Purdue University Mission Statement

School of Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The Program Education Objectives of the School of Mechanical Engineering are to matriculate graduates who conduct themselves in a responsible, professional and ethical manner (citizenship), and who upon the years following graduation, are committed to:

1. Discovery – (Professional Practice)

  • actively embracing impactful leadership roles in the practice of engineering in industry and government organizations (including both traditional and emerging technical areas) as well as public service organizations (NGOs),
  • conducting research and development (via graduate study or industry) resulting in tangible applications that advance technology and foster innovation, in order to compete successfully in the global economy,
  • applying their engineering problem solving skills to less-traditional career paths (e.g., patent law, medicine, business, start-up ventures, engineering education, public policy, public service, etc.).

2. Learning – (Professional Development)

  • actively participating in on-going professional development opportunities (e.g., informal interactions and partnerships with colleagues, formal conferences, workshops, short courses, graduate education, etc.),
  • updating and adapting their core knowledge and abilities to ethically compete in the ever changing multicultural global enterprise,
  • developing new knowledge and skills to pursue new career opportunities across industries, disciplines and sectors (public, private, non-profit, government).

3. Engagement – (Professional Outreach)

  • serving as ambassadors for the engineering profession, inspiring others to develop a passion for engineering, and fostering an inclusive environment,
  • exchanging and applying knowledge to create new opportunities that advance our society and proactively address or solve a variety of technical and societal problems,
  • advancing entrepreneurial ventures and fostering activities that support sustainable economic development to enhance the quality of life of people in the State, across the country, and around the world.

School of Mechanical Engineering Student Outcomes

Graduates of the School of Mechanical Engineering will have demonstrated

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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