Utah Valley University now offers five engineering programs — civil, computer, electrical,
mechanical, and software engineering — that are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation
Commission (EAC) of ABET.
UVU’s construction management program also received accreditation by the Applied and
Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of ABET, and the computer science,
information systems, and information technology programs were re-accredited by the
Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. In total, UVU now offers nine ABET-accredited
The announcement of the accreditations comes at a critical time when there is an acute
demand for more engineers, computer scientists, and construction managers in Utah.
Last year, Utah universities together produced more than 3,000 engineers and computer
scientists, but there remained approximately 4,000 unfulfilled positions across Utah’s
workforce. Construction companies are also struggling to find employees to keep up
with the ever-increasing need for qualified managers to oversee Utah’s continued building
“One of UVU’s long-term strategies is to educate and prepare graduates to meet Utah’s
workforce needs,” said Astrid S. Tuminez, president, Utah Valley University. “From
now until 2028, experts project that Utah will need more than 3,600 new engineers
per year. UVU’s new engineering and computer science programs were designed to help
support that need. Since introducing our newest engineering programs (civil, mechanical,
and electrical) in 2018, we’ve seen a 144.33% increase in engineering graduates at
According to a recent study by the Kem C. Gardner Institute, Utah County’s population is projected to reach 1.6
million by 2065 and will almost mirror Salt Lake County’s population — 28% of the
state’s population will live in Utah County.
The study projects 576,000 jobs will be added in Utah County and increase its share
of total state employment from 17% to 24% of all state jobs. One-third of the state’s
new jobs are projected to be in Utah County.
“To be job-ready, the engineering, computer science, and technology graduates of the
future must possess not only a good grasp of fundamentals, but they must also be innovative,
ethical, good team members, have good communication skills, and exhibit a good understanding
of global issues,” said Saeed Moaveni, dean of UVU’s College of Engineering and Technology.
“What sets our programs apart from other engineering and technology programs is our
hands-on, real-world approach to engineering and technology education, and encouraging
our students to apply and test their practical knowledge against others in professional
settings and competitions.”
For more information on UVU’s engineering programs, please visit the school’s engineering page.