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Enrollment/Degree verification

For more information, see the Registrar's Enrollment Verification webpage.
 

How do I get a course petition signed by the department chairperson?

  • The office of the Chair, Prof. Alan Sahakian, is Tech L356, and he maintains an open door policy.  Prof. Chris Riesbeck can sign petitions for graduate students. 
 

How do I get on/off the EECS email alias?

  • The EECS Graduate Student Affairs Office handles the maillist for both undergraduates and graduate students: Tech L351 or by email:  email eecsgrad at northwestern.edu. 
  • Undergraduates, please Include your current year and area of study. 
  • If you are not a student, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your email alias request, and to subscribe/unsubscribe from the EECS Weekly Newsletter. 
 

How do I reserve a conference room (Tech L324, L348, or Ford 3-340)?

The quick answer is to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your request.
The longer answer, with pictures: http://www.eecs.northwestern.edu/resources/reserve-a-conference-room.html
   

I am a TA and need a copy of the textbook(s)

See Lana Kiperman in Tech L359 or email her at lana at eecs.northwestern.edu
 

I am a TA and need a key to the lab

Keys for undergraduate teaching labs (MG18, CG10, CG30 and CG50) are issued to TAs currently teaching in those labs at no cost.
See Carol Surma in Tech L359 to check out a key.

Carol is the one to see for all key-related requests, by the way.
 

I am an EECS major and have a question about my curriculum/plan of study/prerequisites/course requirements.

You may email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your question and we will get back to you as fast as possible.  Or, you can stop by Tech L360 and talk with our Assistant Chair, Dr. Goce Trajcevski; or phone him at 847-491-7069. IMPORTANT NOTE: Before you contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , please make sure to read carefully the information available  in the EECS Undergraduate Study Manual.

The "mentors@eecs" email address is intended to help with undergraduate issues. For graduate students, if you have admissions-related concerns, please check the Graduate Admissions web page for info and for  EECS Graduate Student Affairs contact information.

 


 
 

I have a question or an issue regarding my paycheck.

See Carolyn Mortezai (Tech L351, ph 847-491-8174)  
 

I need a confirmation letter for my visa renewal or to travel out of the country.

Please see the EECS Graduate Office personnel in Tech L351.
 

I need a permission number and/or want to be added to a waiting list for a course

[Special note for "instructor consent" courses: Students must speak with the professor listed in CAESAR before requesting a permission number.]    Students should email their requests to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Emailed requests should contain the following information:
1) The course number "EECS _ _ _" and the phrase "permission number" in the subject line (This will be automatic if you click on the email address, above)
2) Your full name
3) Major and Level (i.d. freshman, sophomore, etc.)
4) Instructor's name
5) Your phone number (not required but handy if e-mail bounces back)
 

I need a taxi to take me to the airport.

These taxi companies offer flat rates to and from O'Hare or Midway airports:
  • Norshore Cab (847-864-7500) 
  • American Taxi (847-455-9600; automated system) 
Check our Visitors page for more information about travel, including maps and addresses. 
   

I would like to do a 'overload' or an 'underload' of classes for next quarter, whom should I contact?

If you are an undergrad and would only like to take two classes (underload) or more than six classes (overload) in any given quarter, please contact Joseph Holtgreive, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Engineering.
Dean Holtgreive's office is in Tech L268; Phone: 847-491-3332 and his email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 

Is there an email alias for X ?

There are literally hundreds of aliases, including user-based ones, and they change often. Ask This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it about the existence of specific aliases. Email root at eecs.northwestern.edu
 

My Master/PhD prospectus, oral or final defense is coming up. What do I do?

You'll need to complete the Examination Request Form a few weeks in advance. That form is found at this link: http://www.eecs.northwestern.edu/academics/forms.html 
Also, be sure to check in with the EECS Graduate Office personnel in Tech L351 (phone: 847-467-2165) for specific requirements, and make sure your Advisor knows what your plans are.   There is lots of pertinent information in the Graduate Study Manual.
 

What are the rules about traveling to countries with U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings?

All faculty, staff, and graduate students traveling to countries with U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings under university sponsorship, are required to complete the following steps (taken from the  NU Travel Warning page of the Office of Risk Management website).  
Read more...
   

Where do I obtain a permission number for a TGS course?

Permission numbers for TGS courses must be obtained from The Graduate School, 633 Clark Street, Evanston.
 

Who is on the EECS Advisory Board?

Our Advisory Board members are listed on the EECS website under the People tab.  Here is a direct link:  Department Advisory Board
 

Who maintains the EECS website and social media pages?

Jill Archer (phone 7-1332, Ford 3.320) will respond to emails sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it @eecs.northwestern.edu AND to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We welcome and encourage you to send in news items regarding your research activity! It's beneficial for the EECS department - keeps the web content fresh - and for you!

Send the details of your news and/or activity item (include a link and an electronic graphic or image if you have one)  to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it @eecs.northwestern.edu or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

NU EECS on Facebook: Admins: Sean O'Connor (aka Sean EECS), Amanda Zarate

NU EECS on Twitter: Admins: Sean O'Connor (aka Sean EECS) Amanda Zarate






 
 


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