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Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, Northwestern Engineering provides interdisciplinary programs and innovative curricula that ensure you’ll be prepared to lead in your chosen field.


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47%

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Graduate work at Northwestern Engineering can be a doorway to a new chapter in your life.
The possibilities are limitless:

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Conduct groundbreaking research

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Position yourself for a leadership role

Whether you choose to enroll in a PhD, a part-time master’s degree, or a full-time master’s degree program, Northwestern Engineering will ensure that you emerge prepared for a lifetime of impact.

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Our students and faculty are constantly expanding the definition of what it means to be a whole-brain engineer.

Luís Amaral

Luís Amaral

Faculty,

Erastus Otis Haven Professor of
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Simplifying the complex.

Finding beauty in the unknown.

Whether studying soccer statistics or cellular pathways, Luís Amaral sees the world as a series of complex systems — systems with many parts that act in complex and often unpredictable ways.

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Cory Bretsch

Cory Bretsch

Graduate Student,

Master of Science in Information Technology

A passion for music.

A talent for IT.

When an engineering student at the University of Southern California landed the lead in the spring musical, people took notice — including an agent. That led Cory Bretsch to take an unusual next step after graduation: performing as a singer at Disneyland Tokyo. He then landed a role in the off-Broadway show Storyville and performed in a national Broadway tour of White Christmas.

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Hadallia Bergeron

Hadallia Bergeron

PhD Student,

Material Science

Crossing borders to create nanoelectronics.

Motivating future engineers.

After finishing her undergraduate degree in physics at McGill University in her beloved city of Montreal, Canadian Hadallia Bergeron knew she would need to leave her home country to take her passion for nanotechnology to the next level.

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Pam Daniels

Pam Daniels

Faculty,

Clinical Associate Professor, Segal Design Institute

Human-centered designer.

Innovative entrepreneur.

After nearly 20 years in the advertising world, Pam Daniels was ready for the next big thing. Drawn to design thinking and the maker movement, she enrolled in the Master of Product Design and Development Management (mpd²) program at Northwestern Engineering’s Segal Design Institute.

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Ayo Bolaji

Ayo Bolaji

Undergraduate Student,

Computer Science

Finding his Northwestern direction.

Guiding others along the way.

As a senior in high school, Ayo Bolaji found a path to Northwestern Engineering through the QuestBridge program, which matches low-income students with academically rigorous schools and provides them with full-ride scholarships.

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Ingrid Cheung

Ingrid Cheung

Undergraduate Student,

Biomedical Engineering

Finding creativity in math.

Helping others believe in themselves.

Growing up as a daughter of Chinese immigrants, Ingrid Cheung wanted to be successful in every subject to appease her parents. The only problem? She hated math.

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Becca Harmon

Becca Harmon

PhD Student,

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Connecting art and science.

Inspiring local youth.

Having learned to paint from her grandmother at an early age, Becca Harmon brings her love for art to the world of chemical engineering. As a PhD student, she now conducts research into the chemistry behind how oil paint dries. “By knowing what’s going on in paintings, we can develop better ones,” she says. “The essence of my research is pretty whole-brain. I’m a chemical engineer transplanted into the art world.”

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Matthew Grayson

Matthew Grayson

Faculty,

Professor of electrical and computer engineering

Creative in the lab.

Innovative on stage.

Creativity leads Matthew Grayson’s work in the lab, on the stage — and around the world.

In the lab, Matthew studies the electronic properties of materials applied to the development of technologies, like cell phones.

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