June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
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Assessment and Accreditation of a Nanosystems Engineering DegreeThe ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Nanosystems Engineering (NSE) degreeprogram at Louisiana Tech University was established in 2005 and is a highlymultidisciplinary degree that was developed to prepare engineers to work in the rapidlydeveloping field of nanoengineering. To date, the program has produced approximately40 graduates that have pursued careers in industry and post-graduate studies. Theprogram curriculum was developed and is managed through the collaborative efforts offaculty from several engineering disciplines including biomedical, chemical, electrical,mechanical as well as chemistry and physics. The curriculum has five engineering tracksin the fields of biomedical, chemical, electrical, mechanical, and microsystemsengineering. This paper will discuss the details of the NSE degree curriculum,educational objectives and outcomes, and the management and development of itsmultidisciplinary courses including the senior design project courses student mustcomplete. Program assessment will also be addressed to show how the program ismeasuring and satisfying ABET criteria such as student outcomes (a-k) and attainment ofeducational objectives through a variety of assessment techniques including alumnisurveys, peer-faculty and external review of student projects, an engineeringfundamentals exam, and other assessment techniques. This paper should provide usefulinformation for similar nanoengineering degree programs aiming to seek ABETaccreditation.
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