Faculty in the Department of Plastics Engineering are active researchers. The department maintains an extensive lab facility allowing the faculty to direct research in areas including the following:
The Plastics Engineering faculty works closely with both industry and governmental organizations on plastics-related research. Most research programs are developed between faculty members and the sponsoring company or organization. Project sponsors define their specific needs, and the faculty member(s) develop a proposal.
In such cases, a proposal is developed with the assistance of the UMass Lowell Office for Research Administration, the University's one-stop solutions provider for managing research, budgets, technology research programs and technology licensing. Mechanisms exist for conducting all types of research programs: from simple short-term materials testing or consultations to major multi-year research projects.
A listing of past Plastics Engineering master's degree theses (PDF) and doctoral dissertations (PDF) is on the web.