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Aerospace Engineering Program Accreditation and Assessment

Departmental Statements

Mission

The mission of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is to contribute to the economic development and the well-being of society through innovative technological advancements and state-of-the-art education of highly proficient engineers who are well prepared for successful professional practice and civic outreach in a global business environment.

Vision

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering will steadfastly continue to enhance its international recognition for its leading-edge research, high-quality education and far-reaching contributions to society and the engineering profession.

Learning Goals

The primary learning goal of the BSAE program is to implement state-of-the-art instructional materials, methods and technologies in order to prepare engineers who are highly proficient in their field of specialty and ready to contribute to the well-being of society through competent practice of the engineering profession, leading to economic development and innovative technological advancements.

The graduates of the BSAE program are well prepared to engage in the life-long pursuit of successful engineering careers by quickly adapting to the changing demands of the workforce in a dynamic global environment, by enhancing continuously their professional abilities or skills and by contributing effectively in multidisciplinary teams to the advancement of existing or anticipated industrial, economical and societal needs.


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The bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Assessment

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives of the BSAE program are focused on the abilities or accomplishments that our graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation and they are described below.

It is expected that, within a few years of graduating (three-five years), graduates will attain the following Program Educational Objectives:

PEO-1: Proficiency in practicing one or more areas of aerospace engineering.

It is expected that, within a few years of graduating, graduates will have consolidated professional proficiency as practitioners in at least one technical area of aerospace engineering, as reflected by the responsibilities and accomplishments of their professional practice.

PEO-2: Success in adapting to the demands of the workforce in the dynamic technological arena.

It is expected that, within a few years of graduating, graduates will have successfully adapted to the demands of the workforce in a dynamic technological arena through a professional practice that reflects high credentials or development of new technical skills and acumen for administrative functions.

PEO-3: Progress in their personal career development through professional service, continuing education and/or graduate studies.

It is expected that, within a few years of graduating, graduates will have made meaningful progress in their professional career, either by promotions to positions of higher responsibility with their employers, by participation in professional service activities or by technical self-improvement through continuing education or graduate degree programs.

PEO-4: Meaningful involvement in a team that tangibly contributes to industry and/or society through the engineering discipline.

It is expected that, within a few years of graduating, graduates will have the experience of being or having been members in a team of professionals successfully making tangible technical contributions to industry or society through an engineering discipline.

Student Outcomes

Upon graduation, all Bachelor of Science students in aerospace engineering will have:

Outcome 1 - an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;

Outcome 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;

Outcome 3 - an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;

Outcome 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;

Outcome 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;

Outcome 6 - an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;

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

Enrollment and Graduation Numbers

Enrollment and graduation numbers for the current academic year can be found at https://www.statler.wvu.edu/about/assessment.

Enrollment and graduation data for previous years can be found at https://www.statler.wvu.edu/about/assessment/archived-enrollment-and-graduation-data.