Mission and Program Outcomes


The mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to join the university in its commitment to the transmission, expansion and application of knowledge through teaching, research and public service. The department features close interaction with area industries and fosters an ongoing exchange of ideas to benefit its students, alumni and the community at large.

Electrical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Northern Illinois University electrical engineering baccalaureate graduates are trained to begin professional careers that apply a broad base of engineering, science and communication skills. Graduates demonstrate these skills by:

  • Remaining active in the field of electrical engineering through
    • Employment in a related field.
    • Continuing advanced studies.
    • Adapting to changes in the profession through life-long learning.
  • Continuing to contribute to the profession through
    • Active involvement in professional activities.
    • Participating in entrepreneurial endeavors.
    • Using their skills ethically for the benefit of humanity.
  • Displaying excellent interpersonal skills through
    • Communicating ideas orally and in writing within and outside the profession.
    • Accepting cultural differences and different points of views.
    • Effectively participating in dynamic teams.
    • Realizing the importance of satisfying customers and their needs.

Program Learning Outcomes

The electrical engineering program is designed to provide our graduates with the:

  • Ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.
  • Ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
  • Ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Contact Us

Department of Electrical Engineering
Engineering Building 330
590 Garden Road 

DeKalb, IL 60115-2854
Phone: 815-753-9974
Fax: 815-753-1289