABET assessment process. Our ABET site visit was done in October 2016 (the site visit happens the fall following the first graduate).

We expect to be fully accredited by August 2017 which is approximately one year following our first cohort of ME students who graduated in June 2016. 

Enrollment and Graduation Data

This table provides information regarding the number of students who is going to receive our BS degree in 2016 and 2017, and the number of students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program as of winter, 2017.

Fall Mechanical Engineering student enrollment

2014 2015 2016
34 60 80

Bachelor’s Degree Awarded (Spring)

2016 (expected 2017 (expected)
28 28