The University of Massachusetts Amherst bachelor’s degree programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering have been re-accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. The new UMass Amherst Biomedical Engineering will seek its initial accreditation in 2022 subsequent to the first cohort of students graduating in the 2020-21 academic year.
ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.
“Maintaining our ABET accreditation reaffirms the quality and impact of a UMass Amherst engineering education,” remarked Sanjay Raman, dean of the College of Engineering. “Our programs graduate determined technical leaders and innovators who are able to identify engineering challenges and successfully develop creative and efficient solutions to real-world problems.”
Raman adds, “I wish to convey my congratulations and deepest thanks to the outstanding team of faculty and staff involved with the multi-year ABET preparation effort, and especially recognize the leadership of James Rinderle, associate dean for undergraduate affairs."
Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.
Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.
ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,144 programs at 812 colleges and universities in 32 countries.
More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org.