Graduate Certificates

Elastomeric Materials Certificate

The Department of Plastics Engineering now offers a stand-alone, four-course Graduate Certificate in "Elastomeric Materials."

Graduates who have already completed these course requirements can receive a retroactive certificate. More information can be found on the Plastics Engineering website. You can apply for this certificate program through Graduate Admissions.

For the latest course information and descriptions please visit the UMass Lowell online Graduate Academic Catalog.

Required Courses:

Thermoplastic Elastomers (3 credits) A comprehensive review of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) technology. Physical and chemical nature of the various classes of TPE’s will be considered with emphasis on mechanical and rheological properties relevant to engineering applications.

Rubber Technology Polymerization and compounding of the commercial elastomers. Properties and test methods. Leading applications and methods of processing.

Elective Courses (choose any two of the following):

Design with Elastomers  This course covers the basics of thermoset and thermoplastic elastomer product design. Topics include mechanical behavior, large deformation structural analysis, design for manufacturability, performance limitations, and end use applications for elastomers and assembly considerations.

Processing with Elastomers   This course covers the basics of elastomer processing. Topics include mixing, rheology, extrusion, injection molding, compressing molding, and curing as it applies to elastomers.

Plastics, Elastomers and Additives from Renewable Resources (3 credits) This course will provide an introduction to plastics, elastomers and additives obtained from renewable resources. Processes that involve conversion (chemically/enzymatically) of naturally occurring precursors (monomers) obtained from renewable resources to plastics and elastomers will be reviewed. Brief discussion of processing, degradation and recycling of these materials will also be included.

Polymer Structure, Properties, and Applications Relationships between polymer structure (chemical composition, molecular weight and flexibility, inter-molecular order and bonding, supermolecular structure) and practical properties (mechanical, acoustic, thermal, electrical, optical and chemical) and applications.

12 Credits

Contact Information

Professor Stephen McCarthy 

Department of Plastics Engineering 

College of Engineering 

UMass Lowell 

Ball Hall Room 207 

One University Avenue Lowell, MA 01854

Phone: 978-934-3417 

Fax: 978-934-3065 

Email: stephen_mccarthy@uml.edu


Department of Plastics Engineering Main Office 

Ball Hall Room 204

Phone: 978-934-3420 

Fax: 978-934-3089

The Registrar’s Office
UMass Lowell
883 Broadway Street - Dugan Hall 
Lowell, MA 01854
Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday
8:30 AM to 5 PM


Main Office:
Phone: 978-934-2550, or 800-656-GRAD
Fax: 978-934-4076
TTY: 978-934-2367


Graduate Admissions Office:
Phone: 978-934-2373
Fax: 978-934-4058
Email: graduate_school@uml.edu

To apply for this certificate program, go to Graduate Admissions

For courses and descriptions, go to the Graduate Academic Catalog.