A Real World Connection

Our faculty are engaged in a broad array of research sponsored by private industry and agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, the State of Illinois, and more.

To see a complete listing of our projects, search the Engage! Database, or visit our research table.  Visit our faculty profiles to find information on each member of our faculty.

Our students are also encouraged to participate in college and university wide research through Engineers in Residence, the Corporate Scholars Program, and Engineering Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (EURA), Undergraduate Research Day, and more!


Current Research


The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded NIU $2.4 million to develop tools for process control and qualifying parts made with layer-by-layer additive-manufacturing processes. Learn more!

Get Wise CEET Camp

NIU's PROMISE, Providing Resources and Opportunities to Maximize Interest in STEM Education, is a campus-wide effort to encourage students to declare or persist in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) major. Learn More!

Rocket launch

A grant totaling $2.4 million has been awarded to a collaborative made up of NIU, Rock Valley College, the Rockford Area Economic development Council and EIGERlab to accelerate job creation and innovation for small and medium-sized aerospace companies in the region. Learn more!

Centers and Expertise

  • The Fuel Cell Center Research Center
  • The Center for Coatings and Tribology
  • Rapid Optimization of Commercial Knowledge (ROCK)
  • The National Safety Education Center, an OSHA Training Institute Education Center
  • Manufacturing Modernization Center
  • Microelectronics Research and Development Laboratory
  • Traffic Safety Institute
  • Vibrations-Noise and Acoustics Group
  • AVC Fuel Cell
  • Biomedical Laboratory
  • Communications Laboratory
  • Curricular Integration of Nanotechnology's Principles
  • Digital Signal Processing