Program Educational Objectives (PEO)
Within a few years of obtaining a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University at Buffalo, the recent graduate
- Demonstrates professional engineering competence, broadly defined.
Demonstrates professional engineering competence, via promotions and/or advancement to positions of increasing responsibility; via satisfactory progress towards completion of an advanced degree; or via a successful transition from the "traditional" chemical engineering career path into medicine, business, government, education, etc.
- Applies engineering and science to solve technical problems.
Develops and implements innovative and effective solutions to difficult problems. Shows proficiency in the application of engineering science in the presence of practical constraints or complicating factors to solve real-world technical problems.
- Interacts well with a broad range of people.
Grows continuously in the range of people with whom he/she interacts professionally. Assumes responsibilities that require increasingly broad and diverse interpersonal interactions, indicating the ability to relate well to superiors, subordinates, and peers, inside or outside the organization, perhaps involving difficult circumstances. Provides input to others' work that enables them to do their job better. Reaches team leadership positions.
- Demonstrates excellence in ethical standards, safety, and environmental protection.
Demonstrates excellence and leadership in ethical standards, on-the-job safety, and environmental protection through participation in appropriate training activities, short courses, or conferences; through employer recognition for achievement in the corresponding professional practice (e.g. safety awards); or by assumption of recognized leadership positions in these areas (e.g. safety officer).
- Communicates effectively.
Communicates his/her ideas, findings, and knowledge through the composition of papers and/or internal reports; authorship of standards and guidelines; publication of scholarly articles; application for patents; delivery of effective presentations to group leaders, internal and external customers, and at technical conferences; and/or training of coworkers and associates.
- Takes initiative and shows ability for independent learning.
Engages in life-long learning via participation in a professional society, continuing education course(s), professional engineering certification, professional development course(s), and/or industry training course(s).
Program Educational Objectives (PEO) for the UB Chemical Engineering program have existed in a formal document since 1997. The objectives were revised significantly in January 2007 to conform with ABET definitions and evaluation requirements. In establishing the new PEO we placed an emphasis on constructing them such that their attainment could be meaningfully assessed by pointing to specific tangible targets that we expect graduates to achieve. Our objectives support the mission of the Institution, School, and Department.
PEO are published in the following locations