Graduate Accreditation

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Graduate Accreditation

Constituents

The constituencies of the graduate programs work together to determine the educational objectives of the degrees. Constituencies include:

  • Our students
  • Our faculty
  • Our alumni
  • Mechanical and materials engineering professionals and industry members

The constituencies of the graduate programs are part of the following formal committees or groups that evaluate and review the Department’s educational objectives:

  • The MME Advisory Board, a group of local professionals, employers, and alumni representatives that assume the role of the graduate program review committee
  • The MME Faculty members

In addition, the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Advisory Board is also involved in program review.

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Educational Objectives

The below Program Educational Objectives were established May 2019 to allow attainment of the objectives to be measured quantitatively. These objectives describe the goals we expect our students to attain within three years of graduating with an MSME, MSMSE or PhD degree.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

The MSME program combines advanced coursework with research to blend basic mechanical engineering with fundamental engineering principles and practice in order to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives:

  • Graduates succeed as practicing mechanical engineers in government, industry, academia, and other economic sectors; or are employed in related fields that benefit from a mechanical engineering education.
  • Graduates advance in their profession and engage in the professional community.

Master of Science in Materials Science Engineering (MSMSE)

The MSMSE program combines advanced coursework with research to blend basic materials science with fundamental engineering principles and practice in order to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives:

  • Graduates succeed as practicing material science engineers in government, industry, academia, and other economic sectors; or are employed in related fields that benefit from a material science and engineering education.
  • Graduates advance in their profession and engage in the professional community.

Doctorate (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering

The ME PhD program aims to educate technical experts and researchers in order to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives:

  • Graduates succeed in key leadership roles in industry, research, and education; or are employed in related fields that benefit from a mechanical engineering education.
  • Graduates advance in their profession and engage in the professional community.

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Program Outcomes

The below Program Outcomes were established May 2019. By designing the graduate curriculum with specific learning outcomes, students will graduate with skills and abilities that will enhance their post-PSU endeavors.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

  • Advanced Knowledge: Graduate students will have and be able to apply advanced knowledge in specialized areas defined by the core requirements outlined on https://www.pdx.edu/mechanical-materials-engineering/masters-programs#msme.
  • Methods: Graduate students will have an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Communication: Graduate students will have an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formats, such as oral, text, and digital.
  • Professionalism: Graduates participate in post-graduate educational opportunities.

Master of Science in Materials Science Engineering

  • Advanced Knowledge: Graduate students will have and be able to apply advanced knowledge in specialized areas defined by the core requirements outlined on https://www.pdx.edu/mechanical-materials-engineering/masters-programs#msmse.
  • Methods: Graduate students will have an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Communication: Graduate students will have an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formats, such as oral, text, and digital.
  • Professionalism: Graduates participate in post-graduate educational opportunities.

Doctorate (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering

  • Advanced Knowledge: Graduate students will have and be able to apply advanced knowledge in specialized areas defined by the core requirements outlined on https://www.pdx.edu/mechanical-materials-engineering/phd-program#phd.
  • Methods: Graduate students will have an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Research: Graduate students will have an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions that result in an original contribution to knowledge.
  • Communication: Graduate students will have an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formats, such as oral, text, and digital.
  • Professionalism: Graduates participate in post-graduate educational opportunities.

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Program Assessment

Assessment for all graduate programs happens at two levels: for individual courses, and for the curriculum as a whole.  Assessment is a continuous process of information gathering, analysis, and implementation of improvements.

The core of the program assessment process is seeking the answer to the question, "Is the current structure of the curriculum a good way to meet the program outcomes?" Any deficiencies in the curriculum prompt us to change the learning outcomes of individual courses. In some cases, required courses may be redesigned or even eliminated in favor of other courses.

The evolution of the curriculum is gradual. New technologies encourage us to re-evaluate our teaching strategies or learning outcomes, but the laws of physics do not change. Assessment provides a self-correction mechanism that enables us to change the curriculum based on evidence of learning outcomes.

Program assessments occur with the help of our Advisory Board, our alumni, our current students, and representatives from companies in and near Portland that hire students who graduate from our graduate programs. We use a formal assessment process that includes surveys and an annual program review meeting.

The annual program review meeting occurs every spring. At that meeting, the MME Faculty, along with representatives from current students, alumni, and local industry participate in an open discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the graduate programs. We review progress in achieving the immediate goals set in the previous year's annual review meeting, we examine feedback from several sources, evaluate suggestions for curriculum improvement, and set goals for achieving improvements during the upcoming year.

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NWCCU

Our graduate programs are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), 8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 200, Redmond, WA 98052; telephone (425) 558-4224. NWCCU the authority on the educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the Northwest region of the United States, including the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, as well as British Columbia, Canada.

More information on NWCCU accreditation can be found at www.nwccu.org/.

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