ABET, or the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, is the nationally recognized entity that accredits post-secondary programs in applied science and engineering. It's a federation of 28 professional and technical societies, including the American Society of Engineering Education (AEEE), The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE), The Minerals Metals and Materials Society (TMS), and the Materials Research Society (MRS).
ABET accreditation is a peer review process that ensures educational programs meet the quality standards established by the engineering profession. The ABET review process is based on 8 criteria related to (1) quality and performance of students, (2) program educational objectives, (3) program outcomes and assessment, (4) a professional component, (5) faculty, (6) facilities, (7) institutional support and financial resources, and (8) program-specific criteria. Criteria 3 lists the competencies that engineering graduates are expected to gain from an undergraduate engineering degree.