ABET Accreditation Information
ABET is the premier accreditation board for education in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. Both the naval architecture and ocean engineering programs at USNA are accredited by ABET. This means that the programs are regularly reviewed by teams of professionals who can certify that the education offered by NAOE meets or exceeds quality standards supported by the international community of experts in our fields. Students that graduate from accredited programs can be sure their education meets the standards of the profession.
As part of the accreditation process, ABET requires programs to publish student enrollment and graduation numbers, and to provide the program educational objectives and student outcomes.
Student Enrollment and Graduation
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
PEOs of the Ocean Engineering Program are to develop officers in the Naval Service who within 10 years after graduation have:
1) Completed a relevant technical qualification within their respective career path.
2) Succeeded in a broad range of in-service and post-service technical roles to include Naval Service professional schools, graduate engineering programs, and/or professional engineering licensure.
3) Demonstrated superior insight into fundamental engineering principles while fulfilling engineering and/or project management roles in the conception, design, fabrication, construction, and maintenance of engineering systems under conflicting constraints.
The Ocean Engineering Program at the Naval Academy employs the traditional ABET Criterion 3 a – k student outcomes. Those outcomes are as follows:
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 multi-disciplinary 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.