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Oregon Tech electrical engineering program gets needed accreditation

Industry group ABET accredits a reconfigured degree program


The electrical engineering program at the Oregon Institute of Technology received accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. Accreditation is a peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations.

ABET is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. ABET accredits more than 3,100 programs at more than 670 colleges and universities in 24 countries.

One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education. Programs set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve their programs based on the results of their assessment.

“This accreditation means that now all of our engineering programs are accredited by the EAC of ABET,” said Dr. Charlie Jones, Oregon Tech’s dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Management. “It reinforces our commitment to educating and preparing students to demonstrate practical application and hands-on knowledge.”

Electrical engineering at Oregon Tech now joins civil engineering, computer engineering technology, electronics engineering technology, geomatics, manufacturing engineering technology, mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, renewable energy engineering and software engineering technology as accredited degree programs.

According to Dr. Christina Crespo, who chairs the Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Department at Oregon Tech’s Wilsonville campus, the department worked with an industry advisory board to redesign the electrical engineering program to better meet the needs of today’s employers. This applied especially, she said, to the fields of energy and optoelectronics.

“The program provides high-quality career-ready graduates with a strong foundation in classical electrical engineering,” Crespo said, “as well as unique areas of specialization, such as power engineering, renewable energy engineering, microelectronics and optoelectronics.”

Visit oit.edu for more information. The criteria used to accredit programs can be found at abet.org.




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