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Northern Illinois University - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Electrical Engineering

1. Microelectronics - nanotechnology, microlectronic devices design and fabrication, MEMS design, chemical and biological sensor development, thin film processing, semiconductor device fabrication and metallization.
2. Acoustics and vibration - active noise control for headsets, snoring, baby incubators, mufflers, and vehicle cabins, active vibration control, psychoacoustics applications.
3. In addition the EE department has active research on smart sensors and sensor networks, wireless communications, computer architecture, software engineering, robotics, fuzzy logic and neural networks, power electronics, motor control, RF, and electromagnetics.

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Statistical quality control, operations research, algorithims development, production systems, traffic modeling, disaster preparedness using modeling and simulation, and supply chain modeling.

Mechanical Engineering

Advanced computer simulations; mechanical vibrations; active vibration control; finite-element methods; metal forming; micro-forming; applied mechanics; robotics; walking machines; nano-fluids; thermal energy systems; refrigeration and air conditioning; computational and experimental heat transfer and fluid dynamics; thermal design of electronic components; high energy laser material processing; transport phenomena in manufacturing and material processing; refrigerant heat transfer; compact torque converters; fuel cell research and hydrogen storage.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Acoustics and Vibrations Center

Polytec PSV 200 Scanning Laser Vibrometer (stand alone, non-contact, full-field system consisting of a laser doppler vibrometer with a scanning unit involving drive electronics, video camera, and a pair of laser beam mirrors and motors, controller, data management system including FFT and various accessories such as close up attachment, motorized tripods, etc.)
LDS 300 lb Shaker (with Amplifier and Power Supply)
Bruel & Kjaer 4 Channel Input / 2 Generator Portable Pulse
Data Physics DP550Win 3 Channel Controller (Sine, Random and Shock)
Modal Shop 50 lb Shaker and Amplifier
Bruel and Kjaer 45 N and 10 N Shakers and Amplifiers
Data Physics Ace 2 Input, 2 Output FFT Analyzers (in Laptop and Personal Computers)
Bruel and Kjaer 3550 4 Channel FFT Analyzer
Spectral Dynamics Bobcat 8 Channel FFT Analyzer (in Laptop and Personal Computers)
Vibrant Technology ME Scope Structural Dynamics Software
Pulse Operational Modal Software
Spectral Dynamics Star Modal Analysis Software
Ansys Finite Element Analysis Software
FEMAP and Dynaview Modal Analysis Correlation Software
Nsoft Fatigue Analysis Software
Ncode dAtagate 14 Channel Data Acquisition System
Sony 8 Channel DAT
PCB Impact Hammers (sledge, general Purpose ans mini)
Accelerometers, Force Transducers and Impedance Heads
Omega Digital Stroboscope
Spectraquest Machinery Fault Simulator (to study vibration spectra of different defects, learning balancing, alignment etc. associated with rotating machinery)
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Baxter Reliability Testing

The Baxter Reliability Laboratory is equipped to meet thermal, vibration and functional test requirements. External customers may provide their own specific test requirements. The laboratory is equipped to handle a variety of product validation requirements, product robustness testing (HALT), electrical stress testing, and accelerated life testing. Additional Reliability functions provided include thermal analysis, reliability prediction, and warranty calculations.

Biomedical Lab

This lab supports the theory, analysis, and design of biomedical sensors. Projects include biological elements, immobilization of biological components, medical, biological, and chemical sensors, and transducers based on electrochemistry, optics, and solid-state devices.

CAD/CAM Laboratory

This lab is equipped with software like PRO/ENGINEER and ANSYS and provides testing on CNC machines.

Communications Lab

This lab enhances learning via hands-on applications related to communications by exploring signals and systems, circuits, active and passive filters, Bode Plot, Fourier transforms, discrete time systems, and two-port networks.

Electrodynamics Lab

The main emphasis of the electrodynamics laboratory is the conversion of electrical power into dynamic mechanical motion. However, the laboratory is set up to develop many aspects of electrical power conversion using electromechanical and power electronic methods.

Students use this lab for the required Electrical Power Systems course. Projects that have used this laboratory relate to power electronic converters, electric drives, and electronic lighting ballasts. One major concern is the conversion of power from alternative energy sources.


Instruction and research on the principles of ergonomics for the understanding of human limitations and capabilities in man-machine systems. Such understanding assists the industrial and systems engineer to design better and safer products and work places.

Biomechanics & Work Physiology: Equipment for measuring human strength, heart rate, EMG, energy expenditure, and other physiological factors.
Audiovisual & Information Processing: Equipment for measuring noise, vibration, illumination, reaction time, motor skills, information processing, and other cognitive factors.
Work Measurement and Time Study: Equipment for measuring standard time, rating factor, and work sampling.

Integrated Circuit Design Lab

Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory
Lab Overview:

The lab is equipped to assist students with designing, constructing, testing and experimenting with both analog and digital circuits. Tools such as SPICE, ISE (digital design tools by Xilinx, Inc.), ModelSim (digital simulator by Mentor Graphics), LASI (layout design tool), and Mentor Graphics are utilized in this lab. The lab is further equipped with FPGA boards and facilities for digital prototyping. The lab emphasis is to provide students with digital and analog design experience, as well as the FPGA-based courses. In addition, the lab supports those who do their senior design projects or MS thesis related to integrated circuit designs.

A recently added feature to this lab is the possibility for remote access. In this facility, the students of FPGA-based design courses may remotely access the lab through the Internet. They can turn the development boards on, implement their designs, reconfigure the FPGA chips, and experiment all from distances.

Laser Materials Processing

R&D in the areas of laser: welding, cladding, heat treating, Additive Manufacturing and assisted machining of ceramics.


Supply computer resources to support research and instruction for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Micro-computers, computer workstations, and printers. A large collection of software for simulation, statistical analysis, factory layout, and numerical computation.

Micro/Macro Manufacturing

The goal of the M3 Lab is to merge cutting edge research with the latest trends in manufacturing to provide industry and government solutions that will advance manufacturing.

We work closely with our partners, industry, and government agencies to meet current demands in manufacturing.
•Association for Manufacturing Technology
•Society of Manufacturing Engineers
•National Council for Advanced Manufacturing
•University of Illinois
•Northwestern University
•Southern Methodist University Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing
•Reliance Tool and Manufacturing
•University of Wisconsin Laser-Assisted Multi-Scale Manufacturing Lab
•Gateway Materials Technology
•Protoform LLC
•Rockford Engineering Associates LLC


The M.R.D.L is presently a 5,200 square foot facility. This facility consists of a class 10,000 Hybrids facility, class 1,000 Analysis facility, class 100 Semiconductor Fabrication facility, two class 100 Dark


This lab features control system modeling for electromechanical systems. Students may participate in time and frequency domain analysis and controller design.