Western's Engineering and Design department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics and Composites Engineering. This program prepares students for productive, professional careers in the plastics and composites industries. The technical curriculum is built upon a firm base of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and materials science, and provides extensive coverage of polymeric and composite materials and processing methods. Practical experience in design, materials, processing, economics, testing, and analysis is a crucial part of the hands-on curriculum that is provided in the program's extensive and well-equipped laboratory facilities.
Through these experiences, students learn to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to solve practical, application-based problems in industry. Our curriculum is designed through close collaboration with a committee of industry experts, preparing our graduates to be professionally competitive upon graduation. Additionally, students have the opportunity to work on industry projects with faculty during their coursework, and most students choose to partner with a company for their year-long senior project.
Companies that faculty and students worked with in the 2013-2014 academic year include Dri-Eaz, Nike, PACCAR, Pexco, Quatro Composites, R & D Plastics, and Zodiac Aerospace.
To learn about our affiliation with Western's Advanced Materials Science & Engineering Center (AMSEC), visit www.wwu.edu/amsec.