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ABET Accreditation and Educational Objectives

ABET Accreditation

The undergraduate program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.

The Lehigh MS&E undergraduate program has been accredited since 1936.


The undergraduate program’s mission is to provide its students an excellent education in a scholarly environment.

Program Educational Objectives

As a statement of the career and professional accomplishments that the Materials Science and Engineering program is preparing its graduates to achieve, we have adopted the following Educational Objectives, in consultation with our students, alumni/ae, Advisory Committee, and the program’s other constituencies:   

  • Graduates will have the knowledge and experience to pursue successful careers;
  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers;
  • Qualified graduates will be admitted to highly ranked advanced degree programs; and
  • Successful careers will be reflected in professional recognition, advancement in responsibility, and awards.

Student Outcomes

(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 multidisciplinary 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

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