Objectives and Outcomes

The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is to develop mechanical engineering graduates who are distinguished by their skills in design, analysis, handsā€on engineering, problem solving, communication, and leadership; and who are keenly aware of their ethical responsibilities in a global society.


Drawing from the National Academy of Engineering's Engineer of 2020 report, the University of Washington Bothell Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program objectives are as follows:

1. Technical Competence

a) Apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations).
b) Model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes as they relate to thermal and mechanical systems.

2. Creativity and Design

a) Exhibit practical ingenuity, aesthetic sense, and creativity in the design of thermal and mechanical systems given the reality of technical, economic, social, and environmental constraints.
b) Demonstrate resilience, agility, and capacity for self-reflection.

3. Leadership and Ethical Awareness

a) Identify and frame problems, putting them in a diverse and global operational context.
b) Cultivate leadership, communication, and professional skills in the ethical practice of mechanical engineering.

The BSME curriculum is designed to meet requirements set forth by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Each student completing the BSME degree will demonstrate mastery of the following competencies as established by ABET:

a) Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
b) Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
c) 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) Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
e) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
f) Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
g) 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) Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
j) Knowledge of contemporary issues.
k) Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.