Post-Graduation Outcomes

The strength of a UIC graduate education is demonstrated by our students’ success after graduation.

In the past five years, we have graduated 600 MS students and 58 PhD students in mechanical and industrial engineering combined. Open the panels below to see a selection of the companies, agencies, and universities that represented their first destinations after UIC.

Meet our MS and PhD alumni

What is life after UIC like for MIE graduate alumni? Find out below.

Patrick Comiskey

Patrick Comiskey

PhD in Mechanical Engineering ’19

Present position: Associate, Exponent

What does your workday look like? I work in the vehicle engineering division as a technical specialist for vehicle design and failure analysis. I use my specialization in dynamic systems and fluid mechanics to solve issues ranging from system design to catastrophic failures. My day-to-day tasks might include the engineering analysis of dynamic systems, client relations, and on-site inspections tearing down pieces of equipment.

What impact will your work have? By analyzing and understanding catastrophic failures, I hope my work will help industry design better machines such that those failures do not happen again.

Why did you choose UIC? I chose UIC because of the type of research that the engineering professors are doing and the university’s commitment to diversity. I think a diverse learning environment helps you grow much faster than a homogeneous one.

Favorite course: Transport Phenomena with Dr. Yarin

Engineering-industry person you admire most (and why): Neil Armstrong, for the obvious reasons.

Words of wisdom: Trying to balance your research tasks, coursework, and a social life is going to be overwhelming at first, but if you focus on one task at a time and relentlessly pursue it until completion, you’ll eventually get everything you wanted—and more—done. Just do one thing at a time.