The Human-Centered Engineering program is being designed to meet the standards of ABET, the main body for accreditation of engineering programs in the United States. 

An engineering program cannot apply for ABET accreditation until after it has graduated its first class. With that in mind, we expect to apply for ABET accreditation in the year following the graduation of the Class of 2025. ABET accreditation will be applied retroactively to the previous years’ classes.

Program Educational Objectives

The Human-Centered Engineering program at Boston College aims to support our graduates' ability to:

  1. Apply, develop, and acquire appropriate engineering knowledge, skills, and techniques to conceptualize, analyze, and design solutions in service of society and the environment.

  2. Be discerning about the role of engineering in society and critically reflect on their contributions to society professionally and personally.

  3. Communicate effectively and responsibly with a variety of stakeholders and audiences using relevant methods.

  4. Work as engaged collaborators, team members, and leaders across disciplines in a manner that is ethical, respectful, and inclusive.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  These student outcomes relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that Human-Centered Engineering students acquire as they progress through the program.

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.