Mission and Program Outcomes


The Department of Electrical Engineering supports the university and college visions by aspiring to be a competitive leader in the advancement of electrical engineering principles and practices. The mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to provide exemplary education, research, and outreach to benefit industry, government and the community at large.

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:

  • Utilizing concepts learned in electrical engineering in a professional field through:
    • Employment in a related field.
    • Pursuing advanced studies.
    • Adapting to changes in the profession through embracing life-long learning.
  • Contributing to the profession through:
    • Continued involvement in activities that advance the profession.
    • Participating in entrepreneurial endeavors.
    • Using their skills ethically for the benefit of society.
  • Displaying excellent interpersonal skills through:
    • Effectively communicating ideas orally and in writing within and outside the profession.
    • Embracing diversity and different points of view.
    • Effectively participating in dynamic teams.
    • Realizing the importance of satisfying customers and their needs.

Learning Outcomes

Our graduates have the ability to:

  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems by applying engineering, science and mathematics principles.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that consider public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations, and make informed judgments that consider the impact of solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  • Be part of an effective team that provides leadership, creates a collaborative and inclusive environment, establishes goals, plans tasks, and meets objectives.
  • Develop and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge 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: 815-753-1310

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