Greetings Alumni & Friends!
As the OM&IS department chair, I often get asked the question, "What is OM&IS?" People hear what the acronym stands for, (Operations Management & Information Systems), but when they want to select a major, send a son or daughter to NIU, or hire an NIU grad they stop to ask, "What is OM&IS...really?"
We decided to make it simple to remember with two words...Processes & Technology. The Operations Management (OM) deals with quality management, service operations, product design, inventory control, logistics, and supply chain management where the Information Systems (IS) part of the program focuses on learning leading-edge information technologies and management of those technologies. Oftentimes people think of our program as just about programming and computing, when it's equally about business process, systems, analytics, and project management.
In 2013, Businessweek ranked the Information Systems programs No. 34 and Operations Management No. 60 nationwide. Both our undergraduate and graduate programs are extremely successful in terms of student interest, job placement, and graduate starting salaries. Companies and organizations hiring our graduates appreciate the manner in which we have effectively integrated business operations with information technology.
I am excited to report that the Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) earned STEM designated degree program status last September. Championed by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the goal of STEM is to increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics literacy and enthusiasm among students. This will help attract more international students to NIU to study MIS, since students who graduate from a designated STEM degree program may extend their stay for an additional 17-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension. Moreover, with STEM designated degree program status, the OM&IS faculty are afforded more opportunities to earn research grants in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The OM&IS Department has successfully implemented SAP in both its undergraduate and graduate curriculum. SAP fits nicely with the department theme - run business better by improving processes and using technology. A total of 49 students received SAP Student Recognition Awards presented by the SAP University Alliances Program since 2012.
Our program and its accolades give me much pride. As do the successful alumni who have graduated from our programs. We have over 3,326 alumni from the OM&IS Department and they have gone on to work at some of the largest and most prominent companies in the world. Abbott, Allstate, Caterpillar, Cumberland Consulting, Deloitte, Discover, FBI, IBM, Intel, KPMG, Lowe's Distribution, McDonald's Corporate, McKesson, Motorola Mobility, Pella, Sears, TransUnion, United Airlines, Target, True Value, Walgreens, and Walmart Corporate are examples of companies who have hired OM&IS graduates and want to hire more – OM&IS students are in high demand!
I hope you enjoy reading the OM&IS program and alumni stories below. For further information, I encourage you to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Steven Kispert, Academic Advisor and Internship Coordinator, at (815) 753-6372 or email@example.com.
Dr. Chang Liu, D.B.A.
Professor and OM&IS Department Chair