2008 Award for Outstanding Department Contribution to International Education at NIU

Dear Faculty and Staff,

It is my pleasure to inform you that our department has been selected as the recipient of university's "2008 Award for Outstanding Department Contribution to International Education at NIU." The following is a summary of our works in the nomination letter. It took a corporate effort to attain this recognition. I like to thank all of you who contributed to our international programs in the last several years. I also like to acknowledge the great supports we received from the Dean's Office, the International Training Office and the International Programs Office.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has been very active in developing and conducting international programs in the past eight years. The following is a summary:

* Has developed NIU sponsored Study Abroad Program: Robotics and Manufacturing in China (2008).

* Has actively recruited 15-20 international students per year from India, China, Korea and Taiwan.

* Has conducted several international professional development programs: a 3-week summer program for four years (2005-2008), a two-semester visiting student program for four years (2005-2008) and a 10-day professional training (December 2007).

* Has supported 50-60 international graduate students per year with tuition waivers and assistantships.

* Has hosted five visiting international scholars and professors on sabbatical leave in the last five years.

* Has received external funding for twelve international projects: CMP simulation, diamond film research, micro-assembly robots, obstacle-crossing wheelchair, Kyungnam University 3-week summer program (four times), Kyungnam University two-semester visiting student program (four times).

* Has developed international collaborations with six universities in China, Taiwan and Korea. Three of them have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and three more are in the process of signing MOU.