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Cliff Mirman, Ph.D.
Chair and NIU Presidential Engagement Professor




  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago (1990)
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago (1987)
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester (1983)

Research Interests

  • Manufacturing analysis
  • Micro-machining
  • Automation and robotics
  • Finite element analysis
  • Kinematic analysis
  • Mechanical Design
  • Industrial Outreach

Selected Projects

  • "Development of Engineering Technology program for University of Malaysia," Funded by the University of Malaysia, Pahang
  • "Operation ETank: Moving Toward a Sustainable World," Funded by the National Science Foundation
  • "Research and Development of Micromachining Concepts and Equipment," Funded through a grant from the U.S. Army, TACOM (obtained by College)
  • "Project SMILE, "Funded by Verizon Foundation. 12/04 – 12/08. 
  • "Research and Development of Energy Efficiency in the Railroad Industry," Funded tby the U.S. Department of Energy. 8/08-12/09.
  • "Research and Development of Energy Efficiency in the Railroad Industry (Phase 2)," Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. 9/10-6/12.

Selected Publications

  • Chundurua, S.P., Kim, M.J., and Mirman, C.R.: Failure Analysis of Railroad Couplers of AAR Type E, Journal of Engineering Failure Analysis, volume 18, issue, January 2011.
  • Otieno, A., Mirman, C.R., Sciammarella, F., and Cesarone, J.: Development of low cost micromachines and machinability studies at Northern Illinois University. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on MicroManufacturing (ICOMM 2010), Madison, Wisconsin, April 2010.
  • Mirman, C.R., Lenczewski, M. and Rigg, L.: An Approach to Developing Interdisciplinary Energy and Environmental Programs. Presented at the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX., June 2012.
  • Mirman, C.R., Otieno, A., and Schroeder, D.: Application of Solid Modeling and Computer-Aided-Engineering Concepts in a Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program. Presented at the CAD2012 Conference, Niagra Falls, Canada, June 2012.
  • Mirman, C.R., Sussman, M., and Deegan, S.: A Technical Degree Completion Program which Promotes Partnerships with Industry and Regional Education Centers in Rural Locations – A Long-Term Case Study. Proceedings of the 10th PASCAL Conference, Brest, France. October 29, 2012.

Work Experience

  • Department of Technology, Northern Illinois University (1999-present)
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wilkes University (1991-1999)
  • Motorola, Inc. (1983 – 1985)

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