LTU engineering programs win ABET accreditation

SOUTHFIELD—Nine engineering and engineering technology programs at Lawrence Technological University have received accreditation by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology Inc. (ABET), the leading accreditation body for higher education engineering programs.

Included is a first-ever accreditation for LTU’s industrial engineering program, which was accredited retroactively to 2020.

Re-accredited for a six-year period ending in 2028 were LTU’s programs in computer engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, architectural engineering (an integrated bachelor’s-master’s program), mechanical engineering, robotics engineering, biomedical engineering, and mechanical and manufacturing engineering technology.

Nabil Grace, dean of the LTU College of Engineering, said ABET accreditation is a rigorous, comprehensive review of LTU’s curriculum, faculty expertise, laboratory quality, institutional support, student outcomes, and LTU’s dedication to continuous improvement. The CoE team met every two weeks for three years to produce accreditation materials, and an ABET team visited LTU for three days in October 2022 to review those materials, inspect LTU’s engineering laboratories, and interview students and faculty.

“This achievement is not just a credit to our associate deans and department chairs,” Grace said. “It was a collective effort by all our faculty and staff.”

Grace also credited LTU President Tarek M. Sobh, who served as an engineering dean for 20 years, for his detailed review of the accreditation materials.

Accreditation means LTU’s engineering program meet ABET’s eight criteria of high quality in engineering programs: admitting qualified students, program educational objectives, student outcomes, continuous improvement, curriculum, faculty, facilities, and institutional support. For more detail, visit this link. The process also involves meetings with staff in LTU’s registrar’s office, advising office, business office, and library.

“We must demonstrate that we not only teach to those criteria, but that students achieve those outcomes,” Grace said. “This means that we are graduating well-rounded engineers.”

Added Liping Liu, associate dean for graduate studies and research: “ABET accreditation is a thorough and comprehensive process. The ABET team visited classrooms and talked to students, not just faculty.” She also highlighted the significance of accreditation as “third-party validation, confirming the delivery of a high-quality education.”

And Selin Arslan, associate dean for undergraduate education, said: “ABET accreditation certifies that a program meets or exceeds the standards set by the profession and industry. This ensures that our graduates are well-prepared for their careers. This is a tremendous accomplishment not only for the College of Engineering faculty, chairs, and deans, but also for all our students.”

ABET, founded in 1932, is a federation of 35 professional and technical member societies representing the fields of engineering, computing, applied science, and other fields.

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932 and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences, as well as Specs@LTU as part of its growing Center for Professional Development. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report list it in the top tier of the best Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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