Joe Sussman

As chief accreditation officer and chief information officer since 2011, Joe Sussman leads ABET’s global accreditation operations, collaborating with the organization’s volunteer leadership in both tactical execution and strategic development of ABET’s accreditation practice. Previously, he spent 26 years as an engineering leader and senior business executive at Bayer AG, leading many of the company’s quality, manufacturing, and IT efforts. After retiring from Bayer he became an industry specialist at Deloitte Consulting, where he worked with many global clients. Before joining the ABET staff, he served for 24 years in nearly every volunteer capacity, including as program evaluator for mechanical engineering programs, chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission, representative director from ASME on the ABET Board of Directors, and president (2008–2009). He was inducted as an ABET fellow in 2002 after having played a pivotal role in implementing the ground-breaking Engineering Criteria 2000. In 2011 he was elected an ASME fellow for his contributions to quality in engineering education, and in 2015 he received the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the technical disciplines through his work in accreditation. He earned his baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.