The Integrative Engineering program graduated its first students in spring 2023, and is now eligible for accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of (ABET) www.abet.org. We will follow the ABET process, which begins with a Request for Evaluation notification in January 2024. In summer 2024, we will submit our self-study report to ABET, and then will be visited by ABET program evaluators in the fall. Assuming a successful completion of the process, the program graduates’ degrees (2023 on) will then be fully accredited by ABET under the general engineering criteria.

Throughout the accreditation process, Lafayette will comply with all applicable ABET policies, procedures, and criteria. Accordingly, the mission statement of the program is provided below along with the program educational objectives and program outcomes.

Program Mission Statement

The Integrative Engineering program is grounded in a systems perspective that leverages methods and concepts from across engineering disciplines within a liberal arts environment. Graduates will be inclusive and creative collaborators, flexible problem solvers, and system-thinkers, with the ability to communicate across boundaries, lead multidisciplinary teams, and adapt to the challenges of a changing world.

Program Educational Objectives*

The Integrative Engineering program will produce graduates that, within a few years after graduation will:
PEO1) Apply their background in systems thinking, modeling, and design to identify and solve complex cross-disciplinary problems with a holistic mindset; and

PEO2) Practice effective communication, inclusive teamwork, and ethical decision-making with diverse stakeholders and varied audiences; and

PEO3) Consider and appreciate the broad societal and environmental connections and implications of their work through their foundation in the liberal arts and in engineering studies; and

PEO4) Demonstrate intellectual curiosity as adaptive professionals who see connections across disciplines and can develop new skills and expertise to meet evolving societal and technical challenges.

*revised based on 05/23 meeting with the External Advisory Board

Student Outcomes

SO1) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

SO2 ) 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

SO 3) an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

SO 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

SO 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

SO 6) an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

SO 7) an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

These Student Outcomes are the ABET EAC Criterion 3 Student Outcomes