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Mechanical Engineering

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northern Illinois University is a great place to earn a Bachelor of Science and/or a Master of Science in mechanical engineering. Outstanding fundamental courses in the pure sciences and engineering are taught by distinguished professors as well as adjunct faculty employed by area engineering businesses. Students learn and participate in research projects in state-of-the-art laboratories in the College of Engineering Building.

Mechanical engineering studies the formulation, design, development, and control of systems and components involving solid mechanics, dynamics and controls, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, manufacturing and the conversion of energy into useful work. Industries that use mechanical engineers are involved in robotics, computer aided design/manufacturing (CAD/CAM), automotive/transportation, air-conditioning and refrigeration, and machine-to-machine interaction or machine-to-human interaction.

A career in mechanical engineering gives flexibility in future employment opportunities as well as tools the individual can use to design devices and products that benefit society.

Our students enjoy a well-balanced campus life, excellent curricula, dedicated faculty, comprehensive student advising, abundant opportunities of co-ops and internships, and modern facilities. Hence, it is not a surprise that many students chose NIU-ME over other ME programs in the state, which contributed to our significant growth in recent years. 

Our alumni are highly regarded by local and national industry and our graduates enjoy high employment rate with starting salaries in the national norm. Our top undergraduates receive graduate scholarships from the top institutions in the nation. 

The college commits to excellent education and invests heavily in laboratory equipment, computers, smart classrooms and students’ professional activities. The department is equipped with most computer software including Pro/Engineer, Unigraphics, ANSYS, Fluent, PolyFLOW, FE-Fatigue, Working Model, MatLAB, MathCAD and AutoCAD. The department supports many student professional organizations including American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

The department encourages student participation in Mini Baja Racing Car Projects, Formula Car Projects, and Robotics Club Projects and Airplane Design Projects. Our seniors and graduate students often work on projects sponsored by local industries. Many of our graduate students receive job offers before they receive their degrees.