The Department of Materials Science and Nanoengineering (MSNE) at Rice University, the newest department in the George R. Brown School of Engineering, has had its B.S. program in MSNE accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).
MSNE split from mechanical engineering in 2013, became a discrete department, and in 2015 awarded its first degrees.
“We are thrilled about the outcome. The experience of going through the self-study and ABET accreditation process gave us a lot of confidence and insights on how we could become a premier materials science educator in the country. It’s also gratifying to see materials at Rice returning to accreditation after quite a long break,” said Peter Loos, a professor in the practice of MSNE who served as the program’s ABET faculty lead.
ABET assigns teams of visitors who review departmental materials and processes, and engage with faculty, staff, students and others to determine the extent to which programs comply with established criteria. “It’s about ensuring a quality education that meets global standards,” said Yvette E. Pearson, associate dean for accreditation, assessment and strategic initiatives.
The B.S. programs in bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering at Rice are also accredited by the EAC of ABET: http://www.abet.org