NIU introduces new Ph.D. programs in engineering

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DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) -- Northern Illinois University has unveiled its first doctoral programs with three Ph.D. degrees in electrical, mechanical, and industrial and systems engineering.

The new programs were approved Sept. 10 by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. They will run through NIU's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

“Our College of Engineering and Engineering Technology is known for its forward-thinking approach to engineering education, and this is yet another example of innovation in program delivery,” Beth Ingram, Ph.D., NIU Executive Vice President said. “I’m delighted that the IBHE recognized the importance of these programs to our region and state, and look forward to the first graduating classes.”

The new degrees follow the college’s two recently added multidisciplinary undergraduate programs in the emerging fields of biomedical engineering and mechatronics engineering.