ABET Accreditation

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC)


The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS)

Thomas R. Bieler
Michigan State University
TMS Representative since 2013 (Term 2)

Ronald Gibala
University of Michigan
TMS Representative since 2011 (Term 4)

Devarajan Venugopalan
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
TMS Representative since 2013 (Term 2)

The American Ceramic Society
National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (ACerS/NICE)

Janet Callahan
Sandia National Laboratories
ACerS/NICE Representative since 2015

EAC Alternate Members

The American Ceramic Society’s National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (ACerS/NICE)

Grant Norton
Washington State University
(ACerS/NICE Alternate Representative since 2016

TMS Alternate – not listed.

Board of Delegates (likely, but not confirmed)

Ashok Saxena, Ph.D.
TMS – The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society

William M. Mullins, Ph.D.
ACerS – American Ceramic Society


A restructuring of the ABET governance process was ratified in July of 2015.

The new governance structure is intended to enhance ABET decisionmaking and member engagement by:

  • Enabling a greater strategic focus by the Board of Directors;
  • Placing decision-making responsibility on specific accreditation policies and practices more directly in the hands of the societies and individuals best informed about these issues;
  • Better defining the knowledge, ability and experience requirements for those holding different ABET leadership positions; and
  • Making ABET decision-making more nimble, particularly in reference to external relationships and shifts in the strategic environment.

The new Board of Directors will meet up to four times per year, and focus its work on:

  • environmental scanning,
  • strategic planning,
  • setting organizational performance measures,
  • final approval of the admission of new member societies,
  • financial performance and control,
  • oversight of the ABET executive office,
  • managing the growing number of ABET relationships with external organizations and constituents scattered around the world.

The Board of Delegates will assume several roles previously assigned to the Board of Directors, including final action on proposals for changes in:

  • general accreditation criteria;
  • accreditation policies and procedures;
  • organization and operation of the accreditation commissions.

The Board of Delegates will also be responsible for:

  • selection of ABET Officers as well as the public and at-large directors;
  • recommendation on the admission of new member societies;
  • standing committees on Nominations and ABET Awards;
  • providing members for standing Board of Directors committees on Audit, Finance, and Governance.

Some relevant links are listed below.


Last Updated: March 13, 2017


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