about npu

northwestern polytechnic university Fremont California  North Building


the university is first and foremost an institution of learning and teaching, committed to serving the needs of society and involved in the academic and civic communities of which it is a part. to this end, the university is a member of the fremont chamber of commerce. npu attends local job fairs and works with local businesses to provide job opportunities for students. the university also provides space for meetings of various local government bodies and businesses.





northwestern polytechnic university’s mission is to provide quality higher education to help individuals of diverse backgrounds, interests, and skills achieve their full academic and career potential.




northwestern polytechnic university will be recognized as a leader in higher education through academic excellence and a transformative student experience. npu will provide innovative and effective education and a positive learning environment that results in graduates exceeding academic and industry expectations. 





academic excellence - share and expand knowledge, promote critical thinking, stimulate innovation and inspire life-long learning.

student-centered - focus on students’ academic, social and economic needs.

opportunity for success - empower individuals to achieve their full potential.

diversity - embrace differences, promote openness, support freedom of inquiry and expression, and respect others.

honesty - bolster ethical behavior, foster integrity, and promote responsibility and professionalism.

collaboration - encourage team effort and cooperative spirit to attain great results.

community - nurture social, economic and environmental well-being and advance the public good.



institutional learning outcomes


northwestern polytechnic university has adopted institutional learning outcomes that represent our degrees and general education outcomes. these are supported through each of our major areas of study, general education courses, and through our administrative and educational support programs.

npu graduates are expected to demonstrate the following institutional student learning outcomes:

written communication - write sustained, coherent arguments or explanations.

oral communication - utilize effective oral communication strategies.

quantitative reasoning - utilize mathematical concepts and methods to analyze, and explain issues in quantitative terms.

information literacy - identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share information in support of academic, personal, and professional needs.

critical thinking - explore and analyze issues, ideas, artifacts, and/or events to formalize an opinion or conclusion.

specialized knowledge - achieve knowledge and skill required in a specialized field of study appropriate to the degree level.



educational philosophy


the educational philosophy of the university includes an absolute commitment to academic excellence, programs available to both full-time and working adult students, effective business practices, and teaching methods and environments conducive to the development of devoted graduates enriched with critical thinking skills.


northwestern polytechnic university strives to meet the needs of professionals in the high-technology fields by providing learning opportunities in the following areas:

  • electrical engineering
  • computer systems engineering
  • computer science
  • business management
  • management information systems

because silicon valley continually demands a multitude of electronics, computer, and business professionals, npu aims to prepare individuals to achieve the proficiency necessary for quality work in the high-technology industry. silicon valley's most pressing needs are for hardware and software design engineers, software application specialists, networking experts, managers trained in the application of computers to business, and business personnel familiar with entrepreneurship and venture business management. while training students to meet these needs quickly, npu's emphasis is on quality and integrity in education.


npu provides a unique educational culture and learning environment for students because npu has been able to attract a strong pool of talented individuals from silicon valley to teach, conduct research, and provide student services. the abundance of talent and technical resources in silicon valley has also provided npu with a unique student body. a significant percentage of the student population already works in high-tech industries, which makes the teaching and learning even more interesting.


npu intends to continue to keep abreast of the fast-paced changes in the high-tech industries and, at the same time, to provide students with a rigorous educational experience.



board of directors


dr. jay thompson (chairman)
professor/dean emeritus

university of california, davis
sacramento, ca

professor paul jensen
life sr. member, ieee
Former Dean, school of business & Information Technology

northwestern polytechnic university
pleasanton, ca

mr. joseph ting
senior engineer
mountain view, ca

mr. syed asif ijaz
chief customer officer
san francisco, ca

mr. john samore iii
john samore iii consulting; the nothing but company

los angeles, ca

ms. angeli maney
asm consulting services
emerald hills, ca

mr. yu han
software engineer
burlingame, ca

mr. johnny yeh
emergent llp
san francisco, ca

mr. hanno sander
one robot
christchurch, new zealand

mr. peter hsieh
northwestern polytechnic university
fremont, ca


advisory board


mr. jose esteves (chair)
ex-mayor, city of milpitas
milpitas, ca

dr. tri caohuu
department of electrical engineering
san jose state university
san jose, ca

dr. asayehgn desta
dominican university
san rafael, ca


corporate status


northwestern polytechnic university is organized under california corporate law as a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation and is deemed tax-exempt, as applies to corporations falling within the irs 501(c)(3) ruling.


northwestern polytechnic university administers all its programs without regard to race, ethnic origin, age, or sex. npu confronts and rejects all manifestations of discrimination in its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships, or other school administered programs.