McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University
Building on two local traditions with innovation and design at their cores — Chicago’s celebrated architecture and Northwestern University’s excellence in engineering — the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern offers an undergraduate concentration in architectural engineering and design, which began in fall 2008. Students who complete the program are prepared to join the construction industry after graduation or pursue graduate studies in architecture or construction management. They study with experienced Chicago architects, and a mandatory studio course enables them to build a portfolio.
Established in 2007 through a significant gift from Jim and Nancy Farley, the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation works to evolve engineering beyond the applications of the sciences to the creation of businesses that capitalize on innovations. The center empowers McCormick engineers with the skills to be successful entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.
Financial engineering is an interdisciplinary field that integrates methods and knowledge from mathematics, statistics, financial economics, operations research, and computer science. Financial engineers develop quantitative tools that help financial institutions, manufacturing and service firms, and public institutions make disciplined financial decisions in the face of risk and uncertainty. Financial engineers also devise computational algorithms to implement these tools and calibrate them to financial market data. McCormick faculty members conduct a vibrant research program in financial engineering.
A new emphasis has been placed on strategic international collaboration. In recent annual reports, nearly half of McCormick faculty reported international engagement — a total of nearly 600 relationships. All international partnerships are coordinated centrally, and the Global McCormick website showcases these activities.
The Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) was established in 2008. Its mission is to catalyze the development of transformational science, technology, education, and policy for sustainability and energy. ISEN meets this challenge through interdisciplinary training, research, and local and global outreach.
The Murphy Institute is a program that enables a group of McCormick’s best undergraduates to engage in self-directed activities of interest to them, with support from faculty advisors. These activities could include on-campus research, involvement with design projects, or engagement in off-campus scholarly work. A Murphy Institute Scholar may follow an existing curriculum, or the Scholar may design his or her own curriculum with individual interests in mind through the Combined Studies degree program.
This center, formed in January 2007, is a catalyst to transform engineering education locally, nationally, and globally. The Northwestern Center for Engineering Education Research (NCEER) builds a community that conducts leading research on how to best educate engineering students as adaptive experts who can solve and anticipate global technological challenges. NCEER supports interdisciplinary research in engineering education, cultivating relationships within McCormick, across Northwestern, and with other universities with similar aims.
Gordon and Carole Segal, co-founders of Crate and Barrel, made a significant donation in March 2007 to establish a new institute for design at Northwestern University. The Segal Design Institute builds on McCormick’s longstanding commitment to design, and fosters curricular development and research in design across all schools at Northwestern.
The Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, Illinois 60208