About Us

About the Department

Welcome from the Chair

Cliff MirmanWelcome to the Northern Illinois University Department of Technology. This Department was developed nearly 100 years ago to provide students with a broad vocational background. Over the years, the Departmental mission and direction have evolved. Today, the Departmental mission crosses several key boundaries.

The first and foremost departmental mission is providing a quality hands-on and theoretical education to our students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department prepares our students so they can not only obtain employment after graduation, but the can excel at the job from day one. The Department offers undergraduate education in Industrial Management and Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and Electrical Engineering Technology, and a graduate program in Industrial Management.

The Departmental faculty is involved in continual programmatic assessment and improvement which allows us to educate the next generation of Industrial Technologists and Engineering Technologists who excel in the work environment. Within the Departmental undergraduate programs, we offer a very broad range of courses which provide both a sound introduction and in-depth analysis in given topics. Each program places emphasis upon theoretical/application instruction and laboratory instruction, skills that are demanded by industry.

The Departmental faculty has taken the lead in developing a new Homeland Security Certificate, which develops knowledge needed to obtain employment in this ever changing and expanding security area. Our Departmental Master’s of Industrial Management includes course work in the fields of Industrial Management, Occupational Safety, and Manufacturing.

Working with Industry is another area that is at the forefront of the Departmental mission. The NIU Department of Technology prides itself on industrial interaction. Many of the Departmental senior projects are conducted with industrial involvement. In addition, students and faculty are involved with projects sponsored through industry and government. As is the case in the technology disciplines, our relationship with industry is the basis behind the concepts that are taught in our curriculums. In addition, Technology students are involved with interdisciplinary external projects, from the design of the Basic-Utility-Vehicle to a hovering platform for a science museum. It is this involvement with the faculty and other students which sets our program apart!   

In your viewing of this web site, please visit the undergraduate and graduate programs which we offer and the syllabi of the courses in our curriculum, as well as our laboratory facilities. I invite you to explore the possibilities that an education from the Department of Technology at Northern Illinois University can offer. I would like to personally invite you to visit our Department and tour our facilities, either in person or on our web site. If I can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Clifford Mirman, Ph.D.