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ESM Program Educational Objectives

Engineering science and mechanics has a rich tradition of providing an interdisciplinary engineering education. We strive to prepare our graduates to succeed in advanced graduate or professional study, industry, and government.

In these activities, our alumni will:

  1. Apply fundamentals of engineering mechanics and related areas of applied science to define, model, and solve a wide range of engineering problems.
  2. Apply fundamental mathematical and scientific principles, as well as computational and experimental techniques, to the demands of engineering and scientific practice.
  3. Function on and lead teams that engage in new areas of research and development in engineering, particularly those that cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines.
  4. Maintain high productivity and high ethical standards.
  5. Continually enhance their knowledge throughout their careers.
  6. Communicate effectively to a broad range of audiences.

ESM Student Outcomes

These educational objectives are supported by a curriculum that seeks to have its graduates achieve the following student outcomes:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying fundamental principles of engineering, science, mechanics, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply knowledge of mechanics and 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 orally, graphically, and in writing 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 computational analysis and experimentation in mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, and dynamics; 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.
  8. An ability to recognize the importance of safety in all phases of engineering design and practice.


The B.S. program in engineering science and mechanics is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,