ABE Program Objectives, Outcomes and Statistics

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

ABE Program Objectives, Outcomes and Statistics

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

This accreditation includes consideration of the program's educational objectives and outcomes:

Program Educational Objectives

Objective 1

Enter the agricultural and biological engineering profession as practicing engineers and consultants with prominent companies and organizations in diverse areas that include agricultural and off-road equipment manufacturing and automation, food and fiber processing, renewable energy production, environmental conservation and water quality engineering, indoor environmental control, systems informatics and analysis, or other related fields.

Objective 2

Pursue graduate education and research at major research universities in agricultural and biological engineering, and related fields.

Objective 3

Advance in their chosen fields to supervisory and management positions.

Objective 4

Engage in continued learning through professional development.

Objective 5

Participate in and contribute to professional societies and community services.

Educational Learning Outcomes

Engineering design, teamwork, and communication are integrated throughout the curriculum, culminating in a capstone design experience. By choice of electives, students meet all the outcomes listed below and also are provided with the opportunity to specialize in career-oriented areas that include bioenvironmental engineering, ecological engineering, food and bioprocess engineering, nanoscale biological engineering, off-road equipment engineering, renewable energy systems or soil and water resource engineering. The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation.

 

The Agricultural and Biological Engineering degree program includes coursework to provide exposure, practice and evaluation to demonstrate that our students attain:

 
  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

Data collection via course evaluations, exit surveys, and post-graduation surveys has been compiled by the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Some of this data was collected using the past system of Educational Learning Outcomes a-k, as defined by ABET. In these instances, quantitative data will be mapped to Education Learning Outcomes 1-7 via the following correlation mapping system.

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

2. An ability to apply the engineering design process to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration for public health and safety, and global, cultural, social, environmental, economic, and other factors as appropriate to the discipline.

(c) 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

3. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

5. 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.   

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

5. 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.   

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

6. An ability to recognize the ongoing need to acquire new knowledge, to choose appropriate learning strategies, and to apply this knowledge.

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

6. An ability to recognize the ongoing need to acquire new knowledge, to choose appropriate learning strategies, and to apply this knowledge.

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

6. An ability to recognize the ongoing need to acquire new knowledge, to choose appropriate learning strategies, and to apply this knowledge.

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

7. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader of a team that establishes goals, plans tasks, meets deadlines, and creates a collaborative and inclusive environment.

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

 
 

Course Evaluation Data  (ICES) will be collected via the current survey form targeting evaluation of ABET Educational Learning Outcomes (ELO) 1-7. Since the current survey actually surveys legacy ELOs a-k  this will need to be mapped from a-k to 1-7. An equivalent weighting of these factors was suggest and would be implemented as follows.

  • ELO_1 = 0.5*ELO_e + 0.5*ELO_a

  • ELO_2 = ELO_c

  • ELO_3 = ELO_b

  • ELO_4 = ELO_g

  • ELO_5 = 0.5*ELO_f + 0.5*ELO_h

  • ELO_6 = 0.33*ELO_i + 0.33*ELO_j + 0.34*ELO_k

  • ELO_7 = ELO_d

 

ABE Statistics

Category 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Undergraduate enrollment 182 157 182 194 163 165 143 105
Graduate enrollment 68 76 68 70 62 51 48 53
B.S. degrees granted 36 37 43 37 24 30 11 12