Grambling, Louise – February 22, 2022 – Following the recent confirmation of the accreditation of two of the three concentrations, the Department of Engineering Technology at Grambling State University is committed to building a better future for both its students, alumni and the department.
During the autumn semester of 2021, the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Engineering and Technology Accreditation Council (ETAC / ABET) formally confirmed the accreditation for the GSU concentration in the development and design of engineering and electronic technology.
“Program accreditations are validated by ETCA / ABET every seven years, and the process of validating them is lengthy,” said Dr. Edwin Thomas, interim head of the department and associate professor of engineering technology at GSU. “We start self-study a year before the Accreditation Council team visits campus. The assessment team then attends for three to four months from the date they received the self-study, and lets the program know if it meets the accreditation criteria. ”
According to Dr. Thomas, the mission of the Engineering Technology Development and Design (DDET) program is to provide GSU graduates with the knowledge they need to meet the needs of Louisiana and the country in design development technology. This is achieved by graduating graduates who possess the skills and knowledge necessary for the productive practice of design and engineering technologists.
The Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) program focuses on preparing people for a variety of educational and responsible positions in schools, industry, business and government. In addition, it provides students with extensive theoretical and practical experience to meet the new and demanding challenges of our technology society.
Thomas said his department is currently preparing to accredit its construction technology program. This program involves preparing people for a variety of educational and responsible positions in schools, industry, business and government agencies. In addition, it aims to equip students with extensive theoretical and practical experience to meet the new and demanding challenges of today’s technological society.
“The state council requires accreditation of all programs that have accreditation bodies,” Thomas said. “Accreditation is crucial because it shows that we meet the same standards as any other engineering technology program in the country.”
GSU’s Department of Engineering Technology is also looking to the future and hopes to add a concentration in computing technology.
“It’s no secret that drones are being used more and more in different ways, so we believe that this will continue to develop in the future,” said Thomas. “And with all the talk about cybersecurity these days, we’re looking at a concentration that could give GSU graduates the know-how to set up network systems and secure them.”
Dr Thomas noted that the department is exploring opportunities with the Environmental Protection Agency, national telecommunications agencies and organizations that are increasingly focusing on broadband infrastructure.