Engineers In Residence, or EIR, works together with your company to fix or improve your real world challenges. EIR expands the popular internship model by providing you with a team of qualified, eager students and professionals who are ready to partner with your business or company.

Utilizing our teams saves you money, gives you access to the best equipment and labs, and offers you the opportunity to influence our curriculum in the process.

How it works

  • Choose the CEET team, which is comprised of faculty members, and undergraduate and graduate students
  • Identify the needs and CEETs ability to help
  • Pool enrolled graduate students and make selections based on scope of project and the student's expertise and skills
  • Place student onsite for the contracted number of hours each week 
    • Some projects require more than one student
  • Discover if there are any needs outside of engineering and engineering technology. If so, work with NIU experts to solve issues

Areas of Expertise

  • Lean Manufacturing
    • 5S workplace and standardization
    • Kaizen
    • Setup reduction
    • Value stream mapping to identify and eliminate waste
    • Cellular flow manufacturing design and implementation
    • Pull/Kanban Material System Implementation
  • Six Sigma
  • Facilities layout design
  • Warehouse operations
  • Supply chain management
  • Process flow analysis
  • Production scheduling
  • Inventory management
  • Systems simulation
  • Modeling and optimization
  • Statistical process control
  • Ergonomics
  • Work measurements and time studies
  • Cycle time reduction
  • Experimental design and analysis
  • Project management
  • Line balancing
  • Performance evaluation