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.
- Air Force Research Laboratory
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Belcan Technical Services
- Blue Origin
- CCC Information Services Inc.
- CNH Industrial
- Dedicated Computing
- Deloitte Switzerland
- Gamma Technologies
- General Motors
- Global Foundry
- HBK Engineering, LLC
- Illinois Tool Works
- Immersive Touch
- Intel Corporation
- Komatsu Mining Corp
- Landis Gyr
- Lockheed Martin
- MEMS R&D
- NEWTEC Windows and Doors
- Primera Engineers
- Spraying Systems Company
- TATA Motors
- TRW Automotive
- Wacker Neuson SE
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Bizet University
- Case Western Reserve University
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- Mount Sinai Hospital: Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute
- Northwestern University
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Purdue University
- University of Chicago
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- Virginia Tech
- Wuhan University of Technology
Meet our MS and PhD alumni
What is life after UIC like for MIE graduate alumni? Find out below.
PhD in Mechanical Engineering ’19
Present position: Associate at 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.
MS in Industrial Engineering ’16
Present position: Senior Manufacturing Equipment Engineer at Tesla
What’s great about your job: It’s satisfying to be a part of an organization that is pioneering the transition to sustainable energy. Tesla is a fast-paced environment, and I’m always challenged here. I also love the ability to learn and evolve as an individual and as a member of a team.
How did UIC prepare you for your career? I got exposure to the latest production practices in process, operations, and ergonomics, which helped me to understand best practices in those areas.
What was the most valuable student organization you joined, and why? IISE because it helped me in gaining knowledge and a green belt certification in lean manufacturing.
Favorite course: IE 463 Plant Layout and Materials Handling
MS in Mechanical Engineering ’02
Present position: Vice President of Hub North at Volvo Construction Equipment (part of the Volvo Group)
What’s great about your job? The people and passion in the construction equipment business.
How do you hope your work will create positive change in the world? By being part of developing sustainable solutions for our customers.
How did UIC prepare you for your career? It helped me hone my skills in analytical thinking, gave me an understanding of cross functional technology, and also provided a diverse environment to help me practice interacting will all kinds of people.
Would you recommend the College of Engineering to new applicants? Yes, for a multicultural experience and the close collaboration with industry.