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The mechanical engineering partnership program between CMU and the University of Colorado Boulder was successfully accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). The partnership program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from CU-Boulder by taking classes delivered at CMU.


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Mechanical engineering program receives accreditation

The mechanical engineering partnership program between CMU and the University of Colorado Boulder was successfully accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). The partnership program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from CU-Boulder by taking classes delivered at CMU. The program offers the first baccalaureate engineering degree on the Western Slope.

Launched in 2008, the program awarded degrees to its first graduates in May 2012. ABET requires graduates from a program before it can apply for accreditation. The awarding of ABET accreditation now is retroactive to include the degrees granted to the 2012 and 2013 graduating classes.

Twenty-two students have graduated from the partnership program in the last two years, and most of them found positions in the engineering field immediately upon graduation, according to Program Director Timothy Brower. Many of the program’s graduates are working with energy companies on the Western Slope. Another 30 students are currently enrolled in the program as juniors or seniors and are in position to graduate in the next two years.

“We started the partnership five years ago with the support of President Tim Foster of CMU and then-President Hank Brown of CU, and we are delighted that it has achieved great success in not only graduating outstanding students but also now receiving full accreditation at its first opportunity,” said Robert Davis, dean of CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.

“We are pleased that the program has the seal of approval from ABET and are even happier that our students have access to a mechanical engineering degree without leaving the Western Slope, thanks to the partnership we have with CU,” said Foster.

The innovative partnership allows western Colorado students access to a world-class education they may not otherwise have been able to receive by offering the entire four-year engineering degree program in Grand Junction. Students enrolled in the program receive CMU instruction and classes their first two years, followed by CU-Boulder coursework taught by CU faculty for their final two years. •

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