2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

How to Prepare for Your ABET Accreditation

Tuesday, April 23
7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Sheraton, Second Level, Arcadia

Have you been asked to participate in your department's ABET Accreditation and you don't know what to expect during the evaluation process? Then this session is for you.

The MRS Accreditation Subcommittee serves as the Society liaison to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) in order to provide guidance and oversight when applying engineering standards to materials science and engineering education. You do not have to register for the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting to attend this training.

Members of the subcommittee offer this training session to anyone interested in:

  • learning more about the ABET accreditation process in general
  • preparing for an upcoming accreditation visit at your Materials Science and Engineering Department


William Hammetter

Bill Hammetter
Sandia National Laboratories (retired)

Bill Hammetter is the former Manager of the Advanced Materials Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories and a member of the Accreditation Subcommittee for the Materials Research Society (MRS). He has served as an ABET program evaluator for 15 years and a commissioner on the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission for eight years.

Ron Gibala

Ron Gibala
University of Michigan (Van Vlack Professor Emeritus)

Ron Gibala is the L.H. and F.E. Van Vlack Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan. His research includes many topics on mechanical behavior of materials, defects in solids, environmental effects on materials and materials characterization. Gibala's activities with engineering accreditation involve serving as a program evaluator and Team Chair (Commissioner) for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and Chair of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Accreditation Subcommittee. He has evaluated or consulted for engineering programs in more than 30 colleges and universities nationally and internationally.

About ABET

ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology, is a federation of 36 professional and technical societies representing these fields, while ensuring quality standards through a formal process of accreditation. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States, ABET currently accredits 4005 programs at 793 colleges and universities in 32 countries. ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 80 years.

ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. More information can be found at abet.org.

For more information, contact Pamela Hupp at hupp@mrs.org.