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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

  • Daniel Schmidt

    Associate Professor, Plastics Engineering

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

  • Kevin Hines

    Kevin Hines

    Plastics Engineering

    Kevin Hines hopes to put his engineering skills to work designing state-of-the-art materials for the plumbing and heating industry.

  • Mark Saab

    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.

  • Joey Mead

    Joey Mead

    Plastics Engineering

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

  • Leo Montagna

    Leo Montagna

    Plastics Engineering

    Plastics Engineering alumnus Leo Montagna Jr. '70, '76 says he wouldn't be where is is today with the University. He is a devoted UMass Lowell donor and supporter of the Plastics Engineering Department.

  • 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.