2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [NOTE!!!! THIS IS AN ARCHIVED CATALOG. FOR THE CURRENT CATALOG, GO TO CATALOG.NIU.EDU]
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
Omar Ghrayeb, Ph.D., interim dean
Mansour Tahernezhadi, Ph.D., P.E., associate dean, research and graduate programs
Shanthi Muthuswamy, interim associate dean, engineering outreach and undergraduate programs
The departments of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology offer baccalaureate programs leading to the degree Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology offers a contract major leading to a B.S. degree or the degree Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.).
The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology shares the university’s commitment to the transmission, expansion, and application of knowledge through teaching, research, and public service. The college takes as its particular responsibility the development and delivery of excellent upper-division programs in mainline engineering and technology fields applicable to the region’s current and potential industrial mix.
The offerings in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology prepare students for entry into and advancement within specialized career and professional fields as well as provide undergraduate academic programs of study. The undergraduate programs in electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The technology programs are developed as appropriate according to ABET or National Association of Industrial Technology criteria.
Department Names and Undergraduate Programs Offered
Department of Electrical Engineering
B.S. in electrical engineering
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
B.S. in industrial and systems engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
B.S. in mechanical engineering
Department of Technology
B.S. in technology
The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology has an unwavering commitment to educating and training the diverse northern Illinois community through the highest level of academic and public service programs readily accessible to students, industries and citizens.
The office of the associate dean assists students in interpreting university and college policies and requirements. At the department level, faculty advisers assist students in establishing academic goals and in course selection.
Degree with Honors
The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) Honors Program is designed to provide exceptional students an opportunity to conduct in-depth exploration and research of topics in engineering and technology. This program is intended to support the general mission of the University Honors Program with the specific goal of providing students more interaction with faculty, opportunities for undergraduate research, and exposure to research activity expected of graduate programs.
Students who wish to work toward a B.S. degree with honors in engineering or engineering technology should discuss the matter with the departmental undergraduate adviser and a representative from the university honors program. Lower division honors for freshmen and sophomores is managed by the University Honors Program and can be achieved through the registration for honors courses that are part of general education or major requirements. Engineering and engineering technology majors with at least a 3.20 overall GPA and a minimum 3.40 GPA in the courses required in the chosen major are eligible for the CEET Honors Program. Admission to the college’s upper division honors program will be considered only for majors in their junior and senior years and requires the approval of the departmental undergraduate adviser, the college honors director, and a representative of the university honors program. Should the student’s GPA fall below the minimum requirements for an academic term, the student must achieve these standards no later than the end of the following semester to remain in the program.
Requirements for earning the baccalaureate degree “With Engineering Honors” include a minimum of 12 semester hours of honors courses numbered 300 or above that are within the chosen major program. The senior capstone design course specific to their discipline (i.e., ELE 492, MEE 482, etc.) must count toward the required hours of honors work and include an individual independent research activity separate from the final design report. The topic and scope of the independent research activity must be approved by the faculty project adviser and the college honors director. A final report of the activity is filed with both the college and the university honors program.
Note: Most engineering honors courses are not separate courses but rather subsections of regular courses with an enriching experience. The honors student may contract an honors designation of those courses without explicit honors mini-sections.
Dean’s List Criteria
The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology recognizes undergraduates whose academic performance has been outstanding by placing them on the Dean’s List. The Dean’s List consists of students who achieve a GPA of 3.50 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) while completing a minimum of 12 graded semester hours within a fall or spring semester.