SUNY Poly Mechanical Engineering and Nanoscale Engineering Programs Receive Revered Accreditation

SUNY Poly Mechanical Engineering and Nanoscale Engineering Programs Receive Revered Accreditation

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 14:19
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SUNY Poly Mechanical Engineering and Nanoscale Engineering Programs
Receive Revered Accreditation

Esteemed ABET accreditation highlights top-quality education at SUNY Poly

ALBANY, NY, and UTICA, NY – SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) announced that two programs (Mechanical Engineering and Nanoscale Engineering) have earned accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), which ensures standards for each program it reviews nationwide.


As a result, all of SUNY Poly’s engineering and engineering technology programs are now ABET accredited. SUNY Poly is home to programs in electrical & computer engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, civil engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, and nanoscale engineering, with graduates working throughout New York State and the nation.

“This recognition speaks to the strong qualifications, both academic and professional, of our faculty, as well as their ability to provide our students with the very best quality of engineering degree programs,” said Dr. Grace Wang, Interim President of SUNY Polytechnic Institute. “This accreditation by ABET confirms that the engineering and engineering technology programs here at SUNY Poly meet only the highest of standards, and we are thrilled to have such a gold standard applied to the work of our faculty.”

The College of Engineering at SUNY Poly provides students with a combination of foundational material and hands-on practical experiences that allow them to succeed in the workplace or in ongoing academic pursuits. The students in each program are required to take courses where they can become involved with interdisciplinary projects, as well as take part in internships, extracurricular activities, independent studies, and research to build a degree which will allow them to thrive.

"Accreditation by ABET tells our students, as well as their future employers, that our engineering and engineering technology programs provide the knowledge and resources needed to be a 21st century engineer,” said Dr. Andrew Wolfe, Interim Dean of the SUNY Poly College of Engineering. “This ABET accreditation makes it easier for our students to apply for licensure as professional engineers, be accepted into graduate programs, and find employment.”

SUNY Poly’s Nanoscale Engineering program offers an academically rigorous preparation for students who are intending to pursue scientific, technical, or professional careers in nanotechnology-enabled fields or graduate studies in nanoscale engineering or nanoscale science, as well as other physical sciences or interdisciplinary sciences such as materials science, physics, biophysics, chemistry or biochemistry. As a result, graduates demonstrate the technical and professional proficiencies necessary to enable the identification, description, discovery, experimental investigation, and theoretical interpretation of nanoscale phenomenon and, as a result, become highly successful scientists, researchers, educators, and leaders in the global innovation economy of the 21st century.

“This accreditation by ABET is a testament to the dedication of the faculty who have developed and are continuously improving the Nanoscale Engineering curriculum,” said Dr. Michael Carpenter, Interim Dean of the College of Nanoscale Engineering and Technology Innovation. “ABET is the gold standard for engineering and engineering technology accreditation, so we are thrilled to have this confirmation of our program’s quality.”

Founded in 1932 as the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development, ABET is an engineering professional body dedicated to the education, accreditation, regulation, and professional development of engineering professionals and students in the United States. The non-governmental organization accredits college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor, and master degree levels. Its accreditation serves as a benchmark for students and employers who can be confident a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates who are ready to enter the global workforce.

Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, ABET’s criteria focus on what students experience and learn with a voluntary peer-review process that is respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance. More than 2,200 experts from industry, academia, and government volunteer their time and effort to serve as program evaluators, commissioners, board members, and advisors.


About SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly)

SUNY Poly is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany campus, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica/Rome campus; thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts billions of dollars in high-tech investments and hundreds of corporate partners since its inception. For information visit