Information for Prospective Students


Thinking about majoring in mechanical engineering? Good choice!

Mechanical Engineering is a creative and practical discipline that draws upon a number of basic sciences to design and manufacture devices and products that benefit society. It studies the formulation, design, development, modeling, simulation and control of systems and components involving solid mechanics, dynamics and controls, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, manufacturing and the conversion of energy into work. 

Department Highlights

  • 2015 Illinois Professor of the Year Brianno Coller on faculty
  • OMRON sponsored mechatronics lab gives students hands-on experience with the latest technology
  • Five SAE teams, including Formula Team, Supermileage Team and Baja Team
  • Student teams building projects to compete in NASA competitions (SPACE RACE and Mars rover)
  • Robotics Club includes more than 100 students working on six different types of robots
  • Top research topics: energy and sustainability; biomechanics; manufacturing using 3-D printing; assistive robotics; swarm technology, looking at natural swarms (i.e. animals and insects) to see how drones can be used in large groups
  • Hands-on research often leads to internships and job offers from such employers and DMG-MORI and OMRON

What's the next step?

Learn more about our B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering, then request more information, visit and apply!

Contact Us

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Building, Room 226
590 Garden Road  

Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-9979

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