Wilkes University is committed to excellence in all programs and actively participates in all accreditation processes. Wilkes’ Mechanical Engineering program remains accredited by ABET.
The 2015-16 general review by ABET resulted in a finding of “show cause” for Wilkes’ Mechanical Engineering (ME) program. This finding means the program has one or more deficiencies that require a progress report. The sole deficiency in the ME program was curricular in nature. Specifically, the curriculum was found to be weighted too heavily in engineering and the technical sciences. This imbalance has been corrected with the approval of a revised curriculum by the full Wilkes faculty on Oct. 6, 2016. The mathematics and basic science component are in alignment with ABET criteria. As part of our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and accreditation, a report will be submitted to ABET by July 1, 2017, to support continued accreditation.
In addition, Wilkes has planned investments of $95,000 in equipment and facilities to enhance the student laboratory experience. An investment of $32,000 has been completed for the Heat Transfer laboratory. Also, $63,000 of new equipment is being purchased this fiscal year in support of the Fluids Laboratory.
The administration and the faculty consider accreditation of the engineering programs to be essential in the growth of the University. Wilkes maintains its decades-long tradition of excellence in engineering.
Questions regarding the status of Wilkes University’s ABET accreditation should be
Dr. Henry Castejon
Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Dr. William Hudson
Dean, College of Science and Engineering.