ABET Accreditation

Chemical Engineering has been ABET accredited since 1936.
 
Chemical Engineering has been ABET accredited since 1936.
 
The chemical engineering program at Caltech is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET
 
ABET is responsible for assuring educational quality.  It is a voluntary, non-governmental organization that provides peer review to determine whether certain standards and criteria for engineering education are being met.  Accreditation certifies that an institution or program has met the criteria.

ABET accreditation tells students, their parents, and employers that the program has met minimum standards, and that it has been judged by professionals to provide an adequate preparation for the engineering graduate.  It also establishes standards, procedures, and an environment that will encourage the highest quality for engineering technology, and that the graduates are aware of public health and safety considerations.  Many state registration and certification boards consider ABET-accredited programs for state licensure and certification.

Program Educational Objectives:  The chemical engineering option is designed to prepare its students for either graduate study or research and development work in industry. This is accomplished by providing broad and rigorous training in the fundamentals of chemical engineering while maintaining a balance between classroom lectures and laboratory experience. The program also strives to develop in each student self-reliance, creativity, professional ethics, an appreciation of the societal impact of chemical engineering, and an understanding of the importance of continuing intellectual growth.

Student Outcomes:  The chemical engineering option follows ABET's criteria for engineering accreditation which is termed EC2000.  Under this approach, schools must demonstrate program outcomes and assessments that included the following for a well-educated engineer:

  •  An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, sciences, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  •  An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Annual student enrollment and graduation data

Academic Year

SO

JR

SR

Total

Graduated

2013-14

19

22

15

56

 

2012-13

23

13

34

70

31

2011-12

19

34

25

78

24

2010-11

33

27

17

77

15

2009-10

28

19

19

66

18