Program Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

The Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program at Columbia University has the following Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):

A. Practice mechanical engineering in a broad range of industries

B. Pursue advanced education, research and development, and other creative and innovative efforts in science, engineering, and technology, as well as other professional careers.

C. Conduct themselves in a responsible, professional, and ethical manner.

D. Participate in activities that support humanity and economic development nationally and globally, developing as leaders in their fields of expertise.

Our department periodically reviews these objectives and as part of this review process, encourages comments from all interested parties: current students, alumni, prospective students, faculty, teaching assistants, those who hire or admit our graduates to other programs, members of related professional organizations, and colleagues from other educational institutions.  Please send comments to our ABET ( coordinator Arvind Narayanaswamy at

Student Outcomes

As stated on the Mechanical Engineering department website, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program at Columbia University will attain:

(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 multidisciplinary 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

Additionally, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program at Columbia University will
also attain:

(l) An ability to apply principles of basic science and mathematics (including
multivariate calculus and differential equations)

(m)An ability to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or

(n) An ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems area

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