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Sweet Briar engineering program receives ABET accreditation

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The engineering program at Sweet Briar College has received accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

ABET Inc. is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. Accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process that evaluates curriculum, faculty, facilities and institutional support to ensure the program meets the quality standards established by the specified profession.

Program director Hank Yochum says the endorsement lets employers, graduate schools and prospective students know they can trust the quality of the program’s education. Accreditation also creates a mechanism to continually assess and improve the program.

The bachelor’s degree in engineering science at Sweet Briar is multidisciplinary, with emphasis on mechanical and electrical engineering. It is one of two ABET-accredited degree programs at a women’s college in the country.

Sweet Briar named its program the Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program last year in recognition of an alumna who with her late husband gave $3 million. Margaret Jones Wyllie had wanted to follow her father in becoming an engineer but few engineering program admitted women in the 1940s. She received a chemistry degree from Sweet Briar..

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