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In the United States, accreditation is a non-governmental, peer-review process that assures the quality of the postsecondary education students receive. Educational institutions or programs volunteer to undergo this review periodically to determine if certain criteria are being met.


The University of Utah’s Mechanical Engineering program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to conduct innovative research and to provide a world-class education that instill the professional, technical, critical-thinking, and communication skills necessary for students and faculty to make impactful contributions to society.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years after the completion of their degrees, graduates of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah should be:

  • Employed in an engineering or other field in a position that utilizes the knowledge and skills developed in the Mechanical Engineering program, and/or
  • Engaged in graduate studies in mechanical engineering or other technical field, and/or
  • Enrolled in a professional degree program, such as law, medicine or business, consistent with individual interests and career goals.
  • Practicing professional responsibility in dealing with a broad range of global issues that promote the well-being of society.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that are critical in preparing graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

  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 judgments, 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 & Degrees Awarded