Engineers-in-Residence program was primarily developed to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to graduate functional engineers from our engineering programs. Through this program, the faculty and graduate students of college of engineering and engineering technology partner with local industries solving real-life problems that are critical for them to remain competitive and successful in the global marketplace.

This partnership helps our graduate students to practice their technical skills on real-life projects, improve their communication skills, understand how the theory taught in the class can be applied to solve mission critical problems, etc. Most importantly, the partnering company also benefits through the research findings resulting in productivity gains, improved customer satisfaction, cost savings, etc.

How it works

  • Choose the CEET team, which is comprised of faculty members, and undergraduate and graduate students
  • Identify the needs and CEETs ability to help
  • Pool enrolled graduate students and make selections based on scope of project and the student's expertise and skills
  • Place student onsite for the contracted number of hours each week 
    • Some projects require more than one student
  • Discover if there are any needs outside of engineering and engineering technology. If so, work with NIU experts to solve issues

Areas of Expertise

Mechanical Engineering

  • Alternative and Renewable Computational Fluid
  • Dynamics (CFD)/FEM Modeling and Simulation
  • CAD/CAM Simulation and Fabrication
  • Electrical and Electronics Cooling and Thermal Management
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Thermal Energy Systems
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Fuel Cell and Electric Battery Storage
  • Manufacturing Materials and Testing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Robotics/Mechatronic Automation
  • Two-Phase Flow
  • Vibrations, Controls, and Dynamics

Electrical Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Microelectronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Computer Architecture
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Control Systems and Robotics
  • Power Systems and Power Electronics
  • Electromagnetics and RF Design
  • VLSI Design and Fabrication

Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Process Optimization
  • Simulation
  • Logistics
  • Supply Chain
  • Facility Layout and Design
  • Sustainability
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Warehouse Operations
  • Line Balancing
  • Production Planning/ Scheduling
  • Time and Motion Study
  • Quality Health Care


  • Plastics
  • Material
  • Automation
  • Vision
  • Robotics
  • Integration
  • Project Management
  • Design
  • Failure Analysis