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Mechanical engineers are all about innovation

Thinking about Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at NIU? Let us guess: you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty. You like to figure out how things work…and then make them work better. You see every problem as an opportunity to devise, build, test and implement a solution.

Mechanical engineering majors at NIU get plenty of opportunities to do all of that. The proof is in our nine laboratories packed with technology that allows you to build and analyze just about anything you can dream of. We have spaces devoted to robotics, materials analysis, and vibration controls, to name just a few.

Of course, having the latest and greatest tools isn’t enough. You also need to understand the science behind it all. To ensure you get that, nearly all of our classes are taught by full-time faculty, many of whom have extensive experience in industry. You might even have a class with the 2015 Illinois Professor of the Year, Brianno Coller, or learn from Federico Sciammarella, a leading researcher in the field of 3D printing.

Technology Machining Lab

And learning doesn’t stop in the classroom or laboratory. Students have opportunities to assist faculty with research in areas including laser manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, fuel cells, battery storage and bio-mechanical engineering, or work on projects provided by local industries. You also can participate in clubs that design, build and race vehicles ranging from miniature Formula cars and model airplanes to robots and snowmobiles. You can even join our Supermileage Team, which has created some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the world for the last several years.

Being part of those projects helps students translate classroom learning into careers in lucrative fields as diverse as automotive engineering, aerospace, bio engineering, nano-technology and much, much more. Many of our students have job offers in hand before they graduate.

If you want to learn more about how our mechanical engineering program can help you build a promising future, check out the mechanical engineering website, featuring information on faculty, clubs, classes and more.