Welcome to the Glossary page. There are a number of terms and acronyms used in this site that may not be familiar to you. Some of the most commonly used terms and acronyms are listed in alphabetical order with their meanings to aid you in navigating our web site.
ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology; this is the body that accredits our Engineering mechanics and Mechanical Engineering degree programs
Accreditation - Certification by the accreditation body for Engineering and Technology programs (ABET)
Assessment/Assessment Plan - The process by which we determine, or evaluate, whether our Engineering Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering programs are meeting their stated goals and the customer's (constituency's) needs.
Capstone Design - The final design course all our majors take that integrates all aspects of our engineering programs.
CEE - Center for Educational Excellence; an office at the US Air Force Academy that supports the faculty by offering opportunities to improve their teaching skills via workshops and presentations.
Constituents/Constituency - our "customers"; everyone who is served by our programs; Faculty, Students, Graduates, Supervisors of Graduates, EPAC
Criterion/Criteria - The attributes we must demonstrate our Engineering Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering programs meet in order to remain accredited.
Course Objectives - objectives of each course offered by the Department of Engineering Mechanics that are traced to Student Outcomes these are the attributes students must meet or demonstrate in order to pass the course.
Course Review Package - a document containing information on the latest academic yearly offering of a course; each course offering culminates with a Course Review Package which is used to document changes and improvements recommended by the course director for each offering; part of our assessment process.
Curriculum Vitae - faculty resumes and credentials
DF - Dean of Faculty; responsible for implementation of the academics portion of the US Air Force Academy's mission
DFEM - Dean of Faculty Department of Engineering Mechanics; responsible for implementing the Engineering Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering programs at the US Air Force Academy
Evaluator - person designated by ABET to evaluate our Engineering Mechanics or Mechanical Engineering degree programs.
EPAC - Engineering Program Advisory Council; the professional component of our constituency; they evaluate the Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes for each of our programs and offer recommendations for improvement.
PAT - Program Assessment Team; members of the faculty responsible for ensuring our programs meet certain ABET Criteria; they are an essential part of the annual Program Review; OPRs for one of the programs or an ABET Criterion
POC - Point of Contact
Program Assessment Team - members of the faculty responsible for ensuring our programs meet certain ABET Criteria; they are an essential part of the annual Program Review; OPRs for one of the programs or an ABET Criterion
Program Educational Objectives - ABET's Criterion 2; the objectives of the Mechanical Engineering degree program; these are the attributes we expect each of our graduates to demonstrate a few years after graduation
Student Outcomes - ABET's Criterion 3; the attributes we expect each of our graduates to demonstrate at graduation
USAF - United States Air Force
USAFA - United States Air Force Academy
The Department of Engineering Mechanics
2354 Fairchild Dr., Ste 6H2
USAF Academy, CO 80840-6240
(719) 333-2531 Fax: (719) 333-2944