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Plastics Engineering

Plastics are said to be the most versatile materials on Earth.

UMass Lowell is one of only two accredited undergraduate Plastics Engineering programs in the U.S. and a research-oriented graduate program.

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"UMass Lowell is among the nation's leading centers for plastics technology, and its Plastics Engineering program...is helping to push new boundaries of how these versatile materials are used, produced and processed." -The Boston Globe

The Plastics Engineering Department is an internationally recognized leader in plastics engineering education. Founded in 1954, we offer the only ABET* accredited Plastics Engineering program in the U.S. More than 3,000 graduates are working in the plastics industry in leadership positions worldwide. Learn more.

Plastics Profiles

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Daniel Schmidt

    Associate Professor, Plastics Engineering

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

  • 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.

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