About Us


To offer engaged learning programs in technology that promote strong partnerships with industry and foster a synergetic, interactive relationship between faculty and students. The Northern Illinois University’s Department of Technology is committed to provide our students with industry focused technical education emphasizing theoretical and applications oriented knowledge for problem solving. The departmental faculty will strive to provide technical programs that promote student excellence in today’s competitive industrial settings. Technology graduates will have the needed technical skills that allow them to make an impact in industry from day one.  


The Northern Illinois University’s Department of Technology is committed to technical education; specifically, programs which incorporate continuous improvement, student-centered engagement, and applied research that prepares our students to analyze, develop, and implement innovative and sustainable solutions for our contemporary society. 

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives 

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, Department of Technology graduates will:

  • Apply scientific, mathematical, and engineering principles to analyze, develop, and implement systems.
  • Communicate effectively and work cohesively on team-based projects.
  • Apply technical knowledge demanded by today’s innovation driven industrial workplace.
  • Understand the need for continued professional development to enhance technical and professional skills.
  • Develop applied solutions that meet ethical, cultural, and environmental needs of our society. 


Undergraduate Program Outcomes 

a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;

b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;

d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;

e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;

f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;

g. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;

i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;

j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and

k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.