The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


Program Educational Objectives

  • Graduates will have utilized a foundation in engineering and science to improve lives and livelihoods through a successful career in mechanical engineering or other fields.
  • Graduates will have become effective collaborators and innovators, leading or participating in efforts to address social, technical and business challenges.
  • Graduates will have engaged in life-long learning and professional development through self-study, continuing education or graduate and professional studies in engineering, business, law or medicine.

Student Outcomes

The ME Program currently has the following student outcomes describing what ME majors are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(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
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Continuous Improvement of Learning

The mechanical engineering department has an on-going focus on outcomes in terms of student learning. We continuously review program educational objectives to be consistent with our mission and assess the student outcomes as part of continuous improvement.

These efforts are coordinated by the Continuous Improvement of Learning Committee (CILC).  The members of this committee have areas of responsibility within the curriculum and chair faculty subcommittees called Curriculum Development Committees that review the data and look at what changes might be suggested.  Data are discussed at general faculty meetings and retreats specifically to improve student learning.

In addition, the department uses a variety of assessments from constituent groups.

  • Student course surveys every semester
  • Course outcomes assessments that are reported to the State of Iowa annually
  • Results of the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE) – a nationally administered examination
  • Feedback from the Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Council (MEIAC) annually
  • Alumni surveys administered by the College of Engineering
  • Annual evaluations by supervisors of students doing cooperative education or internships in industry


Map to Curriculum


Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic year Fall enrollment

Annual Graduation Data

2020-2021 1851 451
2019-2020 2000 429
2018-2019 2151 474
2017-2018 2211 431
2016-2017 2185 417



Additional Accreditation Info

Iowa State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.