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The materials engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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Program Educational Objectives

ABET defines Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) as “broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation.”

Within the scope of the MSE mission, the objectives of the Materials Engineering Program are to produce graduates who:

A. practice materials engineering in a broad range of industries including materials production, semiconductors, medical/environmental, consumer products, and transportation products.

B. engage in advanced study in materials and related or complementary fields.

Student Outcomes

Graduates in materials engineering will have demonstrated the following at the time of graduation:

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


Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic year Fall enrollment

Annual Graduation Data

2018-2019 216 Available Spring 2019
2017-2018 273 69
2016-2017 281 55


Additional Accreditation Information (HLC)

Iowa State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.