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A Look At The Programs In Multidisciplinary Engineering Areas For Which Asee Is Now The Lead Society For Abet Accreditation Review

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



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ABET Accreditation of Multidisciplinary Programs

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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11.62.1 - 11.62.21



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James Farison Baylor University

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Dr. Jim Farison is currently professor and chair of the ECE Department at Baylor University, and is also administratively responsible for Baylor's B.S. in Engineering program. He currently serves as chair of ASEE's Multidisciplinary Engineering Division, and is a member of the ASEE Accreditation Activities Committee. He received his B.S.E.E. from the University of Toledo and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, before returning to serve on the faculty at UT in the EE and then the Bioengineering departments, and including 10 years as dean of engineering in between, before moving to Baylor in 1998. He is a senior member of IEEE and holds PE registration in Ohio and Texas.

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Carmen Li Shen Baylor University

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Ms. Carmen C. Li Shen is currently a senior engineering student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University, Waco, TX. She is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical and Computer Engineering national honor society and of Golden Key honor society, and serves as the SWE chapter webmaster and the IEEE Student Branch historian at Baylor. Carmen was born in Ecuador and came to the United States in 2002. She is planning on graduate school after her May 2006 graduation.

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A Look at the Programs in Multidisciplinary Engineering Areas for which ASEE Is Now the Lead Society for ABET Accreditation Review


As the result of ABET Board action in spring 2005, ASEE is now the lead society for the accreditation of multidisciplinary engineering programs for accreditation visits beginning in the fall of 2006. In this context, the terminology “multidisciplinary engineering programs” is defined as the set of engineering programs with one of the following program titles (with a few slight variations): Engineering, General Engineering, Engineering Physics, or Engineering Science(s). ASEE also has lead society role for similarly selected engineering technology programs but that set is not included here. This paper presents information about 61 institutions and their 63 programs of these types.


About six years ago, conversations among some engineering educators began an initiative that has now resulted in two significant new activities in ASEE’s repertoire: a successful new ASEE division and a prominent ASEE roll in accreditation.

From a flurry of email communications early in 2001 by Dr. Joan Gosink, Colorado School of Mines, a “forum” was held at the 2001 ASEE Annual conference in Albuquerque. With the extensive promotion and leadership by Dr. Gosink, the attendance at this initial meeting was very good, with a recorded attendance of 31, representing nearly as many different institutions. Dr. Gosink moderated the discussion and Dr. Ed Jones, Iowa State University, served as secretary pro tem. At its initial leadership, the group selected a steering committee comprising Dr. Gosink (chair), Dr. Dayne Aldridge, Mercer University, and Dr. Harry Cook, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, with Dr. Jones serving temporarily as secretary. The discussion was lively, with considerable debate over the appropriate thrust and the leadership of the group. It was decided to continue to meet, with the second meeting to be organized for the 2002 ASEE Annual Conference in Montreal, QB.

The second annual meeting was described in the early email announcements as the Department Heads of Multidisciplinary Engineering Programs (DHMEP) meeting. The first substantial result of that initiative was the organization and recognition by ASEE of the group’s petition as the Multidisciplinary Engineering Constituent Committee, with Dr. Gosink as chair, Dr. Jim Farison, Baylor University, as vice chair and program chair, and Dr. Phillip Young, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, as secretary/treasurer. The group continued to meet and develop its structure and program at each succeeding ASEE Annual conference, and by the 2005 ASEE Annual Conference in Portland, the group had been recognized by ASEE as the Multidisciplinary Engineering Division.

A more detailed record of the group, its history, program and leadership is provided in papers1,2 presented at the 2004 ASEE Gulf Southwest Section Conference in Lubbock, Texas, and at the

Farison, J., & Li Shen, C. (2006, June), A Look At The Programs In Multidisciplinary Engineering Areas For Which Asee Is Now The Lead Society For Abet Accreditation Review Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--229

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