About Us


Dr. Song

The Department of Mechanical Engineering of Northern Illinois University provides both a great Bachelor and a Master of Science degree programs. The university provides student-friendly environment, affordable education and well-balanced campus life. The city of DeKalb is conveniently located at the outskirts of the Chicago metropolitan area, one of the most dynamic and thriving areas for cultural, technological, manufacturing, financial, and touring activities in the United States. The internationally renowned Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Laboratory are within one hour driving distance from NIU campus. DeKalb is also close to Rockford, the second largest city in Illinois and home of many manufacturing companies.

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 475 students, the second largest ME undergraduate program in the state, and the M.S. graduate program has about 70 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, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, ANSYS/Fluent, STAR CCM+, PolyFLOW, FE-Fatigue, Working Model, Lincages, Visual Studio,  MatLAB, MathCAD and Maple.

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, Solar 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 offer before they receive their degrees.

NIU has more than a 100-year history and has nurtured a student-friendly environment. DeKalb is a friendly, growing town close to hundreds of ME related companies in the Chicago and Rockford areas. I hope that you enjoy our web site and consider us in your plan of education.

Pradip Majumdar, Ph.D.