Learning Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives are defined as career and professional accomplishments that are to be achieved within the first few years of graduation.

The Objectives for our Materials Engineering program are to produce graduates who, within three years of graduation, are able to: 

PEO 1: Be employed as a practicing engineer or scientist in fields such as design, research, development, testing, manufacturing, and safety

PEO 2: Engage in lifelong self-directed learning to maintain and enhance professional skills

PEO 3: Conduct themselves as ethical and responsible professionals as well as articulate the environmental, safety and economic impacts of their work on society

PEO 4: Demonstrate leadership skills in the workplace


Student Outcomes

Attributes of a SJSU Materials Engineering BS student by the time of graduation. 

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

    • Utilize the structure-properties relationship to predict the properties of a material.          
    • Select the materials and properties appropriate for a specific application.
    • Assess needs, formulate problem statement, structure and evaluate solutions in solving real-world materials engineering problems.
    • Apply thermodynamics and kinetics in the process design of materials system in order to produce desired structure and properties.

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. 

    • Select and evaluate appropriate materials and processing methods based on desired performance with iterative design analyses.
    • Select and evaluate economic impact of the materials, design, and/or processes.
    • Describe and analyze global, cultural, social, and environmental impact of the design process.

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

    • Communicate effectively through formal and informal written and oral means.

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.

    • Describe how materials engineering products and processes positively impact global and societal issues
    • Formulate and address ethical issues which arise in solving engineering problems and in the workplace.

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

    • Formulate and address ethical issues which arise in solving engineering problems and in the workplace.
    • Establish a collaborative and inclusive environment in a team.

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

    • Select appropriate materials characterization tools, utilize the tool safely, and interpret experimental results.
    • Utilize modern tools and techniques to alter, characterize, and measure materials properties and to design processes according to accepted standards.
    • Demonstrate use of materials engineering in emerging applications.
    • Design and analyze appropriate experiments to measure or optimize specific engineering properties, incorporating statistical procedures.

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

    • Recognize that materials engineering is diverse and continuously evolving and that finding solutions may involve exploring new knowledge.
    • Uncover, critically evaluate, and synthesize knowledge from multiple sources.
    • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in pertinent software.