About Us

About Us

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 undergraduate program has grown to almost 400 students, the second largest ME undergraduate program in the state, and the M.S. graduate program has about 50 graduate students.

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. This is a remarkable achievement considering that the department and the college were established in 1985!

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.