Here are Points of Pride for the Department of Technology.
Our undergraduate programs, which blend extensive experiential learning with business and management principles and practices, are accredited by industry leaders, including:
Typical class sizes range from 20-24 students and regularly include laboratory experiences and other experiential learning.
Facilities include a one-of-a-kind automation laboratory comprised of 10 robotics workstations and conveyor systems. The laboratory was generously funded by the Caterpillar Foundation.
A full-time systems manager maintains our departmental computers and software.
An online summer program helps keep students on track to a timely graduation.
The Department of Technology is proud to support six registered student organizations, giving our students many different opportunities to network with their peers and future employers.
Teams of students annually travel to conferences to participate in national competitions sponsored by professional organizations.
The Department of Technology awards around $25,000 in student scholarships annually. Scholarships and enhancements to our equipment and facilities are made possible because of the generous financial support of our alumni, past and present faculty, and friends of the department.
Placement rates are very positive. Graduates are actively recruited for employment in Illinois and across the nation.
The job placement rate for graduating students was over 90 percent in the last year. Starting salaries for students who received Bachelor of Science degrees ranged from $35,000 to $65,000. For students who completed a Master of Science degree, it was between $50,000 and $85,000.
Each undergraduate program has strong industry connections, advisory boards, and student chapters of supporting professional organizations. Those student organizations in each major enhance professional networking for internships and career placement.
Recent employers include Accenture, Allstate, Ameren, Anning‐Johnson Co., Bear Construction, Caterpillar, DDB Advertising, DSLC, Epstein Construction, General Motors, H & D Quality Builders, Hayes Mechanical, Holder Construction, Invenergy, J. A. Watts Construction, Leo Burnett, Motorola, MSR Mafia, Pepper Construction, Plastipak Corp., Pulte Group, REC Solar, River City Construction, SGS International, Stark Excavating, State Mechanical, TEK Systems, Turner Construction, Weis Builders, and many school districts in Illinois.
Dr. Jin Jo, coordinator of the Renewable Energy program, was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Visiting Scholar Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Joining Dr. Jo is Peter Tozzi, a Project Management graduate student at Illinois State.
Dr. Anu Gokhale, coordinator of the Computer Systems Technology program, was named a Fulbright Distinguished Chair to the University of Pernambuco in Brazil.
Several Department of Technology faculty were recognized during the Illinois State University Founders Day Ceremony. Dr. Jin Jo and Matt Aldeman and Department of Economics faculty Dr. Dave Loomis were awarded the ISU Outstanding Cross‐Disciplinary Team Research Award. Joe Cleary received the Environmental Stewardship Award, and Dr. Pranshoo Solanki received the Research Initiative Award.
Graduate student Bastian Hauk‐Jegen placed third in Illinois State University’s Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Startup Showcase in 2015.
Graduate student Chase Soderlund received the College of Applied Science and Technology’s Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award in the project category in 2015. Chase worked with Dr. Bo Park on his project Uncertainty‐Based Line of Balance Scheduling Method.