The Mechanical Engineering Program at Lafayette College is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( The mission statement of the program is provided below in addition to the established program educational objectives and program 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.

Program Outcomes

Students will have:

  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 multi-disciplinary 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 the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. familiarity with statistics and linear algebra
  13. an ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes
  14. an ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas

Relevant enrollment and graduation data for Mechanical Engineering are available.