The Multidisciplinary Engineering Program's Mission, Vision, Goals and Objectives, and Outcomes


Provide a nurturing environment, tailored engineering programs, and unique interdisciplinary experiences for undergraduate students attracted to study at the interfaces of traditional disciplines and to prepare graduates to become leaders in a rapidly changing and increasingly multidisciplinary engineering profession.


The Multidisciplinary Engineering Program in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University will be recognized as the premier provider of innovative, multidisciplinary undergraduate engineering programs in the world.

Goals and Objectives

The following specific goal for the Multidisciplinary Engineering program complements the goals of the College of Engineering:

Educate engineering leaders who have: command of the engineering fundamentals including experimental, analytical, computational, and design capabilities in a unique interdisciplinary area of engineering; skill in leadership, communication, interpersonal and other professional attributes; and awareness of the scope of the profession and its global opportunities and requirements.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Within 3 to 6 years of graduating from the Multidisciplinary Engineering program, graduates are expected to believe that their Multidisciplinary Engineering education was valuable preparation for their careers, regardless of the fields.
  2. Within 3 to 6 years of graduating from the Multidisciplinary Engineering program, graduates are expected to achieve one or more of the following milestones:

    1. Advance professionally in positions that integrate engineering and other perspectives such as art, education, etc.
    2. Earn an advanced degree or an advanced certification, or become a professional engineer.
    3. Assume leadership roles in technical, community, artistic or other endeavors.
    4. Become a successful manager, consultant or entrepreneur who is developing global expertise.
    5. Written scholarly article(s), received patent(s), or have a patent pending.

Program Outcomes

The Program Outcomes for the Multidisciplinary Engineering program that will help ensure that graduates will be able to satisfy the Multidisciplinary Engineering program objectives are listed below. Graduates are expected to successfully meet the outcomes. Graduates will have:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. 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;
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility and actions that are congruent with this understanding;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively by speaking and writing;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. an understanding of how one learns and recognition of the need for lifelong learning;
  10. a knowledge of how contemporary issues affect engineering and how engineering can impact these issues;
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice; and
  12. an understanding of the principles, applications and importance of leadership.