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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.

"UMass Lowell is among the nation's leading centers for plastics technology, and its Plastics Engineering 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, some with their own entrepreneurial businesses (see video), in leadership positions worldwide. Learn more.

Plastics Profiles

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Joey Mead

    Plastics Engineering

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

  • Matt Cherkerzian

    Criminal Justice - Homeland Security

    Matt Cherkerzian is an EMT majoring in criminal justice who helps with research into decision-making by first responders.

  • Matthew Burke


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

  • Patrick McCallum

    Plastics Engineering

    Patrick McCallum got a leg up on his plastics engineering career with an internship at Wittmann Battenfeld, where he worked alongside the company's president, alum David Preusse '85.