Colorado State University - Pueblo faculty member named to accreditation commission

Colorado State University - Pueblo faculty member named to accreditation commission

PUEBLO – Dr. Sylvester A. Kalevela, associate professor and chair of civil engineering technology, construction & automotive industry management at Colorado State University-Pueblo, has been named Technology Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET),  the  national body that oversees the accreditation of all of the engineering technology programs in the country.

ABET accreditation is assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. For example, an accredited engineering program must meet the quality standards set by the engineering profession. An accredited computer science program must meet the quality standards set by the computing profession. ABET, Inc., is responsible for the specialized accreditation of educational programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

CSU-Pueblo’s Civil Engineering Program has been accredited since 1976, Industrial Engineering since 1991, and our new BS-Engineering (mechatronics) since 2007. All programs will be visited by ABET in the next academic year.

Kalevela will serve as a member of the 2011-12 ABET Technology Accreditation Commission. He also was appointed to serve as Program Evaluator Candidate (PEVC) training mentor, where he will work with individuals training to become program evaluators. 

Kalevela, a licensed civil engineer, member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, joined the CSU-Pueblo faculty in 2005. He earned bachelor’s degree from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, a master’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a doctoral degree from Arizona State University.

“This is certainly a major accomplishment and speaks to how our faculty are respected for their expertise and commitment to improving the community by working to improve the standards by which all practicing engineers are educated,” said Dr. Peter Dorhout, CSU-Pueblo Provost.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.