ABET Certification


The mission of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) Department, University of Michigan, is to be a world leader in the education of engineers in the application of engineering principles for the marine environment by:

  • providing the leading bachelor’s program in naval architecture and marine engineering, with emphasis on the conceptual design, engineering, manufacture and life cycle management of marine vehicles, structures and complex systems;
  • providing the leading graduate education and research program in engineering for the marine environment, one which spans a broad range of inquiry;
  • providing leadership and service to the state, national and international marine community.


In addition, the NAME Program also has the following goals:

  • to recruit, educate and support exceptional, diverse students and engage them in lifelong learning and achievement while preparing them for a sustained career of engineering leadership in marine-related industries, government service and academia.
  • to maintain and enhance the leading undergraduate program in the world in naval architecture and marine engineering; one which provides a rigorous and effective preparation for a lifelong career of engineering leadership and service.


The educational objectives of the NAME Program are to produce graduates that, in 3-5 years’ time, are:

  1. designing and manufacturing vehicles and structures that operate in the marine environment
  2. working effectively in teams
  3. practicing professionally in the marine industries, enrolling in graduate study, and engaging in life-long learning
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, environmental, and societal contexts 


The student outcomes of the NAME Program are:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

View our student outcomes to course mapping.


ABET 2022-2023 Program Criteria for Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Ocean Engineering, and Similarly Named Engineering Programs

1. Curriculum

The structure of the curriculum must provide both breadth and depth across the range of engineering topics implied by the title of the program.

The curriculum must include applications of probability and statistics, fluid mechanics, dynamics, and engineering design at the system level.

The curriculum for programs with titles containing “naval architecture” must also include hydrostatics, structural mechanics, materials properties, energy/propulsion systems, and instrumentation appropriate to naval architecture.

The curriculum for programs with titles containing “marine engineering”, “naval engineering”, “marine engineering” or similar terms must also include energy/propulsion systems, materials properties, and instrumentation appropriate to marine engineering.

2. Faculty

The program must demonstrate that faculty members have maintained currency in their specialty area.

The Program Constituents of NAME Department can be found here.


Enrollment numbers are based on a mid-year count of students that have declared the NAME major. Graduation numbers reflect both Fall and Winter terms for the respective academic year.

Academic YearEnrolledGraduated

The Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program at the University of Michigan is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Program Criteria.