Accreditation is a peer-review process that promotes the quality of postsecondary educational programs, but is not a ranking system. ABET, Inc., is responsible for the accreditation of programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET accreditation is assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. For example, an ABET accredited program in chemical engineering must meet the specialized quality standards set by the chemical engineering profession.
ABET Accreditation is important because it:
- helps students and their parents choose quality college programs.
- enables employers to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared.
- is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.
- gives colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve the quality of their programs.
Our Mission Statement, Program Educational Objectives (PEOs), and Student Outcomes provide guiding principles which are important for our Department’s accreditation. The Mission Statement summarizes our aims and values, Student Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do at the time of graduation, and Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments the program is preparing our graduates to attain.
The Chemical Engineering program at NC State has been continuously accredited by ABET, Inc. and its predecessors since 1948.
The Departmental mission is to be a national leader in chemical engineering and biomolecular research and to achieve excellence in teaching. Our graduates are our product, who then pursue careers in industry, enter the University teaching and research arena, or utilize their intellectual skills in an increasingly diverse set of other contributions to the global society.
The chemical engineering profession begins with a common background in transport phenomena, chemical kinetics and reactor design, mass and energy balances, mathematical skills, thermodynamics, process equipment laboratory skills, process control, and design of manufacturing facilities. These skills lead students to major contributions in traditional industries such as petroleum and energy, chemicals, plastics and fibers, food and consumer products, pulp and paper, electronics, and pharmaceutical industries, but increasingly into finance, medicine, and management fields. The broadening of industrial and governmental organizations with interest in our graduates provides security for our students in an increasingly challenging and competitive economic environment. However, the strength of our profession continues to rely on the core knowledge base we impart to them and our ability to instill skills to creatively and effectively utilize that knowledge base.
Program Educational Objectives
Given the foundation of knowledge, skills and experiences and the discipline of hard work and critical thinking provided by our curriculum, our graduates are expected to achieve one or more of the following within five years of graduation from our program:
- Excel in engineering practices and/or entrepreneurship in various industries, including petrochemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical, fine chemical, environmental, semi-conductor, pulp and paper, advanced materials, and health care industries.
- Advance professionally in positions of increasing leadership responsibilities in their chosen career fields.
- Earn an advanced degree or certification leading to a career in academia, law, medicine, or research and development.
- Exhibit professionalism, a habit of continual learning, interest in contemporary issues of importance to society, appreciation of the impact of engineering development in society, and ethical responsibility-particularly in the context of environmental protection, process/product safety, financial accountability, and community well-being.
By graduation, our students are able to:
- mass and energy balance principles
- transport phenomena
- kinetics and reactor design
- control of processes
- engineering design of unit processes that can be used in manufacturing facilities with a passing course grade or better in each of core CHE courses
- Utilize a full range of chemical engineering techniques:
- to design at least one manufacturing facility, or
- perform a comprehensive analysis for a scenario with significant application of chemical engineering principles within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- Demonstrate experimental skills to test science and engineering principles learned in the classroom, including the design of experiments
- Demonstrate broader professional skills needed for professional success, including:
- ethics and professional responsibilities
- oral communications
- activities in team structures
- understanding of the impact of engineering solution in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
- Write clear professional documents, including technical reports, summaries and/or research papers
- Demonstrate a broader knowledge in a leading-edge or emerging field or in another discipline beside chemical engineering through completion of either:
- a dual degree, a minor or a program option, or
- one honors or graduate-level class in Chemical Engineering or another technical discipline