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Engineering department celebrates ABET accreditation

September 16, 2019 Tags: Distinctions , STEAM

On September 10th, engineering students, faculty and the campus community came together to celebrate two highly successful accreditation reviews for the engineering department. 

ABET Cake celebrationThe Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology, gave official notice of the accreditation of Saint Francis University’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program, as well as the re-accreditation of the University’s Environmental Engineering program.

Dr. John Harris, Chair of the Engineering programs shared the following sentiment. “This is a tremendous milestone for our Engineering programs. We’ve created excellent programs with pulse setting, environmentally conscious curriculums and comprehensive laboratory facilities. Our faculty are engaged in research and industry partnerships, but see themselves first as teachers, focused on student achievement and success. Our graduates are ready to engage as engineers focused on the safety and welfare of the public.”

Abet logoABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

Dr. Peter Skoner, Interim Dean of STEAM, credits the Engineering faculty for the quality of the academic program resulting in the successful student outcomes in the Engineering programs. “In fitting the mission of the University, the program features a unique emphasis on communication skills, field work, undergraduate research, environmental stewardship, ethical responsibility, leveraging technology, and community service,” says Dr. Skoner.  

University President Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D. states, “ABET accreditation signals that our program is of high quality and meets the stringent tests of ABET with the resources and curriculum that will produce the next generation of Engineers. Our graduates continue to make a positive impact and bring us pride as we see their many achievements.”

To learn more about the various Engineering programs available at Saint Francis University, visit


School of STEAM at SFU

The School of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (STEAM) provides preparation for students in specialized academic disciplines to succeed in graduate school or their chosen careers, while providing broad-based arts, humanities, and sciences education. This integrative approach results in accomplished professionals who consider the complex dimensions of our society – aesthetics, culture, economics, the environment, history, mathematics, morality, politics, science, society, and technology.

STEAM students acquire unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge, skills, and values. Transformational experiences include small class sizes, personalized advising and interactions with faculty, laboratory applications, undergraduate research, internships and other experiential learning opportunities, field work, service projects, community engagement activities, leadership and mentorship experiences, membership in professional societies, presenting at professional conferences, and real-world learning projects.

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