Plastics Engineering

Prospective Undergraduates

Dear Prospective Undergraduate Student, 

I want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Plastics Engineering Program at UMass Lowell. UMass Lowell has a variety of very good engineering programs, including Plastics Engineering. Most people are not aware of what Plastics Engineering is all about, so I want to make sure you have a good understanding of this important major. 

UMass Lowell has the only accredited undergraduate Plastics Engineering program in the U.S. That’s hard to believe, because plastics are used in the manufacture of products that range from medical angioplasty balloons to automotive bodies. Industries such as sporting goods, appliances, medical, automotive, construction and packaging need engineers who can design, manufacture, test and manage all aspects of plastic product development.  In fact, the Plastics Engineering program at UMass Lowell is so unique that out-of-state New England students enrolled in the Plastics program receive a significant tuition break in accordance with the New England Board of Higher Education's Regional Student Program (RSP).  The tuition and fees for out-of-state (New England) Plastics Engineering students are only about 45% of the regular out-of-state rate. 

The Plastics Engineering Department at UMass Lowell has a well-established reputation as a leader in the field. Graduates of the department are known for having a well-rounded engineering education with a good balance of engineering theory and hands-on training. Our graduates are in demand.  Click here to read about some of our finest graduates. 

The hands-on aspect of our plastics engineering program is very strong. Students take a number of laboratory courses that allow them to practice what they learn in the classroom. Our laboratory facilities are among the best in the world. Most of our labs are sponsored by major corporations so we have no trouble keeping them full of the most up-to-date equipment. Click Labs to see photos. 

Another aspect of hands-on learning is the real-world problem solving we do. Students recently worked on a local project turning recycled plastics into garden stakes and on a project for Barbados where we developed slate-like roof shingles from recycled soda bottles. Projects like these are underway frequently, and you’ll have a chance to participate as an undergraduate student. 

The department has also introduced a new Business Minor to help give those students interested in management additional training. We have worked closely with the College of Management to develop this optional, streamlined Business Minor program for undergraduate Plastics Engineering students. Plastics Engineering students can receive a minor in Business Administration by taking only four extra courses. 

Looking well into the future, you may also want to consider graduate work in the department. We have a streamlined B.S./M.S. Program for talented students in which you can complete both a B.S. and an M.S. degree in just five years. Many of our students elect to stay the extra year and receive a graduate degree. 

Please feel free to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (978-934-3931) or the Plastics Engineering Office (978-934-3420) if you or your parents have any questions or need any additional information about our program. 

Sincerely, 

Robert Malloy
Chair Department of Plastics Engineering

P.S. - Scholarships may be available for qualifying applicants.