NIU’s Division of Outreach, Engagement & Information Technologies puts university resources to work in support of innovative products and practices in business and industry, education, municipal government, and health care.
Building regional broadband networks with $150 million in state & federal grants
Installing 2,200 miles of fiber optics across Illinois
Connecting nearly 700 community anchor institutions (schools, hospitals, public safety, libraries) to high-speed broadband
Creating state-of-the-art computing
environments for students, faculty, and staff on campus
Partnering with national labs and regional incubators to accelerate the pace of innovation.
Operating unique cancer-treatment center at Fermilab
Exposing high school students to high-energy physics at Argonne National Lab
Helping small-to-medium-size businesses develop new products at Rockford's EigerLab incubator
Combining technology and expertise to improve teaching and raise student achievement
Tracking student and school performance in popular online database
Partnering with local districts to build professional development schools
Innovative, interdisciplinary projects raise K-12 literacy with arts and technology
Mining giant data sets to improve decision-making and empower average citizens.
Creating web-based tools for individualized classroom instruction
Providing policymakers with statewide and regional perspectives on key issues
Enhancing patient care with 21st Century information systems.
Creating a high-speed, 1,000-mile fiber optic network connecting rural hospitals & clinics
Facilitating the electronic exchange of patient records across healthcare settings
Helping rural healthcare providers with strategic planning, grant development and management support
First year of Rockford aerospace program yields big results
Helping the Rockford area develop as a center of aerospace excellence
Providing "engineers in residence" to assist aerospace manufacturers
Helping Rockford grow workforce capacity for the aerospace industry