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Biomedical Engineering Lab

Excellence in Engineering

Senior Shania Shaji chose to study at Widener’s School of Engineering because of its commitment to excellence.

“The engineering program here does a lot to challenge the students,” said Shaji, a biomedical engineering major. “We take what we learn in the classroom and apply it to the real-world.”

This fall, Widener continued its long tradition of high standards in engineering education with the accreditation of key undergraduate degree programs by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).

Bachelor degree programs in biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering were all approved by ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

This also marks the first time Widener’s biomedical engineering program has been approved for accreditation. The program is one of the first in the area to gain this distinction.

“Widener engineering has a proud 154-year history of preparing thousands of engineering students for successful careers in business, academia, and government,” said Dr. Fred Akl, dean of the School of Engineering.

“With the new biomedical engineering program now joining the previously ABET-accredited chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering programs, Widener offers students a wider range of exciting options.”

ABET’s accreditation helps to reinforce the strong values of Widener’s engineering program, which focuses not only on rigorous academics, but also strong career-focused learning opportunities.

Undergraduate engineering students are regularly placed in highly paid co-op positions while still graduating on time. Employers know that our accredited undergraduate programs prepare students to enter the workforce ready to make an impact on day one.

Shaji added smaller class sizes allow for faculty to focus on individual students and their goals.

According to ABET’s website, graduates from an 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.”

ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is also highly respected worldwide due to the organization’s focus on what students experience and learn. The accreditation review process includes a look at program curricula, faculty, facilities and institutional support.

“I congratulate our outstanding faculty and staff for their achievement in continuing to meet the highest standards in engineering education,” remarked Akl.