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News Release

Contact: Joe King
NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-4299

April 7, 2006

NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology 
to celebrate 20th anniversary
with open house 

DeKalb — The Northern Illinois University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology will hold an open house from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, April 21, as part of the its 20th anniversary celebration.

The event will include building tours departing from the main lobby on the hour, starting at noon, and demonstrations in various laboratories on the half-hour, starting at 11:30 a.m. There also will be displays of student research projects set up throughout the building.

The event marks the 20th anniversary of the college, which got its start in rented space in a Sycamore industrial park. From those rather humble beginnings the college has grown into one of the premier engineering programs in the state, housed in a modern facility that is being continually updated to expose students to the latest technology being used by businesses today.

During its first two decades, the college has gained a reputation for excellence in the education of undergraduate and master’s level students. In fact, the college was ranked 39th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report Magazine in the category of “best undergraduate engineering programs.”

As CEET moves forward, Dean Promod Vohra plans to build upon that reputation while expanding the mission of the college.

“During our first 20 years we have done an excellent job of training the work force of the future,” says Vohra. “As we move ahead, we will look to establish a similar reputation for excellence in working with industry on research and development, as well as original research by faculty. I hope the entire DeKalb-Sycamore community will join us at this event to celebrate the accomplishments of our past and to help us look forward to an exciting future.”

The event is co-sponsored by one of the college's most valued corporate partners, Hamilton Sundstrand.

The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Complimentary parking is available in lots 40, A and A1 which are southeast of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology on Kishwaukee Drive just north of Lucinda. The CEET building is located on Garden Road between Lucinda and Hillcrest.

For more information contact (815) 753-3745.

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