Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

Why Study Mechanical Engineering at NIU?

Our Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering provides you a high-quality, visionary engineering education that reflects professional engineering standards and prepares you to become an engineer and leader capable of solving technical challenges that industry and society face now and in the future. Our goal is to prepare you for a successful career in engineering by providing you with a balanced education in mechanical engineering fields; a foundational knowledge in mathematics and physical sciences; and an understanding and commitment of an engineer’s professional and ethical responsibilities.

Our degree program offers three emphases:

  • Advanced Computing and Simulation: You’ll learn how to simulate reality within a computer generated environment.
  • Mechatronics and Robotics: You’ll learn how to design computer-controlled electromechanical systems.
  • Sustainable Energy: You’ll gain an understanding of energy conservation and environmental sustainability, alternative and renewable energy, propulsion, refrigeration and air conditioning.

Careers with an Mechanical Engineering Degree

Mechanical engineers are in much demand. As a mechanical engineer, you’ll often work on the cutting edge of industrial pursuits. Mechanical engineering careers range from alternative energies to nanotechnology to remanufacturing. The possibilities are vast.

Mechanical Engineering Faculty

Our faculty are experienced engineers, educators and researchers, and have research interest in many areas such as:

  • Thermal, fluid, and energy systems
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Applied mechanics
  • Dynamics & controls
  • Robotics and mechatronics
  • Multi-scale modeling
  • Materials Science


Hands-on Learning Opportunities

There are more than a dozen engineering clubs and local chapters of national associations for you to get involved. From the Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers, to Engineers Without Borders, there’s something for all engineering interests. View our complete list of clubs and student organizations for mechanical engineering majors.

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