Offices & Services

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Academic Departments

The eight academic engineering departments at Northwestern strive for excellence at all levels of undergraduate and graduate education, research, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Contact a department for information about its:

  • Degree or certificate programs
  • Admissions requirements
  • Research opportunities
  • Seminars and events
  • Faculty and staff

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Administration, Finance, & Planning

The Office of Administration, Finance & Planning (AF&P) provides school-wide infrastructure support in three primary categories:

  • Finance: including budget management and resource allocation, annual Provost Brief, Cognos, accounting (NU Financials), procurement, faculty and staff payroll, faculty start-up and retention, endowed professorships, salary recovery, and non-sponsored finance policy compliance.
  • People/HR: including faculty and staff appointments, staff position management, HRIS, Kronos, staff recruitment, orientation and performance management, staff recognition, staff conflict of interest, employment policy compliance; The Customer Service Center for visas, eVerify, annual report, faculty moves and notary public.
  • Facilities/Space/Safety: including Tech and Ford building management, faculty lab renovations, Tech and Ford emergency response and business continuity planning, SIMS, FAMIS, oversight of McCormick space in eight Evanston campus locations.

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Alumni Relations & Development

The Office of Alumni Relations and Development coordinates charitable giving of all types to the school, including annual gifts, estate giving, and memorial giving. Interested sponsors can give to Northwestern Engineering online, or contact development for more information.

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Career Development

Engineering Career Development (ECD) provides students with programs and services designed to help them obtain work experience that will complement their academic curriculum. Relevant work experience is available through four different programs: Cooperative Education (Co-op), Internships, Service Learning and Research.

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Corporate Relations

The McCormick Office of Corporate Relations (MOCR) works to connect industry with Northwestern Engineering to:

  • Create research partnerships
  • Assist with student recruitment
  • Facilitate access to state-of-the-art research and testing equipment and faculty expertise
  • Connect industries to one another as well as to Northwestern

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Customer Service Center

The Customer Service Center (CSC) serves Northwestern Engineering departments, programs, and other offices. CSC is dedicated to being a reliable, efficient, and professional resource to McCormick faculty and staff, offering a range of specialized services:

  • Admin on Assignment
  • Expense Report Reimbursements
  • Faculty Moves
  • Notary Public Service
  • Research Appointments and Visa Information
  • Space & Safety and Lab Renovations

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Faculty Affairs

The Office of Faculty Affairs acts as a liaison between Northwestern Engineering and the Provost’s Office on behalf of the faculty, assisting in:

  • Promotion and tenure
  • Leaves of absence, both academic and personal
  • Short-term teaching appointments
  • Faculty recruiting and hiring
  • Emeritus and named professorship appointments
  • Faculty retirement planning
  • Managerial and personal advice and counsel on faculty personnel and performance matters
  • Faculty appointments database management

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Global Initiatives

Global Initiatives provides opportunities, awards, and resources to help the entire school community explore and engage with global scholarly activities anchored by Northwestern Engineering programs and initiatives.

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Graduate Studies

The Office of Graduate Studies supports efforts to recruit, admit, enroll, and graduate students in McCormick master's degree programs, as well as MS and PhD programs available through The Graduate School. The office provides assistance and resources in:

  • Northwestern Engineering and departmental operations
  • Financial planning and oversight
  • Research grant administration
  • Coordination of MS and PhD programs
  • Graduate student support
  • Faculty hiring
  • Space and resource allocation
  • Strategic planning

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Information Technology

The Northwestern Engineering IT department provides the school community with computer and technology support, including:

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Marketing & Communications

The Office of Marketing and Communications promotes Northwestern Engineering and maintains consistent brand messaging across all media platforms. Marketing provides resources to the engineering community, including:

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McCormick Advising System

The McCormick Advising System guides undergraduate students as they begin their academic careers, choose and pursue their majors, and complete their graduation requirements.

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Office of the Dean

Dean Julio M. Ottino and staff provide strategic vision and leadership for Northwestern Engineering, overseeing its operations and ensuring continued excellence in engineering education and research.

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Personal Development

The McCormick Office of Personal Development (MOPD) assists students in both their academic and extracurricular lives by helping them:

  • Explore opportunities for growth
  • Engage with the community to find new areas to thrive
  • Transform themselves by reflecting on their experiences

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Research Offices

Office of Research Administration

The Office of Research Administration assists Northwestern Engineering faculty in pursuing and managing external funding as they engage in research.

The office provides assistance with all aspects of sponsored funding, but particularly with the administrative details of proposal preparation and award management.

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Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO)

INVO provides support for Northwestern’s research community through faculty outreach, business development and new ventures, and intellectual property and licensing.

Northwestern Office for Research

The Office for Research oversees all research endeavors at Northwestern and provides resources relating to funding, training, contact information for offices and deans, and more.

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Undergraduate Engineering

The Office of Undergraduate Engineering provides operations and administrative support for the following areas:

  • Northwestern Engineering student body: interfacing with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions; enhancing the academic quality and characteristics of the students; aiding student organizations in functioning
  • Curricula and courses: assuring that degree requirements are consistent with faculty intentions and that courses are offered to best serve faculty and students; maintaining relevant academic records
  • Personal growth of students: overseeing academic advisers, overseeing Co-op and internships; interfacing between parents, their enrolled children, and the McCormick community
  • Accreditation and professional engagement: maintaining the accreditation status of our degree programs; offering engagement opportunities between students and potential employers
  • Academic procedures: enforcing the academic integrity policy; overseeing academic options such as certificates and minors; organizing graduation convocation ceremonies
  • Graduation: managing the graduation ceremony for undergraduates. Click here for frequently asked questions.

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Lost and Found

The Office of Undergraduate Engineering (Tech L269 — Map it) serves as the central repository for any items found in any part of the Tech building and surrounding grounds. Items may be retrieved during normal business hours. You may also call 847-491-4363 or email ueoffice@northwestern.edu.