Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Assessment

The Mechanical Engineering BS Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Mechanical Engineering and Similarly Named Programs.

Program Educational Objectives

Expanding upon the mission statement, the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department lists two specific undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives. These objectives are fully consistent with Utah State University's mission as a land-grant institution.

  1. Graduates will succeed in entry-level engineering positions with mechanical or aerospace firms in regional, national, or international industries, as well as with government agencies.
  2. Graduates will succeed in the pursuit of advanced degrees in engineering or other fields where a solid foundation in mathematics, science, technology, and engineering fundamentals is required.

Student Outcomes

Program outcomes are statements that describe what units of knowledge or skill students are expected to acquire from the program to prepare them to achieve the program educational objectives. These are typically demonstrated by the student and measured by the program at the time of graduation and are given as follows:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  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
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Degrees Awarded

Graduation Period Fall-Summer Bachelors Masters Doctorates
2021-2022 128 27 8
2020-2021 149 21 4
2019-2020 141 26 4
2018-2019 143 33 3
2017-2018 134 31 7
2016-2017 127 30 3
2015-2016 122 28 5
2014-2015 102 19 4

Fall Enrollment

Academic Year Undergraduate Graduate
Fall 2022 782 80
Fall 2021 809 82
Fall 2020 795 71
Fall 2019 715 75
Fall 2018 804 75
Fall 2017 744 84
Fall 2016 756 92
Fall 2015 808 83

Mission Statement

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering provides each graduate with a foundation of knowledge and experience upon which to build successful careers in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or other fields where a strong engineering background is required or desirable. Undergraduate programs emphasize mechanical engineering fundamentals and computer-based problem solving while teaching students to learn, synthesize, and communicate engineering information. Graduate programs emphasize research by the faculty with a high level of student involvement providing enhanced preparation for engineering practice, research, and education. Students, faculty, and staff are committed to excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement in an environment that fosters diversity and mutual respect.