Program Accreditation

Since 1962, the Department of Engineering has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

The philosophy of the engineering program at Harvey Mudd College is based on the recognition that there is a professional component that is best addressed through practice gained by working on real problems. The program is built on the following core values:

  • Systems
  • Design
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs)
  • Professional Practice

Systems provides students with the “language skills” needed for interdisciplinary work. Design, considered to be the essence of engineering work, is a thread found throughout the engineering program that begins with a first year offering and culminates with a student’s Clinic experience. Experiential Learning Opportunities, once limited to a second year experimental engineering course and to Clinic – our main forum for experiential learning and professional practice – can now be found integrated throughout our program whenever theory and practice can be integrated to enhance student learning. Professional Practice is at the heart of the engineering program, and is reinforced by a faculty focused on professional development inside and outside the classroom.

The Department of Engineering adopted the following Program Education Objectives (PEOs) that are reviewed by our constituencies on a regular basis. Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objects are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.

  • Produce graduates who are exceptionally competent engineers whose work is notable for its breadth and its technical excellence;
  • Provide a “hands-on” approach to engineering so that graduates develop an understanding of engineering judgment and practice
  • Prepare and motivate students for lifetime of independent, reflective learning
  • Produce graduates who are fully aware of the impact of their work on society, both nationally and globally
  • Offer a curriculum that is current, exciting and challenging for both students and faculty, but can be completed in four years by any motivated student who is admitted to HMC

Achievement of PEOs is based on student outcomes (SOs) that are adopted from ABET Criterion 3. SOs describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. These are:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An 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
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Our student enrollment and graduation data is available on the institutional statistics pages.