Industry Partnerships

Staying connected to Industry is one of EMDC's highest priorities. Our faculty and staff hold leadership positions and serve as members of multiple organizations. This kind of engagement enables us to stay connected with industry trends, demonstrate thought leadership through speaking engagements and publications, and maintain professional relationships. Fostering these relationships brings great value to our graduates because it enables us to engage program collaborators (i.e., professors, IAB members, other program partners). Connecting with those at the forefront of our field, broadens the exposure of our program to industry leaders and reinforces the unique value that our program brings to developing executive leadership in our field - and thus supports our graduates as they navigate their careers and enhance their own professional networks.

AIA Chicago

AIA Chicago (the Chicago chapter of The American Institute of Architects) advocates for design excellence and cultivating spaces that further equitability and sustainability. AIA as a whole has more than 96,000 members utilizing their resources to strengthen their practices or advance their careers.

American Association of Cost Engineers (AACE)

The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) works to better the performance of its 10,000 members and the industry at large. Since their start in 1956, they've sought to cultivate a pool of resources that empowers AACE members to execute their projects efficiently and effectively. Today the association pushes the industry forward through their varied events, education opportunities, and content library.

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) aims to promote the utilization of domestically manufactured structural steel through advocacy and education. AISC aims to increase the use of structural steel by providing the industry with research, certifications, education, and additional resources.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) works to bring together industry-leading professionals to improve the quality of instruction, publish research on engineering education, monitor and report on data, and influence legislation for the betterment of the field. ASEE fosters growth on an individual level and industry-wide by promoting connection across its 12,000 members.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

As the nation's oldest engineering society, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been a longstanding provider of technical and professional expertise for their more than 150,000 members. ASCE is active in the industry through organizing conferences, hosting continuing education courses, and acting as the world's largest publisher of civil engineering content.


Founded in 2013, BuiltWorlds offers its members an ever-expanding network of industry connections to leverage cutting-edge trends and insights guiding the field's top companies. Their informative content and engaging conferences give members the tools they need to grow in their careers as building and infrastructure professionals.

Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)

Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) focuses on improving infrastructure throughout the country by creating guidelines and norms for managing construction projects. CMAA offers its members the opportunity to refine their management skills through a number of varied training courses and other informative content.

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) monitors and analyzes emerging trends in relation to cities in order to create more safe, equitable, and healthy urban spaces. CTBUH allows its members to network with over two-million professionals working in a variety of disciplines all related to cities, broadening their knowledge and perspective.

Lean Construction Institute (LCI)

Lean Construction Institute (LCI) works to advance the culture and practice of the construction field through promoting the inclusion of diverse perspectives and enhancing the construction management process through techniques and tools that improve efficiency and effectiveness. The institute's events, resources, and certifications teach professionals to improve their outcomes through "Lean" methodology.

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) is a professional organization for the engineering/architecture/construction fields with opportunities for professional development, continuing education, mentoring, and collaboration. The society's 28,000 members are offered professional development opportunities along with a number of events and other resources to accomplish SAME's mission.

Northwestern Engineering maintains a strategic partnership with SAME, which together with EMDC and its sister program MPM, offer tuition discounts to a) U.S. military active-duty or veterans, or b) civilians who have been a member of SAME for a minimum of two years. For more information, send an email to EMDC.