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Plastics Engineering

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

UMass Lowell offers the first and largest ABET* accredited Plastics Engineering program in the U.S. and a research-oriented graduate program.

"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 first and largest ABET* accredited Plastics Engineering program in the U.S. More than 3,000 graduates are working in the plastics industry, some with their own entrepreneurial businesses (see video), in leadership positions worldwide. Learn more.

Plastics Engineering by the Numbers

Plastics Profiles

  • Joey Mead
    Plastics Engineering

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

  • 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.

  • Daniel Schmidt
    Plastics Engineering

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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