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A female UMass Lowell student poses next to a big piece of machinery on her co-op at Sterilite.

Co-op Student Profiles

Allison Fidler, 2013

Engineering Co-op
ITW Technology Center, Glenville, Ill.

"Working in R&D at ITW, I've learned that there's a lot more to plastics than just processing. I'm actually taking the lessons I've learned in the classroom and in the lab and applying them to real-world applications to improve efforts in sustainability."

John Waszak, 2013

CAD Engineering Co-op
Conformis, Burlington, MA

"My Co-op at ConforMIS has given me an opportunity to experience the work of a CAD Engineer creating better patient outcomes for knee replacement surgery, while contributing to the production of weekly goals, and expanding on what I’ve learned in my classes so far."

Jared Peraner, 2012

Manufacturing Engineering Co-op
Teknor Apex, St. Albans, VT

"I’ve learned more than just plastics. I’ve learned about the ideals of corporate culture, employee to employer relations, the need for continuous improvement, methods of problem solving and that time really is money."

Plastics Profiles

  • Joey Mead

    Plastics Engineering

    For most of her professional life, Prof. Joey Mead has been interested in plastics.

  • Alexander Rick

    Plastics Engineering

    For plastics engineering major Alexander Rick, a co-op position at Burton Snowboards was a dream job, a perfect alignment of his personal passion and professional goals.

  • Chris & Paula White


    The founders of what has become a multimillion dollar premium, all-natural cookie dough and ice cream sandwich company hold degrees in engineering.

  • Mark Saab

    Plastics Engineering

    Alumni donor Mark Saab's UMass Lowell education provided the foundation for a successful career. His gratitude to the plastics engineering program is expressed through the generous donations he's bestowed upon the University.

  • Matthew Burke


    While he was accepted at several high-caliber engineering programs in the Boston area, Matt is happy that he chose UMass Lowell.

  • Brianna Atwood

    Plastics Engineering

    Brianna Atwood came to UMass Lowell to study plastics engineering – but she’s done so much more. The honors student started a volunteer program that connects UML students with a local school. She has also participated in the professional co-op program, working on fire-resistant seals for airplanes.