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We are ABET Accredited!

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE) degree program at the University of Maryland is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

ABET ACCREDITATION [pdf]

What is Aerospace Engineering?

aero studentsAerospace engineering is concerned with the design, construction, and science of aircraft and spacecraft. It is divided into two major and overlapping branches: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. The former deals with craft that stay within Earth's atmosphere, and the latter with craft that operate outside it.

Aerospace engineers design, develop, and test aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles, and supervise their manufacture. Those who work with aircraft are called aeronautical engineers, and those working specifically with spacecraft are called astronautical engineers. Aerospace engineers develop new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration, often specializing in areas such as structures, propulsion systems, vehicle movement and control, communications, and overall vehicle design.

Educational Objectives

  1. Our graduates will be successful in their professional careers, including industry, government service, and academia, in the State of Maryland and beyond.
  2. Our graduates will contribute to the creation of useful new products, or the generation of original research, by analyzing and implementing solutions to relevant problems in the component disciplines of Aerospace Engineering.
  3. Our graduates will contribute effectively when part of an integrated team, clearly communicating with team members, supervisors, and clients.
  4. Our graduates will understand the societal context in which their profession is practiced, and will successfully adapt to future developments in both technology and the employment market.

Student Outcomes

As a result of completing our undergraduate program, our students should have developed the following skills:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics
  2. Ability to apply knowledge of basic science (chemistry, physics)
  3. Ability to apply knowledge of engineering principles
  4. Ability to use computers to solve engineering problems
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. Ability to design and conduct experiments
  7. Ability to analyze and interpret data
  8. Ability to design a component, system, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  9. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and tools of modern engineering practice
  10. Ability to write effectively
  11. Ability to speak effectively
  12. Ability to function effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  13. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  14. Knowledge of contemporary issues in engineering
  15. Understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  16. Awareness of the need to continually upgrade my technical knowledge base and skills

As shown below, these 16 student outcomes can be mapped to the 11 ABET outcomes:

a.        Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b.       Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data

c.        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.        Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

e.        Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f.        Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g.       Ability to communicate effectively

h.       The broad education needed to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i.         Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.

j.         Knowledge of contemporary issues

k.       Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

 

ABET Outcome

Aerospace Outcome

a

1,2,3

b

6,7

c

8

d

12

e

5

f

13

g

10,11

h

15

i

16

j

14

k

4,9

The following methods are used to assess attainment of the Student Outcomes:

  • Alumni surveys of outcome ability relative to postgraduate need (yearly)
  • Employer surveys of outcome ability relative to required skills (yearly)
  • Student evaluation of  learning outcomes in each class (each semester)
  • Senior exit surveys by Aerospace department (yearly)
  • Direct assessment of outcomes through coursework (each semester)
  • “Town hall” student interviews by department (yearly for each cohort)
  • Comprehensive transcript database analysis (every 3-4 years)
  • Individual transcript analysis (each semester)

 

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree program at the University of Maryland is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABETwww.abet.org