As the youngest college on campus (established in 1985), we take pride in our accomplishments and in the quality of our programs. The college offers ABET and ATMAE accredited programs in engineering and engineering technology. We offer degree programs in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, engineering technology, and industrial technology.
The college is committed to providing barrier free admission to its diverse student body. With over 1500 students, we continue to grow our enrollments each year. In 2010 our enrollments increased by 11 percent, despite the decrease in national enrollments. We are proud of our diverse student population who benefit from a world-class facilities with state-of-the-art equipment providing excellent learning opportunities to students.
The college attracts national as well as international recognition for its programs and services. This year, we earned a ranking of 41st in the nation for public engineering institutions where masters degrees are the highest degree offered (US News and World Report). In a short span, the college has also been recognized for graduating minority students. We are a practice based institution with strong ties to regional industry. With over 200 partnerships with business and industry, we stimulate economic development, automation, and global competitiveness in our region.
During the past five years, the college has engaged in several high impact research initiatives in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Laboratory, and several Industry partners. Some of the ongoing research addresses issues in Homeland Security, Energy and Environment, Lean Manufacturing, Active Noise and Vibration Control, Supply Chain Management, Biodegradable Products, P-20, Computational Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Nano Science, Health Systems Engineering, Wireless Communications, Power Electronics, Radio Frequency, Mechatronics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, etc.
Every student coming to the college receives personalized attention and is supported through effective student support services including mentorship, peer-tutoring, advising, academic residential living and learning, internships, job placement, etc. We are proud of our near perfect student placement with a diverse set of industries.
The college has excellent partnerships with high schools, community colleges and industries in the region. Under the unique Adopt-A-High School and Project Lead the Way initiative, we adopted more than 200 high schools in the region providing them with career and academic support services. These young students can take up to five courses and earn college credit while still in high school. What's more, 95 percent of these students will remain in the engineering and engineering technology discipline.
Faculty in our college are our real strength. They are highly accomplished in their field with a majority having professional licensure/certifications and industrial experience. We are committed to further enhancing the research interests of our faculty and engaging in outreach activities to provide the best response to regional needs.
The college has more than 8,500 alumni, a majority of which work and stay in the Northern Illinois region. I view them as major stakeholders in collaborating with faculty, students and staff in helping the college accomplish its mission. The college’s alumni society (ETAS), is an active organization reaching out to alumni and friends of the college. ETAS is engaged in several initiatives geared toward helping students succeed in their academic and professional mission.
We in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology bring great minds together to consider some of our world's most pressing challenges…energy, the environment, health care.
I am proud to lead this college, which is poised for tremendous growth. I am committed to establishing mutually beneficial partnerships to provide an effective response to the needs of the region. The college is poised to play an important role to influence economic development of the region by providing education, training, and research opportunities in engineering and technology.