Become an ABET Program Evaluator

Program evaluators review metallurgical and materials science and engineering programs at colleges and universities that are seeking to be accredited or re-accredited through ABET. This opportunity is open to volunteers from academia, industry, and government. Evaluation activities are organized through the TMS Accreditation Committee.

Why Should You Become an ABET Evaluator?

The benefits to your career include the opportunity to:

  • Impact the future of MSE education
  • Learn about the accreditation process and discover ways to improve your institution’s academic program
  • Network with others devoted to improving education

Time Commitment

Initially, volunteers need to complete 20 to 25 hours of online training and two days of face-to-face training through ABET. Periodic refresher training is also offered. Volunteers can expect to devote approximately 3 to 4 days for a school visit, plus preparation time. Evaluators visit no more than one school per year. Volunteers meet two times a year at the TMS Annual Meeting and at MS&T.


To be considered for an appointment by TMS as a program evaluator, the individual must:

  • Have been actively practicing or teaching metallurgical or materials engineering during the preceding six years
  • Have achieved a level of professional stature commensurate with this responsibility. The individual must be one who is perceived by the academic community as being a peer in the program area being evaluated.

How To Get Started

Applications are reviewed by the Accreditation Committee at their spring meeting at the TMS Annual Meeting and fall meeting at MS&T. For more complete information on how to become a program evaluator, visit the University Program Accreditation (ABET) page of the TMS website.

If you have additional questions, please contact Mary Samsa, TMS Foundation & Public Affairs Manager.