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Undergraduate Program Mission, Objectives & Outcomes

The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org/. ABET accrediting criteria state that we must have the following in place: detailed published educational objectives that are consistent with the mission of the institution and these criteria; a process based on the needs of the program's various constituencies in which the objectives are determined and periodically evaluated; a curriculum and processes that ensure the achievement of these objectives; and a system of ongoing evaluation that demonstrates achievement of these objectives and uses the results to improve the effectiveness of the program.

To these ends, the Department adopted the following Mission and Objectives statement in 2013:

The objective of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington is to produce alumni who contribute to our society and to the economic base of our region, our nation and the world to the best of their abilities. We recognize that our students have very diverse interests and talents, and although the majority may find employment in one of the many specialties or interdisciplinary activities in industry or academe to which electrical engineers traditionally gravitate, we also expect some of our alumni to build careers in business, law, health care, government or other professions. Regardless of the intended career, our educational objective is to have them use the analytical discipline, problem-solving experience and collaborative skills of their undergraduate education in creative endeavors as professionals and to avail themselves of opportunities to learn new skills and advance their careers through continuing education.

In addition to the mission and objectives outlined above, the Department adopted a revised Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) in June 2007. The CIP outlines ways in which the Department assures the achievement of the mission and objectives as well as student outcomes outlined by ABET through a system of on-going evaluation, assessment and improvement. More information on the CIP, as well as on-going activities, can be found on our web site.

Student Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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