Apr 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 

Engineering Technology (TECH)

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Admission to the emphases in Applied Manufacturing Technology, Aviation Management Technology, and Nuclear Engineering Technology is limited. See “Limited Admissions and Limited Retention Requirements” in the front part of this catalog.

Students who graduate with university honors with a B.S. in Engineering Technology receive guaranteed admission into the graduate program leading to the M.S. in Industrial Management. Students who are interested in the M.S. in Industrial Management should refer to the Graduate Catalog or contact the University Honors Program for more details.


The mission of the Department of Engineering Technology is to offer engaged learning programs that promote strong partnerships with industry and foster a synergetic, interactive relationship between faculty and students. The Department of Engineering Technology is committed to provide our students with an industry-focused technical education that emphasizes theoretical and applications-oriented approaches to problem solving. The departmental faculty will strive to provide technical programs which allow our students to excel in current and future industrial settings.


The Department of Engineering Technology is committed to technical education and programs which incorporate continuous improvement, student-centered engagement, and applied research that prepare our students to analyze, develop, and implement innovative and sustainable solutions for a contemporary society.

Educational Objectives

As a statement of the career and professional accomplishments that the Department of Engineering Technology is preparing its graduates to achieve, we have adopted the following Educational Objectives, in consultation with our alumni, Industrial Advisory Boards, and other program stake holders:

  • Apply scientific, mathematical, and engineering principles to analyze, develop, and implement systems.
  • Communicate effectively and work cohesively on team-based projects.
  • Apply technical knowledge demanded by today’s innovation driven industrial workplace.
  • Understand the need for continued professional development to enhance technical and professional skills.
  • Develop applied solutions that meet ethical, cultural, and environmental needs of society.

Program Outcomes

The department’s undergraduate program is designed to provide graduates with:

A. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities

B. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies

C. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes

D. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives

E. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team

F. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems

G. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature

H. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development

I. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity

J. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context

K. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

Department Requirement

All engineering technology majors/minors who do not place into MATH 229 must obtain a grade of C or better in MATH 155.

Certificate of Undergraduate Study

The Department of Engineering Technology participates in the Homeland Security Certificate of Undergraduate Study.  See the section on Inter-College Interdisciplinary Certificates in this catalog for details or visit the Homeland Security website at http://www.niu.edu/HomelandSecurity/index.shtml.

Certificates of undergraduate study in the Department of Engineering Technology are open to all NIU undergraduate students. Students must maintain good academic standing in the university by achieving a GPA of at least 2.00 in all certificate courses and by completing all certificate course work within six calendar years. Some courses may have prerequisites that are not part of the certificate curriculum. All course requirements for the certificate must be completed at NIU. With department approval, some, or all, of the certificate courses may be applied toward undergraduate degree requirements in the department. The Department of Engineering Technology reserves the right to limit enrollment in any of the certificate courses.

Engineering Technology Faculty

Pradip Majumdar, interim chair
Abul Azad, Ph.D., University of Sheffield (United Kingdom), professor
Liping Guo, Ph.D., Auburn University, associate professor
Theodore J. Hogan, Ph.D., C.I.H., University of Illinois, Chicago, associate professor
Sarveswara (Rao) Kilaparti, Ph.D., Northwestern University, associate professor
Kevin Martin, Ph.D., University of Missouri, associate professor
William J. Mills, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago, assistant professor
Shanthi Muthuswamy, Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton, associate professor
Andrew W. Otieno, Ph.D., University of Leeds (Britain), Presidential Engagement Professor
Said Oucheriah, Ph.D., P.E., Cleveland State University, professor
David J. Schroeder, Ph.D., University of Illinois, associate professor
Shun Takai, Ph.D., Stanford University, associate professor
Robert Tatara, Ph.D., Northwestern University, professor
Mahdi Vaezi, Ph.D., University of Alberta, assistant professor

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