Starting this year, Southern New Hampshire Universitiy’s College of Engineering Technology and Aeronautics (CETA) programs, Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Aeronautical Engineering (AE) have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).

According to Dr. Yan Xiang, the Dean of CETA, this accreditation from ABET is “a huge success for SNHU and CETA as a new engineering institute.” This is significant to SNHU’s CETA programs because “ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates.” According to Alexandru Manus, the Assistant Vice President of Academic Quality and Accreditation, “the ABET accreditation evaluation is an 18-month, 5-step process. The next comprehensive review is scheduled for the academic year 2023-2024.”

Originally, the Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering programs at Daniel Webster College (DWC) were accredited by ABET before SNHU took over DWC. According to Xiang, “This is a new accreditation and a big milestone for CETA as a new engineering institute.” This new accreditation is also great for SNHU because “it is very meaningful on CETA engineering program academic quality, the successful transition from DWC and huge support [of the] programs, faculty development and facility support from [the] University.”

According to Xiang, the ABET accreditation  “…is crucial for CETA engineering programs growth.” Xiang also said that the accreditation is great news for students in the CETA programs because “Graduates from an ABET-accredited program have a solid educational foundation and are capable of leading the way in innovation, emerging technologies and in anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.”

Derek Smith
Derek Smith is a first year Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in biology. He is a staff writer for the Penmen Abroad section.

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