Meet Engineering Technology Alumnus Matthew Dreisilker ’12

Matthew Dreisilker ’12 has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering technology. He’s currently working in sales, repairs. and service for his family business, Dreisilker Electric Motors, Inc., headquartered in Glen Ellyn. He said his electrical engineering technology education helped him grow the technical strength that family business needed.

His education started in high school when he attended the Technology Center of DuPage and then College of DuPage after high school where he took manufacturing classes. He ultimately chose NIU because it gave him the option to explore electrical engineering programs in both the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Engineering Technology to see which he would prefer because the courses were the same for the first few semesters.

He first heard about the Department of Engineering Technology by researching colleges and speaking with engineering advisors.

He chose engineering technology at NIU for its hands-on focus. “I felt like it gave me the ability to be diversified in approaching whatever challenges my technical career would have,” he said. “I have also done things like reverse engineer obsolete electric motor parts to get them remanufactured for our customer’s critical equipment and perform Root-Cause-Failure-Analysis on different apparatus ranging from servo motors to wind generators.”

His favorite courses were Tech 276 (Electronics I) and Senior Design Project (Tech 477 & 478) because they challenged him the most. Tech 276 challenged him to learn how to design circuits instead of just calculating the different values that exist in a circuit.

There were several faculty at NIU who inspired him. “The best faculty members were the ones that challenged me and the other students the most,” he said. “Professor S. Oucheriah was great for his classes and Professor L. Guo who helped lead me and my classmates Mike Lennarson, Jacob Goldsmith win first place prize in the Department of Engineering Technology for our Senior Design Project of an Automated Dual Axis Solar Tracking System.”

Dreisilker recommends a degree in engineering technology at NIU to any student considering the program. “It gave me so much knowledge that could be applied to multiple industries. Applying the theory that you learn in class to labs and projects makes it fun,” he said. “The electrical engineering technology program was a great choice and has helped me in decision making for my career and other things as well.”

He said he really enjoyed life as a student at NIU. “I played the drum set in the NIU pep-band at volleyball and basketball games which was fun. Overall, it was a good experience.”

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