Engineering and Technology Alumni Society

The Engineering and Technology Alumni Society (ETAS) provides ways for alumni to give back, build their networks and stay connected after graduation. ETAS offers opportunities to:

  • Coach and/or judge senior design projects.
  • Mentor students in the Mentorship Program.
  • Participate in peer mentoring with fellow alumni.
  • Make connections at homecoming and other events.
  • Support scholarships and awards.

For more information on ETAS, please email

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The ETAS board of directors consists of 12 members who serve three-year terms. The terms are staggered, and four members are selected each year. The 2021-2022 board members are:

  • Brianna Smyles, president
  • Michael Hudec, vice president
  • Teffy Chamoun, secretary
  • Damian Almaraz, treasurer
  • Satya Abhilash Chintala, appointed scholarship chair
  • Anthony Almaraz
  • Jeff Camplin
  • David Galica
  • Tanya Klaslo
  • Steve Rossbach

Call for Nominations

Graduates of NIU's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) have an opportunity to share their knowledge and participate in the future success of the college.

The NIU Engineering and Engineering Technology Alumni Society (ETAS) seeks nomination for one of four open positions on our board of directors. Nomination forms should be returned no later than Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.

ETAS Board members whose term is up include Joe Rehak, Daniel Boston, David Galica and John Arne. The board meets monthly to discuss topics central to the mission of NIU's CEET. The board advises the college on industry best practices and workplace needs, while offering alumni an opportunity to support and engage with their alma mater.

ETAS hosts Challenge Coin receptions for new graduates, helps with judging the Senior Design projects, funds an endowed scholarship, supports student organizations and hosts alumni engagement activities.

Board nomination requirements include being:

  • A graduate of NIU Engineering or Engineering Technology program.
  • An active donor to the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology or to NIU each year of their term. There is no minimum donation required.

Individuals can nominate themselves or a fellow graduate; and/or volunteer for one of our committees or activities. For more information on making a difference or assisting in our many activities and initiatives, please contact the ETAS Board President Mike Hudec at

Complete the nomination form by Sept. 17.

Engineering Excellence Award

Each year, CEET students complete senior design projects, usually as part of a team. This gives them the opportunity to apply their skills to a real-world product design, system solution or process improvement. ETAS members select the teams with the best projects to receive the Engineering Excellence Award. Each winning team member receives $100 and a trophy.

ETAS Scholarship

ETAS selects two students each year to receive an ETAS scholarship. Students must be enrolled for at least 12 semester hours as a CEET major and are judged based on GPA, extracurricular activities, community involvement and other criteria.

Since 1995, the scholarship has been funded solely by donations from alumni and returns from the job fair. Individual donations, as well as corporate sponsorships, are appreciated and welcome in any amount.


These resources will help you make the most of your connections with the college and fellow alumni:

Challenge Coins

The Engineering and Technology Alumni Society presents each CEET graduate with an engraved "challenge coin." The coin is a symbol of their accomplishments at NIU and an invitation to stay connected by joining ETAS.

Learn more about the challenge coin.

Contact Us

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
Engineering Building
590 Garden Rd, DeKalb, IL
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