Department of Engineering

ABET Accreditation

The greater Portland area is the economic and cultural center of Maine. Its industrial base is very different from the rest of the state. Whereas industry in the rest of the state is concentrated on natural resource-based industries such as paper mills and agriculture, the greater Portland area enjoys the presence of a substantial number of high technology firms, such as Fairchild Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Bath Iron Works, IDEXX, and Lanco Assembly Systems. All of these firms need engineers to design and develop their products. The electrical and the mechanical engineering programs at USM have been developed and approved at the urging of local industrial firms and have received contributions from them to launch the programs.

The USM Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program was approved by the University of Maine System’s Board of Trustees (BOT) in 1989. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program was approved by the BOT in the spring of 2007 and was housed in the same department that delivers the BSEE program, so that synergy between the programs could be more effectively exploited. The BSEE and the BSME programs are both accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Click here to view our Mission Statement.

Consistent with ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission guidelines, the following is a list of Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) attained by our graduates:

  1. excel as engineers in technologically-intensive environments;
  2. succeed in post-baccalaureate and graduate studies;
  3. transfer their acquired skills to a variety of contexts and endeavors; and
  4. contribute to society as broadly educated, articulate, and ethical professionals and citizens.

In order to prepare our graduates to attain our Program Educational Objectives, we deliver a modern curriculum that promotes a set of Student Learning Outcomes. Specifically, we expect our graduates to be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering fundamentals to the solution of engineering problems;
  2. design and conduct engineering experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data from these experiments;
  3. design devices, components and/or systems, to meet specific needs with realistic constraints;
  4. function effectively on teams involving students from diverse backgrounds;
  5. identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
  6. understand the professional and ethical responsibilities of a practicing engineer;
  7. communicate effectively in oral, written, graphical and visual ways;
  8. understand the role and impact of engineering solutions in the broader societal context;
  9. recognize the need for and engage in self-directed learning;
  10. gain knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues; and
  11. use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools, such as computer languages, instrumentation, engineering and business applications and electronic media, necessary for engineering practice.

The graph below depicts our enrollment numbers from 1996 to 2014:

enrollment 2014

where NGR-PR represents the group of students who are pursuing engineering but have not yet matriculated in one of our degree programs. It includes students who may transfer to another institution for the completion of an engineering degree, students who remain undecided between electrical and mechanical engineering, or students who are still working on the background necessary to be admitted into one of our degree programs.

The graph below depicts our graduation numbers from 1996 to 2015:

Please contact the Department of Engineering for more information about accreditation of our engineering programs.