From the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
MURRAY, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2016) — Murray State University’s flagship engineering degree program in engineering physics, administered by the Institute of Engineering through the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology, has received full reaccreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).
The engineering physics program is a rigorous four-year engineering degree that offers tracks of study in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and advanced physics. It is particularly strong in preparing students to work in cutting-edge technologies where traditional science and engineering disciplines overlap. The program has been continuously accredited since 1996 and is one of fewer than 25 such programs in the nation to be ABET-accredited.
As part of the accreditation process, the engineering physics program was praised for its ability to be responsive to the changing global engineering environment, and its faculty members were recognized for their effective teaching and availability to students.
“This accreditation is a significant point of pride and affirms that our program meets the quality standards that produce graduates who are prepared to not only enter but also succeed in the global workforce,” said Steve Cobb, dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “It is particularly beneficial for future engineers in Kentucky to graduate from an EAC/ABET accredited program, as this accreditation of a student’s engineering degree program is required in order for the graduate to pursue professional engineering licensure.”
A new, 85,000-square-foot engineering and physics building to house the program is now under construction on Murray State’s Gene Wells Ray Science Complex. Scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017, the facility will contain state-of-the-art classroom and instructional spaces, a high bay area for engineering projects, multiple student design labs and faculty office and research suites.