The Mechanical Engineering program at Lafayette College is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

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The mission statement of the program is provided below in addition to the established program educational objectives and student outcomes.

Department mission statement

The Mechanical Engineering Department strives to offer the highest quality engineering education to prepare graduates for effective and creative practice as professional engineers, advanced study at the graduate level, and lifelong learning.

Program Educational Objectives

revised Nov., 2014

PEO 1) Graduates will apply their foundation in engineering methods, analyses, and values to lead efforts to address societal, technical, and business challenges.

PEO 2) Graduates will seek opportunities to mentor others, and will embrace leadership roles in their careers.

PEO 3) Graduates will apply their technical and communication skills to become effective collaborators and innovators, leading and contributing to successful, multidisciplinary teams.

PEO 4) Graduates will pursue lifelong learning as agile and adaptive professionals who continuously develop new skills and areas of expertise; and by engaging in graduate study or other professional education.

PEO 5) Graduates will conduct themselves professionally and ethically, and will be recognized for their integrity and high professional standards.

Student Outcomes

Students will have:

  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.