The University of Kentucky College of Engineering's bachelor’s degree programs in mechanical engineering and in chemical engineering at the Paducah Extended Campus have reaffirmation of accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.
ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.
David Silverstein, director of the Paducah program and professor of chemical engineering, stated “This re-affirmation of our accreditation is one key indicator of the quality of the UK engineering programs in Paducah. The primary indicator is the success our graduates have demonstrated as they work as engineers with regional employers. Our graduates tend to stay local or return home after working outside the area for a while, helping ensure that Western Kentucky has a well-educated and well-prepared workforce of engineers.”
Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision and safety are of the utmost importance.
Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.
ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,307 programs at 846 colleges and universities in 41 countries and areas.
More information about ABET, its member societies and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org.
The University of Kentucky has offered engineering programs in Paducah in cooperation with West Kentucky Community and Technical College since 1998. For more information about UK's bachelor’s degree programs in chemical engineering and in mechanical engineering, click here.