Engineering Program Objectives & Student Outcomes

Engineering Program Objectives & Student Outcomes

Hanover College BS in Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Background: Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.

The goal of the Hanover College BS in Engineering Degree is to prepare our graduates to pursue professional practice in engineering or acquire advanced knowledge through graduate education or professional training in engineering or in another field of their choosing. The program balances a focus on engineering fundamentals with practical applications while also incorporating the breadth of subjects that characterize a liberal arts education.

The program constituencies responsible for review of the program educational objectives are (1) the engineering faculty and (2) the Hanover College Engineering Advisory Board. The program educational objectives will be reviewed every two years at a joint meeting of the engineering faculty and advisory board.

Hanover College BS in Engineering Student Outcomes

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

The student outcomes for Hanover College’s BS in Engineering are:

  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.

Hanover College Engineering Advisory Board

The primary purpose for the Engineering Advisory Board is to provide guidance and insights to our faculty on the program’s curriculum. Board members have been drawn from a combination of local technical education leaders of schools that may send students to our program, managers from industries and the US military in the region who are interested in hiring our graduates, and alumni of the college who have pursued engineering or closely related technical careers.

Table 1 – Engineering Advisory Board Members

Name Organization Title

Stephanie Berman 

Orbital ATK 

Program Manager, Retired, alumna 

David Bramer 

Dow Chemical Corp. 

Process Engineer 

Doug Brown 

Vehicle Service Group 

VP of Engineering 

LouAnn Center 

Shawe Memorial High School 

Lead Technology Teacher, alumna 

Bryan Gabriel 

Mainstream Fiber Networks 

CEO, alumnus 

Jim Graham 

True Secure SCADA 

Principal 

Jim Green 

Cisco Systems 

CTO for IoT, retired, alumnus 

Larry D Hanson 

Cummins 

Engineering Manager, retired 

Michael Harris 

Control Touch Systems 

President, retired 

Scott Hubbard 

Arvin Sango 

VP, Operations 

Roger Hyatt 

Battelle Memorial Institute 

Electronics & Avionics Research Leader, retired, alumnus 

Kyle Kempker 

Super ATV 

Engineering Manager 

James Lewis 

University of Louisville 

Associate Professor of Engineering Fundamentals 

Christian Lubrano 

IMEG Corp. 

Chief Information Officer, alumnus 

Joe Neuman 

Aisin Drivetrain 

Quality Manager, alumnus 

David Ott 

Dow Corning Corp. 

Global Manufacturing Director, retired 

Cesar Perez-Bolivar 

Grote Industries 

R&D Director 

George Tackett 

Ivy Tech – Madison 

Faculty, Advanced Automation & Robotics 

Michael Turner 

Madison Consolidated High School 

Lead Technology Teacher, retired 

Dennis Wichelns 

Stockholm Environmental Institute 

Researcher, Asia Office 

Bryan D Woosley 

U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Center, Crane 

University Liaison 

Douglas Zabonick 

Patriot Engineering & Environmental 

Indianapolis Group Manager 

 

BS in Engineering Enrollment & Graduation Data

Our program officially began in the fall of 2018. Table 2 gives the enrollment data for the BS in Engineering major as of the spring semester 2021.  Because Hanover students are not required to declare a major until the second semester of their sophomore year, the numbers are not shown for 1st year students.  Students pursuing the BA in Engineering Science are also not included in the table.  Note that most of our students complete their degrees in four years.

Table 2 – Engineering Program Enrollment History

Academic Year1st2nd3rd4th5thTotal UndergradB.S. Degrees Awarded
20-21 5540144
19-20 6562198
18-19 6720150

Accreditation Status – September 2021

The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET is responsible for accrediting engineering programs in the United States. ABET does not review a program for accreditation until it has produced at least one graduate. Our first graduates completed their BS in Engineering degrees in December 2019. Accordingly, we submitted a Readiness Review Report to ABET on Oct. 1, 2019. On December 20, 2019 we received feedback from ABET that stated “the ABET Readiness Review Committee recommends that your institution submit the 2020-21 Request for Evaluation (RFE) for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program to be reviewed by ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC).”

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ABET suspended evaluations of all new engineering programs for 2020-21 academic year.  Subsequently, we have submitted a request for evaluation in the 2021-22 academic year, and reviewers examined our program in September 2021.  We expect a final decision from ABET by August 2022.