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

  • Alexander Rick

    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.

  • Matthew Burke

    Matthew Burke

    Engineering

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

  • Daniel Schmidt

    Associate Professor, Plastics Engineering

    Daniel Schmidt and his team have identified an alternative to BPA.

  • Katherine Spagnoli

    Katherine Spagnoli

    Plastics Engineering

    Katherine Spagnoli took a roundabout path, beginning at Mount Wachusett Community College, to arrive at UMass Lowell's Plastics Engineering Department - now it feels like home.

  • Joey Mead

    Joey Mead

    Plastics Engineering

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

  • Chris & Paula White

    Chris & Paula White

    Engineering

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