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Meet Northern Pact Scholar Kiley Niemeyer

March 26, 2018


Engineering student Kiley Niemeyer, a 2017-18 Northern PACT Scholarship winner, with his groups’ Humanitarian Aid Drone in the Engineering Building on Senior Design Day.

The Northern Pact encompasses principles that outline the expectations we have for members of our community–being purposeful, just, caring, open, disciplined and celebrative. Each year, the Division of Student Affairs awards the Northern Pact scholarship to students who share this vision of service and personal responsibility.

Meet transfer student Kiley Niemeyer, one of the recipients of this year’s scholarships.

Year: Second-Year
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Transferred From: College of Lake County

Why did you transfer to NIU?
I started at College of Lake County, where I earned my associates degree in engineering science. The “2+2” engineering program made the transition extremely easy!

How has transferring to NIU impacted you?
Transferring to NIU was a wonderful process, it seems like just yesterday I was going through orientation and now I am about to graduate!

What advice do you have for future transfer students?
Other students should choose NIU for its amazing educational programs. I also have a few words of wisdom for future transfer students. This first one may be more applicable to engineering majors; don’t overload yourself with classes! Four engineering classes and one Gen Ed is a lot, especially during your first semester. Take a course load you can manage, get your feet on the ground and get involved with a student organization. You’ll learn so much from hands-on experiences in my opinion.

What are you studying and why?
I am currently studying, and about to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering. I chose this major because of my passion for designing and problem-solving. After a few engineering internships, I knew that engineering was the right choice for me!

Where’s your favorite spot on campus and why?
My favorite spot on campus is probably in the NIU machine shop or the Aero lab in the engineering building. I spent a lot of time in those two places throughout my time at NIU and I learned so many practical skills that I would never have otherwise — like welding and machining best practices on a mill or lathe.

What most excites you about your major?
Engineering gives me the opportunity to impact the world in a positive way. In addition to my mechanical engineering degree, I completed my emphasis in sustainable energy. I am truly excited to start my career in the Aerospace industry and help make decisions to safeguard our environment and to keep travelers safe.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far?
The most interesting thing I have learned so far is that in the engineering world, anything is possible. I believe that given enough time and resources, a group of dedicated engineers could accomplish just about any task that was set in front of them.

What most surprised you about NIU?
What most surprised me about NIU was how easy it was to get involved. Throughout my time at NIU I was part of the robotics team, the Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers (SAE) and was awarded funds to take part in a student-generated research project through the Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research Program (USOAR).

Which Northern Pact principle do you relate to the most?
I believe that I relate to the “purposeful” principle the most. I have always been my own advocate to reach educational goals and been a firm believer that there is much to be learned and even more to be experienced.

What does the Northern Pact mean to you?
To me, the Northern Pact was an advocate for my success at NIU. The generous support I received was a true blessing to help me finish my education, and for that, I am forever grateful.

Do you know students who exemplify the principles of the Northern Pact? Encourage them to apply online for the 2018-19 Northern Pact scholarship.