Applause, Please! Award Winning CEET Faculty and Students

The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology has a lot to celebrate this spring. Many awards have been granted to its faculty and staff, including:

Purush Damodaran, Ph.D.

Purush Damodaran, Ph.D. has been named a 2021 Presidential Teaching Professor from NIU. He is Chair of the Department of industrial and systems engineering (ISYE) and professor and received this prestigious award.


Mohammad Moghimi, Ph.D.

Mohammad Moghimi, Ph.D. electrical engineering assistant professor received the Early Career Research Award from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the National Institutes of Health to develop a novel pediatric hearing aid.



Christine Nguyen, Ph.D.

Christine Nguyen, Ph.D. associate professor of ISYE was selected to receive the Excellence in Online Teaching Award from the NIU Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. The award encourages and honors outstanding online and hybrid teaching at NIU.

William Mills, Ph.D.


William Mills, Ph.D. professor of Engineering Technology was presented with recognition from the NIU faculty senate. The Bob Lane Faculty Advocacy Award recognizes an NIU faculty member for special service to the faculty.


Madalynn Derro

Madalynn Derro, ISYE B.S./M.S. student, won the 2021 Outstanding Women Student Award presented by the NIU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

Matt McCoy


Matt McCoy, a senior mechanical engineering student with a minor in jazz studies (saxophone) was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a prestigious and competitive award that will result in $138,000 funds towards the pursuit of a graduate degree.

Lauren Bangert


Lauren Bangert, a senior mechanical engineering student won the bronze medal for Intern of the Year from NIU Career Services for her summer internship with Caterpillar.

Di’Quan Ishmon


Di’Quan Ishmon, a mechatronics engineering major, was accepted into Robotics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer program at West Virginia University where he will participate in the Undergraduate Robotics Research in Human-Swarm Interaction.

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