Like any new engineering degree program, the recently launched integrative engineering program is not eligible for accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of (ABET) until it has its first cohort of graduates, expected in spring 2023. The following year Lafayette will submit a self-study to ABET, and then be visited by ABET program evaluators. Assuming a successful completion of this process, Lafayette graduates’ degrees will then be fully accredited by ABET under the general engineering criteria.

In preparing for 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 Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program provides an integrative engineering curriculum grounded in a systems perspective. Complex systems are analyzed and modeled using an approach highlighting the commonalities between systems across various fields of study. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop systems thinking and to study in emerging and interdisciplinary fields of engineering. Graduates will be distinguished by their broad understanding of design and systems thinking and by their ability to communicate across engineering disciplines and related fields of science.

Program Educational Objectives

PEO 1) Graduates will be able to apply systems modeling and analysis along with engineering design to address societal, technical, and entrepreneurial challenges.

PEO 2) Graduates will have excellent written, graphical, and oral communication skills that will enable them to articulate technical and non-technical information to varied audiences.

PEO 3) Graduates will be effective collaborators and will be able to contribute to and lead a multidisciplinary team.

PEO 4) Graduates will appreciate diverse perspectives, backgrounds and approaches.

PEO 5) Graduates will pursue lifelong learning as adaptive individuals who continually develop new skills and areas of expertise; and have the ability to engage in graduate study or other professional education.

PEO 6) Graduates will conduct themselves professionally and ethically, and will be recognized for their integrity and high professional standards.

Student Outcomes

Students will have:

SO 1) 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.